The Economist Intelligence Unit’s Democracy Index Report is a treasure trove of data and information, data and information that to me proves the world is ripe for new ideas of the Fundamental Change movement.
In a few weeks, I’ll be publishing a new Video Blog series about what the Fundamental Change movement is and what it is making possible. All my content – from the Patron posts to articles on Medium and videos – will be synchronized around this movement, which to me represents the leading edge shift humanity is asking for and receiving.
In the meantime, this Intelligence Unit’s report is so important, I think everyone should read it. But I’ll offer some snippets in case you don’t have time.
Key to prompting greater momentum of the shift has been Elites’ arrogance. Their belief that the world is their oyster and that the masses are ignorant fools, “deplorables” or worse, has left them out of touch. In their ignorance, regular guys and gals have gotten angry. That anger has prompted the rebalancing of forces evidenced by the Clinton upset and Trump win. Brexit is another excellent symbol of the 99 percent wielding its power.
Whether you agree with Trump and his policies or the campaign he waged, one thing is undeniable: he tapped into a “train of thought” (to borrow a term ;-)) fomenting for some time. The biggest indicator of this fomentation was increased distrust of government. As the Intelligence Unit’s report puts it:
Trust in political institutions is an essential component of well-functioning democracies. Yet surveys by Pew, allup and other polling agencies have con rmed that public con dence in government has slumped to historic lows in the US. This has had a corrosive effect on the quality of democracy in the US, as reflected in the decline in the US score in the Democracy Index. The US president, Donald Trump, is not to blame for this decline in trust, which predated his election, but he was the beneficiary of it. Popular confidence in political institutions and parties continues to decline in many other developed countries, too.
I strongly believe this continued decline in trust will result in increasingly favorable conditions for fundamental change.
Unless, of course, the opportunity is missed. Then again, it may be oscillations in the balancing have become unstable, leaving us in a long-term destabilized social fabric, which again is a perfect bed upon which to sow the seeds of fundamental change.
It’s a perfect time for our work.