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

12 May 2015

Portrait of Dr Anders Sandberg

with Dr Anders Sandberg
Senior Research Fellow

Dr Anders Sandberg is Senior Research Fellow at the Future of Humanity Institute, Faculty of Philosophy and Oxford Martin School, University of Oxford. He also holds an AXA Research Fellowship. He has a background in computer science, neuroscience an...

Portrait of Dr Max Roser

with Dr Max Roser
Senior Research Fellow

Max is studying the long-term evolution of living standards around the world. His work is published in two ways: through open-access web publications and through academic journals. In 2011 he started his web publication OurWorldInData.org. The site t...

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.