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    Letting Everyone Speak

    We believe everyone has the right to speak on matters that affect their lives. When we let everyone speak, we also open up the possibility of collaboration, which we believe is essential for meeting humanity’s challenges.

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    Top Concerns in 2016

    map Without prompting, terrorism and armed conflict dominate citizen concerns in many industrialized countries; while economic and other concerns come uppermost in emerging economies.

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    Extreme Poverty Continues as Top Concern

    map When prompted, terrorism, extreme poverty, human rights, and corruption are the global issues seen as most serious overall.

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    A Rise of Hopelessness

    map Overall, people have become more likely to be pessimistic than optimistic about the prospects of future generations having a better life.

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    Can the World Be Wrong?

    GlobeScan Foundation President Doug Miller's book, 'Can the World Be Wrong?' lays out a compelling case for looking to long-term trends in global public opinion to help predict the future.

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Public Opinion
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Over the last 20 years, GlobeScan has conducted over 30 global polls on a wide range of topics. You can explore our resulting insights here.

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Poverty
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People living in poverty have much to tell us. But their voices are seldom heard. We are working to change this.

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Hope
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As pollsters, we are concerned that one of our biggest challenges to getting to the world we want is a rising sense of hopelessness in the world.

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Recommended Reads

  • Global Civil Society Radar

    GlobeScan Radar is an annual research and advisory program that has been tracking public opinion trends across 20 countries since 1997. The GlobeScan Foundation is offering Civil Society Radar – an interpretive strategic briefing package of GlobeScan Radar insights and counsel tailored to the needs of global civil society organizations.
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  • The Economist: The Wisdom of Crowds

    Doug Miller's feature article in The Economist's The World in 2016 special edition
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  • The Magna Carta: Alive but Not Well

    This award winning paper explores global citizen perceptions on many of the principles that have been associated with the Magna Carta, including human rights and the rule of law, democracy, religious and other freedoms, and media and Internet freedom.
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Explore Our Initiatives

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    Initiatives

    Here are the projects and initiatives undertaken by the GlobeScan Foundation, usually in collaboration with other like-minded organizations.
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    Survey of the Poor

    In partnership with Oxfam International, the GlobeScan Foundation is leading a collaboration among a wide range of aid organizations and charitable foundations to conduct the first quantitative survey of the world’s poorest citizens.
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    Lord Holme Memorial Bursary

    GlobeScan Foundation provides an annual grant to an individual or groups of candidates from developing nations with a commitment to sustainable development.
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    Hope Index

    The GlobeScan Foundation is developing a survey-based “Hope Index” to track citizen views of current challenges and their hope for Humanity's future.
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  • Completed
    The Regeneration Roadmap

    A collaborative and multi-faceted initiative by GlobeScan and SustainAbility, provides a roadmap for achieving sustainable development within the next generation.
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    Perceived Freedom Index

    Insights into how perceptions of freedom differ across the 17 countries included in a 2014 poll of 17,000 people.
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    MPOWERD

    A study by the GlobeScan Foundation and MPOWERD Inc. demonstrates the significant improvements in quality of life that Luci inflatable solar lanterns can deliver for rural Haitian families.
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    Back to Basics

    A social enterprise that has delivered 30,000 pounds of fresh organic food to local Food Banks and service agencies, and trained over 100 volunteers and at-risk youth as organic gardeners.
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