The history and future of everybody

Next Economy – October 2016 – San Francisco

Our World in Data

Better Education

The global average literacy rate in 1870 was 21%.

Years of schooling in 1870.
– In 1870 the literacy rate of the world was 21%.
– In 2014 the literacy rate of the world was 85%.

Fewer illiterate people: in 1930 the literate world population was only 33%; by 2014 it is at 85%

Better Health

"In 1800, 43% of the world's population died as children. By 1950 it was down to 20%. By 2013 it was down to 3.4%. This is a big win!"

A key innovation in health were vaccines. We should not forget how important this innovation was, also for you here in the US.

In many parts of the world malaria has been eradicated (in the US in 1951) and around the world, malaria mortality figures are falling.


Declining extreme poverty

3.2 billion are online. 44% of the world population.

The Future of Global Education

We can see how the world will change when we compare the education of the old generation with the generation of the young generation.

The younger generation is much better educated.

Projection of the Total World Population by Level of Education, 2015 – 2100
According to IIASA the world population will peak in 2070. The number of children will decline; only population momentum + longer lives increase the world population.

By 2100, almost no one without formal education; 3 billion with post secondary; more than 7 billion minds who will have received at least secondary education.



Better educated

More connected

Good conditions to take on big problems collaboratively.

Our World in Data

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