Which countries have an eye on the future?

by on July 19, 2007 at 9:46 pm in Data Source | Permalink

Singapore comes in first, Russia comes in last ("Natasha, we’re going to be late!"); not all countries were surveyed.  Here is the article and graph, via Private Sector Development blog.  Having an orientation toward the future is also strongly correlated with both happiness and confidence.

1 Yan Li July 19, 2007 at 10:17 pm

New Zealand, what a surprise (to me)!

2 veblen July 19, 2007 at 11:39 pm

It’s there, Neal, close to Germany and Ireland, they just left out the South in S. Korea…and it can’t possibly be North. 🙂

If having an eye for the future means laying waste to pretty much everything historical in the country and building a veritable Disneyland of the world, it is no surprise to find Singapore atop the charts – the most future-oriented culture is best built upon a foundation where there is little to begin with and thus, quicker and easier to destroy.

Indeed, my country is the shining star of central planning beneath the guise of hassle-free capital investment. Happiness? Woah, I guess this lends additional support to psychology professor Daniel Gilbert’s findings that people with limited (or no) choices are comparatively happier.

Now to hunt down this research study and examine its precise methods…

3 Rajan R July 20, 2007 at 6:34 am

Heh, as someone living in Singapore, I would dispute the correlation with happiness and confidence. Though, it may well be because Singaporeans are generally fatalistic… I must admit, Singapore is very future-oriented, though their crystal ball doesn’t seem all that effective.

4 Robert July 20, 2007 at 2:03 pm

Perhaps happier people are more willing to think their future will also be full of happiness, and thus will pay more attention to it?

This tidbit interests me for some reason: “What’s more, most people feel their cultures aren’t as forward thinking as they should be.”
I wonder what would cause that.

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