I watched the following video on the blog "Anglais pour le Bac". It is called the history of the world in two minutes and I totally agree that it illustrates perfectly well the notion: the idea of progress.
Just watch it and try to find out how many different ideas for the idea of progress you can see in this video.
There are no words, but just pictures. But as we all know: "a picture is worth a thousand words".
Our story in two minutes