Much of the findings in this report confirm what many already believed a better world might look like. If we had the opportunity to recreate the world, most people would NOT want to continue things like war, poverty, and corruption. People would want to continue things like love, peace, and nature.
But when looking deeper into what people would continue into a new better world, a few more interesting ideas emerge. Included in the top ten things that people would like to ensure are continued from this world are: technology, music, art, culture, education, diversity and freedom.
When looking at gender-based differences, some very different specific viewpoints surface. When it comes to making the world a better place, men around the world say that technology, democracy and language are key ingredients. While women say that love, food, care and community are most critical.
Probably the most interesting aspects of the analysis focus on the regional differences. The top words for each of the defined regions surface what could be perceived as the top global priorities for people in that region; or what some would say have highest top-of-mind awareness. A few selected findings include:
- Corruption in Africa
- Power in North America
- Sustainability* in Scandinavia
- Religion in Middle East and South/Southeast Asia
- Nature in Western Europe and Central/South America
Possibly one of the most surprising elements of the findings thus far was the surfacing of the top three words for all questions and all regions. In looking at the words which had the highest level of agreement across all parts of the world, the following three words emerged in order of importance (or level of recurrence):
HELP - LIFE - CHANGE
This report represents the first of a four-month long survey process. The four global questions will remain open until December and can be taken at www.abigproject.org/myanswers. Art and music development based on the concept "HELP LIFE CHANGE" is starting immediately.
*The actual word that came up most frequently for Scandinavia was ‘sustainable’. The word was modified to ‘sustainability’ to make the concept easier to understand for all readers.