How we measure resilience
The first step in building a country’s resilience is seeing the resilience as it actually is.
Cultural resilience tells us about a society’s ability to support and sustain any venture or initiative in the face of inevitable stresses and shocks. The charts below reveal 8 dimensions of Enlightenedstan’s, Developingstan’s, and Failingstan’s cultural resilience. The stronger each dimension of its culture, the more effectively the country will respond to existential threats.
Economy reveals what elements of a functional economy exist in the country.
Technological Innovation reveals the capacity of the country to solve physical problems, using science and technology.
Arts, history, and ethics reveal how engaged and informed the middle class is about their country, heritage, the world, and their responsibilities to their country.
Identity reveals how the inclusive groups are that residents of the country feel themselves belonging to: only themselves; their families, friends, gang, or profession; their village, tribe, town, or city; their ethnic group, religious group, or political party; their state, region, or province; their country; their supranational geopolitical group (e.g., the European Union); the international community as a whole
Inclusion of marginalized groups reveals how included and enfranchised residents are who live outside the mainstream of the country’s society.
Status of women reveals how much freedom, opportunity, and control the country’s women have over their own lives, and how much they can contribute to helping other citizens and their society.
Childrearing reveals the capacity of the population for empathy, impulse control, rational thought, and moral sense.
Religion reveals the capacity of the country’s public for altruism and cooperation.
Investors in Enlightenedstan can rely on deep wells of human, social, financial, intellectual, and creative capital to sustain and grow their ventures.
Investors in Developingstan can likely find significant human, social, financial, intellectual, and creative capital within individual villages, tribes, or communities, but it will be difficult for a venture to spread outside of pockets of support.
Investors in Failingstan can rely on the relative competence of women and the economy, but there will be significant gaps in the human, social, intellectual, and creative capital needed to sustain and grow most ventures.