The new Hopebarometer report is published in December 2019. This edition focuses on the relation between hope and inclusivity.
With an average score of 6.3, Dutch citizens are as hopeful as they were in 2018, but we do see changes in trust and expectations. People have more positive expectations for life in general and social services such as education, health care and safety. Moreover, trust in financial institutions, such as banks, has increased over the past year. We also see a small but significant increase in trust in strangers, the army and political parties.
As a partner of Spark Your Future (a movement that consists of DSM, Polymer Science Park, Vrije Evangelisatie Zwolle and Institute of Leadership Ethics) we participated on Social Impact Day Zwolle last November. With Spark Your Future we empower inspiring, future-oriented leadership as a driver for the transitions towards more sustainable practices and business models. Spark Your Future is supported by students from Windesheim Honours College who conduct a research on hope and sustainability and how to embed these principles in the municipality of Zwolle. Patrick Nullens, (further introduction?) gave a workshop on behalf of Spark Your Future and addressed the crucial need of hope for future-proof leadership.
In January 2018, the Hopebarometer was conducted to test how hopeful Dutch citizens feel. Soon, we will be presenting the full report, but for now, we give a small sneak-preview.
Firstly, the results show that people score higher on the first three more individual aspects of hope, and lower on the three more social aspects of hope. On the general ‘hope-index’, Dutch citizens scored a 6,34 on a scale of 1 to 10.
Trust in the future
The Hopebarometer 2018 had a special focus on the ‘trust in the future of the Netherlands’. When asked about their trust in different actors in society, people seem to be most positive about their friends and family, and neighbors. Generally, there seems to be less trust in strangers and societal institutes such as the national government, politicians and financial institutes.
When asked about their expectations, people seem to be optimistic about their own life, finances and about the economy as a whole, but a bit more skeptical about the future of society as a whole, the health care system, education and national safety. About the future of our climate, people are particularly pessimistic; on average, people scored a 4,53.