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Enlightenment thinkers were tremendously optimistic about the potential for human progress: not only in science and technology, but also in morality and society. This belief lasted through the 19th century—but in the 20th century, after the World Wars, it gave way to fear, skepticism, and distrust.

Now, in the 21st century, we need a new way forward: a new philosophy of progress. What events and ideas challenged the concept of progress? How can we restore it on a sound foundation? And how can we establish a bold, ambitious vision for the future?

Jason Crawford is the founder of The Roots of Progress, where he writes and speaks about the history of technology and the philosophy of progress. He has written for the MIT Technology Review and been a spokesman for the progress movement to BBC and Vox. Vox also named him to the first "Future Perfect 50."

We are excited to explore this topic in a hybrid breakfast as part of our Economic Liberty Speaker Series. Join us in person from 8:30 AM to 10:00 AM on Thursday, February 29, 2024, at NELF HQ (333 Washington Street, Suite 850 Boston, MA 02108) or virtually online. Zoom link will be forwarded to all registered attendees.


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