Better World Flux: Where progress flows

Do you know how Australia ranks globally on indicators like life expectancy, health expenditure per capita or primary school completion? How about on less common indicators, such as happiness, or the percentage of women in Parliament? What about the rest of the world? How do other countries rank?

This is Dave Adler, Smartsalary’s Chief Marketing Officer. I am borrowing Deven’s space to bring you the story of Better World Flux, an application that has been developed by a bright young Australian who really cares about our planet.

But let’s start at the beginning.

The United Nations has developed what are known as the Millennium Development Goals in an effort to unite the world by working towards common causes. The goals include ending poverty and hunger, universal education for all, child health, maternal health and combating HIV/AIDS.

David Schönstein’s Better World Flux endeavours to heighten awareness about the UN Millennium Development Goals by making data more accessible – that is, data that will answer the questions we raised at the beginning of this post, and more. Accessibility and awareness are the tools that Schönstein hopes will inspire us to help make the world a better place.

Smartsalary sponsored this project as a tribute to our customers in the Education and Health sectors – teachers, scientists, doctors, nurses and many others who are actively tackling these goals every day. They do this by educating our future leaders, researching cures for diseases and keeping our population healthy, such invaluable and important roles in our community.

Better World Flux is a tool that all of our customers and the wider community can use, regardless of their industry sector, to understand and promote the UN Millennium Development Goals as well as reflect on what really matters in life. By using the site and creating your own Flux you can see that Australia, for example, is amongst the world’s leaders when it comes to life expectancy (average of 81 years) and years of schooling (average of 12 years).

We hope that you take some time to discover Better World Flux. Enjoy it. And share it.

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Deven Billimoria
Chief Executive Officer

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