Take the “Arab Spring”, for example. In 2010, uprisings in countries like Tunisia, Egypt and Libya caused the collapse of political regimes. These were totally unprecedented. Political uprisings are normally predicted based on economic instability, but these countries were doing better than ever. The World Bank conceded that “economic indicators failed to predict the Arab Spring”
. By looking at a much wider range of data, focusing especially on the young adult population, researchers showed
that there were many signs that people were unhappy –but they were unhappy about corruption levels, not about the economy. In this case, experts and leaders were so focused on economic markers that they ignored other concerns like corruption –and failed to understand the real issues important to citizens.