What we mean by "Prosperity"
We have created a comprehensive and quantifiable standard to measure and monitor human prosperity
AI Humanity strives to enable the unprosperous with realizable paths to prosperity. By prosperity, we mean a high standard of living; financial comfort; ample time daily for work, exercise, and leisure; a rewarding career or access to financial capital for entrepreneurship; personal dignities and autonomy; justice, including treatment services, not criminalization, for addiction, and sensible and fair criminal justice laws; safety-net services; safe neighborhoods; adequate and accessible rewarding K-12 education; and protection of civil liberties, to name some of the factors of prosperity.
One standard that has made an admirable effort to measure economic self sufficency is the The Self-Sufficiency Standard. But even this standard doesn’t accurately represent the reality of expenditures and well-being for a 21st-century person, not even for citizens in the states where The Self-Sufficiency Standard operates. AI Humanity still needed a comprehensive and precise way to measure human prosperity.
Example of an Individual’s Prosperity Score
- 0Devastatingly Poor
- Ecological Ceiling As Kate Raworth warns in Doughnut Economics, "[This boundary marks] an overshoot of pressure on Earth's life-giving systems, such as through climate change, ocean acidification and chemical pollution." (p. 39)
Factors That Compute the Prosperity Score
Each score factor (or main category) is computed for its own measure of prosperity, the reason for the different colors and scores below. The colors and scores show the person’s state of prosperity (that is, devastatingly poor, poor, rising, or prosperous) in that specific category or subcategory.
- Financial Comfort: The Self-Sufficiency Standard + 45%1.0
- Personal Well Being1.5
- Comfortable Housing: HAVC, Water, Plumbing, and Electricity2.5
- Personal Enlightenment3.0
- Language Literacy6.5
- Literacy of fundamental civil rights and laws2.0
- Basic Economics Literacy2.0
- Financial Literacy1.0
- Governmental and Political Literacy4.0
- Basic Ecological Literacy3.0
- Early Childhood Development Literacy3.0
- Cultural Literacy1.0
- Religious and Spiritual Freedom3.5
- Rewarding Career (if interested in one and able to work)4.0
- Personal Advancement and Purpose5.0
- Stable Government6.0
- Affordable and Accessible Healthcare6.5
- Leisure and Social Activities6.5
- Accessible and Reliable Transportation7.1
- Safe and Reliable Waste Management7.2
- Adequate and Accessible Childcare to K-12 Education7.8
- Protection of Comprehensive Civil Liberties8.0
- Safe Neighborhood and Sufficient Community Resources8.2
- Safety Net Programs and Resources for the Elderly8.5
- Personal Computing Device and Internet Access9.0
- Reliable and Efficient Business and Finance Infrastructure9.2
- Respect for Welfare of Partner Countries9.5
- Ecological Safety and Wellness9.5
Two Types of Prosperity Score: Individual and Community
An individual’s prosperity in any given community can’t be determined accurately from the community’s prosperity, since the factors used to assess the prosperity of a community cannot tell us the precise economic status of the individual.
For this reason, we have created two forms of the prosperity score—the individual (or personal) prosperity score and the community prosperity score, as described below.
Although both the individual and the community prosperity scores use many of the same score factors (e.g., environmental and waste management, healthcare, accessible and reliable transportation), the individual prosperity score also uses factors unique to the specific individual whose prosperity is being evaluated. These include such personal factors as income, age, education, family size, expenses, aspirations, and so on.
Thus, the personal prosperity score uses its own unique score factors as well as score factors used for the community prosperity score, since an individual likely belongs to (that is, resides in) a specific community.
AI Humanity relies heavily on the prosperity score. It helps direct and instruct all of our policies and solutions. It is the first step AI Humanity takes to locate the unprosperous, to decide what kind of help they need, and to determine how best to help them. It also tells us what resources and opportunities are needed by any given individual or community.
The prosperity score serves an integral role in AI Humanity’s comprehensive solution. Sometime in 2020 or sooner, after we complete the prosperity score, which is currently in the research phase, we will make it available for public use.
Martin Ravallion, an economist at the World Bank, noticed in 1990 that “the poverty lines of a few of the world’s poorest countries clustered around $1.02 per day”1 (The Divide) and arbitrarily declared that figure to be the poverty line.
Since then, the world has been using that guideline as a measure of world poverty, with some fluctuations when politicians and bureaucrats, for their own expediency, decide to increase or reduce the number of poor people in any region of the world, within minutes and often by hundreds of millions of people, just by effortlessly tweaking a number here or adjusting a formula there. This privilege and control over the poor exemplify the powerlessness and heartbreaking existence of poor and unprosperous people.