The Short History of Global Living Conditions and why it matters that we know it

Delivering sustainable economic growth
Posted Aug 06, 2019 | Our World in Data, University of Oxford, Max Roser

Because humans link their hopes and efforts for building a better future to perceptions of the past it is important to understand and communicate past global development. Max Roser suggests in this publication by Our World in Data, University of Oxford, that a positive lookout on personal efforts and those of fellow humans is vital to the success of endeavours. Yet very few people think that the world is getting better. Focusing on key elements of human advancement – education, population, freedom, health, literacy, and poverty - he argues that freedom is impossible without faith in free people, and that the improvement of global living conditions is dependent on self-respect and self-improvement.


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