Progress studies is an intellectual movement focused on figuring out why progress happens and how to make it happen faster.[1]

The field examines the economic, technological, scientific, cultural, and organizational changes that have improved standards of living over human history, seeking to identify the individuals, cultures, and institutions responsible for this progress, and to apply this knowledge to the design of interventions aimed at further improving the human condition.

Further reading

Collison, Patrick & Tyler Cowen (2019) We need a new science of progress, The Atlantic, July 30.

Crawford, Jason (2019) Progress studies as a moral imperative, The Roots of Progress, September 7.

May, Daniel (2019) Progress studies reading list, Daniel May’s Blog, August.

Piper, Kelsey (2022) To make progress, we need to study it, Vox, February 11.

Whitaker, Nick (2021) The crux: collaboration, High Modernism, December 14.

The Roots of Progress. A nonprofit organization about progress studies.

Progress Forum.  An online discussion forum for the progress community in the style of the Effective Altruism Forum.

communities adjacent to effective altruism | cultural evolution | differential progress | economic growth | history | scientific progress | The Roots of Progress | rationality community

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    Piper, Kelsey (2022) To make progress, we need to study it, Vox, February 11.