Global data suggests innovation is slowing

1 July 2020

The publication of Professor Daniel Dorling’s ‘Slowdown: the end of the great acceleration and why it is good for the planet, the economy and our lives’ went to press before Covid19 changed our world but its timing is significant.

Dorling has spent the last few years studying global data on economic growth and finds that even though new technologies are reshaping our lives, the rate of innovation is actually slowing.

His data ‘atlases’ including this latest offering, are a must read for those of us interested in data visualisations for a non-specialist audience – but the material here is reassuringly optimistic in the current context. His conclusions, based on incredibly diverse data sets, suggest we should embrace this slowdown as an opportunity for an essential rebalancing of the global economy and of our unrealistic expectations of economic growth.