How we measure safety
The first step in making a country safe is a common understanding of what threatens it.
An investor who specializes in solving a particular threat is much more likely to succeed in a country that considers that threat important.
Our interviews reveal the most important large-scale threats to a country as perceived by that country’s prime actors. We compare these threats with the analyses of outside experts, to show the differences.
Below are threats to three imaginary countries, Enlightenedstan, Developingstan, and Failingstan, as seen by the prime actors’ interview data and by outside experts.
The threats named only by prime actors are useful to outside experts and other outside actors who have missed crucial threats, or misunderstood the perceptions and priorities of prime actors.
The threats named only by outside experts reveal the status quo understanding. Sovereignty Accelerator participants (prime actors and customers) can use this information to better understand and counter the biases of outsiders.
Outside experts and other outside actors can use this information to either recognize:
•Their own biases, blind spots, or faulty data
•The ignorance of the prime actors to one or more rising threat(s).
The threats named by both groups confirm the reality of those threats.