Center for Societal Progress

The Center for Societal Progress (Zentrum für gesellschaftlichen Fortschritt) is a non-profit think tank based in Frankfurt, Germany. Since its launch in 2009 it works on new ways and methods that can help improve the quality of life of people. We link the national debate on wellbeing in Germany with activities in other countries. The insights from the past years are summarized in our small manual "Quality of Life Processes".

The director of the Center is a member of the scientific advisory board of the German national wellbeing strategy. Proposals for such a strategy were developed in the working group "Prosperity, quality of life and progress" in the German Chancellor's 2011/12 Dialogue on Germany's Future (English version here from page 106), led by Stefan Bergheim. The Center is a Correspondent to the OECD’s Global Project on Measuring the Progress of Societies.
Practical, hands-on experience on quality of life processes comes from our involvement in "Positive Futures - Forum for Frankfurt". This process started in early 2014. Visions and indicators were published in June 2015. Concrete projects for better lives are the main focus now.
The Center's first major product was the Progress Index (2011 short English version), which provides a measure of wellbeing for 22 countries since 1970 that goes beyond GDP. Our Progress Studies explore topics such as "Positive Futures" or work and health. They are usually published only in German (exception is Tasmania Together). Our event series Progress Factory combines work on content with new dialogue formats.

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