"‘We’ve never had it so good’ – how does the world today compare to 1957?" - Panel Discussion

12 May 2015

Portrait of Dr Max Roser

with Dr Max Roser
Director, Oxford Martin Programme on Global Development

Max leads the Oxford Martin Programme on Global Development. He and his team focus their research on large global problems, including poverty, disease, hunger, climate change, existential risks, and war. He is the Professor of Practice in Global Data...

Portrait of Professor Brian Nolan

with Professor Brian Nolan
Professor of Social Policy

Brian Nolan is Director of INET’s Employment, Equity and Growth Programme and Professor of Social Policy at the Department of Social Policy and Intervention. He was previously Principal of the College of Human Sciences and Professor of Public Policy ...

During a speech in 1957, Prime Minister Harold MacMillan declared "most of our people have never had it so good”. Now, more than half a century later, are we fundamentally any better off? Through discussion of technological advances, social changes, political reforms, and economic shocks and recessions, this panel will seek to question whether the world we currently live in is indeed a better place than it was in the 1950s.