Technologies that can deliver self-improvement are becoming ever more accessible to those who seek it.
Statistics help us grasp the massively complex forces shaping the world. Economists, sociologists, journalists and even philanthropists use statistics as a kind of tuning fork to pick up signals of disruption. But underlying all such measures is a force larger and more powerful than anything that can be quantified. That most disruptive of forces is ambition.
In our interconnected, interdependent world, ambition is no longer local, limited to what people see or experience directly. Thanks to the ubiquity of the internet and mobile phones, just about anyone anywhere, including the 3+ billion of the global population living on $2.50 a day or less, now has access to information they could not have imagined even a decade ago.
Ask any of those living in poverty what's important and their answers will be much the same: Ways to provide for their families, enough to eat, healthcare, education, safety, and the dignity of self-determination. In other words, more than half the world's population aspires to what others take for granted.
Ambition translates aspiration into action. It's the secret sauce that accelerates problem solving, spurs entrepreneurship, and galvanizes leadership. Most important, ambition is what drives human beings to improve their lives.