Global Wellbeing Indicators


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The Model

The Global Wellbeing Indicator (GWI) is a holistic measure of national wellbeing developed by the Barrett Academy for the Advancement of HumanValues based on the BarrettModel.

Each of the seven levels of consciousness in the Barrett Model are defined by two, three or four well established global indicators of performance. The scores for each level are normalized, averaged, and then added together to create a GWI score for each nation (out of 700). The 17 indicators and their allocation to the seven levels of consciousness are shown in the following diagram.


Since the arrival of Homo sapiens on the evolutionary scene 200,000 years ago, six world views have emerged. Each worldview was precipitated by changes in human living conditions that triggered new stages of collective human psychological development. The world view of Humanity Awareness, which is now emerging, represents the seventh worldview. The seven worldviews and the corresponding range of GWI scores are shown in the following table.

Wellbeing and Consciousness

Thefollowing graph shows the relationship between national wellbeing as measuredby the national GWI scores on the Y-Axis and Consciousness on the X-Axis (usingthe Inglehart-Welzel survival to self-expression valuescore from the World Values Survey as a proxy of consciousness).

What is remarkable about this graph is the rapid rise in consciousness (X-axis) that takes place when the GWI score reaches 500. The rise in consciousness is even more noticeable when the GWI score reaches 550.

This suggests that education and training programs such as those of the Humanity Awareness Initiative could have a significant impact on the wellbeing of nations.





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