The Past, The Present

  • Richard J. Estes
Part of the Social Indicators Research Series book series (SINS, volume 78)


Humanity has arrived at a dramatically different level of well-being in 2019 than that which existed 50 years ago or that which characterized people worldwide at the outset of the twentieth century. And the current century is still young and continues to reveal itself daily. The advances we have the privilege to witness reflect changes in the quality of life of people everywhere, and the forward momentum we would like to focus on continues the promise of even more significant advances in the sciences, medicine, and technology in the decades just ahead. Although distinct drivers for both contemporary and future progress in well-being are not easy to discern with clarity, the rich tapestry of the multiple stakeholders and multisector collaborations needed to bring about these changes is not. We already know the mix of public–private partnerships that are needed to bring about dramatic changes in all areas of collective life (Estes & Zhou, 2014).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard J. Estes
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  1. 1.School of Social Policy & PracticeUniversity of PennsylvaniaNarberthUSA

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