The Inauguration of HumanProgress.org

Conference
October 30, 2013 10:00AM
Hayek Auditorium
Featuring Robert Zoellick, Senior Fellow at Harvard University’s Belfer Center, Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics, and former World Bank President; Robert Samuelson, weekly columnist for the Washington Post; Ronald Bailey, science correspondent for Reason magazine and Reason.com; Marian L. Tupy, Policy Analyst, Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity at the Cato Institute; and Marc Garrett, CEO, Intridea, Inc.

A growing body of evidence points to dramatic improvements in human well-being. These improvements are especially striking in the developing world, but unfortunately, there is often a wide gap between the reality and public perception. A realistic look at the state of humanity must, in addition to recognizing persisting problems, acknowledge positive long-term developments. How best to do that?

10:00 – 10:40 a.m.   Launch of HumanProgress.org
Please join us as Marian L. Tupy and Marc Garrett introduce HumanProgress.org—a comprehensive new research tool that will allow users to:

  • Explore human development indicators from a variety of sources
  • Compare different indicators with one another
  • Create and share graphics in a visually compelling way
  • Calculate differences in human well-being between different countries over time

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10:40 – 11:30 a.m.   Keynote Address
Robert Zoellick will discuss the importance of Open Data and HumanProgress.org as a research tool in economic development and human progress. 


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11:30 – 11:45 a.m.   Break

11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.   Panel Discussion
What is the extent of improvements in human well-being and what challenges lie ahead? That will be the topic of conversation between two distinguished journalists, Robert Samuelson of the Washington Post and Ronald Bailey of Reason magazine.


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1:00 p.m.   Lunch