Monday, May 18, 2015

New Ways of Looking Outside the Box - Social Progress Imperative - PIE - Quality

This Blog takes a look at new ways of looking outside the Box for Gross Domestic Product (GDP), Productive Innovative Engine (PIE), Triple Bottom Line  and Quality.  It also introduces the Social Progress Imperative (SPI) and discusses how these are useful tools for improving the Health of Paradigms.

This diagram shows these various functions and relations.

The following videos set the stage related to Social Progress Imperative.  These should be viewed first before diving into the discussion that follows.

What does a Successful Country Look Like? See Video:
Michel Green TED Talk

Michael Porter video: Why business can be good at solving social problems
Another nice Video:


This website is the portal for Social Progress Imperative (SPI) :


Social Progress Index (SPI)
  • Basic Human Needs
    •  Nutrition and Basic Medical Care
      • Under Nourishment
      • Depth of Food Deficient 
      • Maternal Mortality Rate
      • Child Mortality Rate
      • Deaths from Infectious  Diseases 
    • Water and Sanitation 
      • Access to Piped Water
      • Rural Access to Improved Water Sources
      • Access to Improved Sanitation Facilities 
    • Shelter
      • Availability of affordable Housing
      • Access to Electricity
      • Quality of Electricity supply
      • Household or pollution attributable deaths
    • Personal Safety
      • Homicide rate
      • Level of violent crime
      • Perceived criminality
      • Political Terror
      • Traffic Deaths   
  •         Foundations of Well-being
    • Access to basic knowledge
      • Adult literacy rate
      • Primary School Enrollment
      • Lower Secondary School Enrollment
      • Upper Secondary School Enrollment
      • Gender parity in secondary enrollment
    • Access to Information and Communication
      • Mobile telephone subscribers
      • Internet Users
      • Press Freedom Indices
    • Health and Wellness
      • Life Expectancy
      • Premature deaths from non-communicable Diseases
      • Obesity Rate
      • Outdoor air pollution attributable deaths
      • Suicide Rate
    • Ecosystem Sustainability
      • Greenhouse Gas Emissions
      • Water withdrawal as a percentage of resources
      • Biodiversity and habitat
  • Opportunity
    • Personal Rights
      • Political Rights
      • Freedom of Speech
      • Freedom of assembly/association
      • Freedom of movement
      • Private Property Rights
    • Personal Freedom and Choice
      • Freedom over life choices
      • Freedom of Religion
      • Early Marriage
      • Satisfied demand for contraception
      • Corruption  
    • Tolerance and Inclusion
      • Tolerance for immigrants
      • Tolerance for Homosexuals
      • Discrimination and violence against minorities 
      • Religious tolerance
      • Community safety net  
    • Access to Advanced Education
      • Years of tertiary schooling
      • Women's average years in school
      • Inequality in the attainment of education
      • Globally ranked universities
 To me, these various indexes provide a tool to objectively measure the Health of a Paradigm.
Gross Domestic Product Definition

Gross domestic product (GDP) is defined by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) as "an aggregate measure of production equal to the sum of the gross values added of all resident, institutional units engaged in production (plus any taxes, and minus any subsidies, on products not included in the value of their outputs)."[2]

The more familiar use of GDP estimates is to calculate the growth of the economy from year to year (and recently from quarter to quarter). The pattern of GDP growth is held to indicate the success or failure of economic policy and to determine whether an economy is 'in recession'.



Triple Bottom Line impacts:


Stanford Social Innovation Review Winter 2012 Roundtable on Impact Investing

Piedmont Together


Productive Innovative Engine (PIE)

Quality and other blogs:


It is hoped this blog will give readers a new set of eyes for thinking outside the Box. GDP comparison to SPI expands understanding of factors that create a healthy paradigm.
Comments are welcomed.
Thanks for your time.