What Malaysia should aspire to be: a “good” country

Hi everybody, I just came across this TED talk delivered by policy advisor Simon Anholt, titled: Which country does the most good for the world?

Mr. Anholt created “The Good Country Index“, with “good” meaning the opposite to “selfish” and not “bad”, to measure what each country on earth contributes to the common good of humanity (as in everyone in this planet, and not just for their own citizens), and what it takes away. His source data are the perceptions of citizens from all around the world, inquiring what countries they hold of high esteem with regards to the following topics: Science and Technology, Culture, Int’l Peace and Security, World Order, Planet and Climate, Prosperity and Equality, Health and Wellbeing.

As he says in the video, “I don’t want to live in a competitive country, or even in a ‘happy’ country, since also the “Happiness index” is a selfish concept, it’s how happy my society is, without caring about anyone else. I’d rather live in a ‘good’ country, one that contributes to the planet and to the human race.’

Malaysia is aspiring to be a high-income nation by 2020… how much more admirable it would be to aim to rank among the top “good” nations…

About the current “winner” country of the Good Country Index, I won’t spoil the experience revealing it, so watch the video to find out on your own:


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