Health of the Nation 2020
“Knowledge will forever govern ignorance; and a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.”
“If we could first know where we are and whither we are tending, we would better judge what to do, and how to do it …”
"We are drowning in information, while starving for wisdom. The world henceforth will be run by synthesizers, people able to put together the right information at the right time, think critically about it, and make important choices wisely."
Edward O. Wilson
The Health of the Nation 2020 initiative provides data and information that will help you be part of the political conversation and take part in solutions. Current political decision making and government performance suffer from information asymmetry. It is crucial for decision making to have relevant, accessible, reliable and timely information. We will seek to provide information where available and to seek to create a political process to develop the needed data sources for public use.
Taken together, the selected indicators reflect the overall health of the nation and the efficiency and efficacy of our political system. The data allows us to assess how we are doing and what we need to do to achieve excellent outcomes. The initiative will explore and address the challenges of transparency, accountability and public reporting.
Gov 2.0 Summit 09: Chris Hoenig, "The State of the USA"