The Global Well-Being Assessment
Measuring the Relative Well-Being in All Countries

Hypothesis:

  1. Measuring a goal objectively and systematically accelerates the objective and keeps those with political agendas about the goal honest.
  2. In one of the most un-scientific expressions of a human world, the well-being of many countries and people has never been measured, let alone systematized.
  3. For us to consider ourselves rational, scientific or intelligent as people, we must show a measurable impact in the felt experience of human beings around the world.
  4. Studying the corollary and causal relationships between different cultures, countries, governments and environments is a direct path to understanding what destroys and creates human well-being.
  5. There is always a better way of doing things.
  6. Starting by understanding the different ways countries and peoples already do things and focusing attention on the biggest wasted opportunities for well-being and the greatest triumphs in the art of transforming energy into sustainable well-being is one of the most valuable subjects a human can study.
  7. The self-referential nature of human cults of all kinds, including cultures, leads most humans to be ignorant of the fact that there are other people with the same resources and opportunities that are experiencing significantly higher areas of well-being, thus prolonging unsustainable and inefficient cultural norms on the basis of ignorance.
  8. This situation makes the measurement and publication of well-being of every country and distinct culture on the planet objectively one of the most worthwhile research projects that humans can be do.
  9. When we consider that the cost of this project is less than the total bribes obtained by a single corrupt official in many governments around the world it emerges as a 10 X research project that we need help to participate in.

Stages, Roles and Action Plan:

  1. Gather a single individual as representative of every country.
  2. Each individual asks for help from 10 different people.
  3. Each of these 10 individuals gives out roughly 1000 invitations, online and otherwise.
  4. Each respondent makes a video interview reviewing their answers to the questions below.
  5. Each video consists of showing an I.D. and reading their answers to the questions and uploading them to a video sharing platform, such as drop-box.
  6. The questions from all people are compiled into a database and submitted by each country.
  7. Students at schools and universities of every country around the world are encouraged to participate.
  8. Translators from every language into English are found for each country, where needed.
  9. The information is published in every language freely on Happiness Data.
  10. The process is repeated every three years.
  11. Anecdotal evidence of government interference is noted.
  12. In Regimes where people are punished for telling the truth, the identities of individuals is concealed in the documentaries and presented as meta-data.

Roles You Want to Play:

  1. Country Coordinator: The compiler and finder of 10 people.
  2. One of 10 people to represent your country who secures the interviews of 100 people, either directly or by finding an additional 10 people to help, each gathering 10 interviews.
  3. Problem-solver: Someone who helps anyone when they get stuck in your country.
  4. Political advisor: Someone who helps people in their country avoid government backlash.
  5. Project Initiator: Someone who locates and trains 15 Country Coordinators. 
  6. Overall Project Manager: Someone who finds and overseas the finding of all country Coordinators.
  7. Individual Respondent: One of 1000 people in each country who measures your personal level of human well-being.
  8. Documentarians: Through writing and film you can do the following, with feedback from all stake-holders.

How to Play Your Role:

  1. Keep a diary.
  2. Notify Happiness Data of your chosen role.
  3. Create an action plan with timed milestones.
  4. Report back at every mile-stone to say you are on track, or how much you have done relative to your goal.
  5. Update your estimated action plan if necessary and give a new check-in point.
  6. Make a video diary (optional) of what you are learning and want to share.
  7. Recruit someone to replace you and sign in at a set point by having them request to replace you and you confirming the transfer of the role and what condition the work is in at that point.
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