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  • Anger is all around us. As Donald Trump's victory shows, millions of you feel, like in the movie “Network”, that “I’m as mad as hell, and I’m not going to take it anymore” Well, you’re right to feel that way, even though Trump and other populists are offering the wrong solutions. Western countries have let their citizens down.

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  • The 2008 western financial crisis was a crime of negligence, short-term thinking and selfishness. And in its long aftermath we feel weak in the face of China, Russia and Islamic State, of our own rising robots and ageing societies, and of the inequalities we have foisted upon ourselves. We are poorly prepared for the future -- and too complacent or arrogant to admit it

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  • We need to think longer term, and to rebuild our values and our strengths. So as a guide to what could be done better we have arranged our 2050 Index around two basic values – Resilience and Openness -- and around preparations for Demography, the Knowledge economy and Innovation.

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  • None us can know what the future will bring. But the aim of the 2050 Index is to show which countries currently look in better shape to confront and adapt to that radical uncertainty. Our overall winner for 2016 is Switzerland. It is a champion of resilience, knowledge and innovation, though less strong on openness and demography.

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  • This is the first edition of our new Index. A regular blog will explore and explain all its implications. But above all we want to hear from YOU about what should be in the 2050 index in future and what you think good preparation really requires. Send your ideas using this form or email them directly to... 2050@thewakeupfoundation.eu ...and we will publish as many as we can.

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