The Best Time Ever to Be Alive

Phil and Stephen discuss a recent article in the Atlantic claiming that 2015 was The Best Year in History for the Average Human Being.

A few highlights:

  • In the US, 600,000 fewer than violent crimes in 2014  in 1995—that’s a 35 percent decline over the period
  • 6.7 million fewer kids under the age of five are dying each year compared to 1990
  • The number of kids not in school has fallen from 100 million in 2000 to a projected 57 million in 2015.
  • The World Bank declared in September that, for the first time ever, less than 10 percent of the global population lived in extreme poverty, on less than $1.90 per day.

What Does it All Mean?

Why doesn’t it feel like the best time to be alive?

Why is everyone so upset all the time?

What is the likelihood that these trends will continue / accelerate?



Phil and Stephen provide a list of 25 more things that it is the  best time ever to to do.


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Phil Bowermaster is a nationally recognized author and speaker. He has more than 25 years experience writing about emerging technologies and the future. As co-host of the popular Internet radio series, The World Transformed, Phil has talked with leading scientists and technologists, best-selling authors, philosophers, filmmakers, artists, entrepreneurs and others who are shaping our understanding of the amazing era of transformation in which we live. Phil helps leaders and their organizations develop strategies for managing accelerating change. He shows how imagination, optimism, empathy, and humor can make all the difference in both understanding and making the most of the powerful currents of change we face.