Countering Truth Decay

Truth Decay is the term we use for the diminishing role of facts and analysis in public life. Truth Decay erodes civil discourse. In government, that leads to dysfunction and more and more often, gridlock, which further erodes public trust in institutions and increases the risk of civic disengagement from the processes that make a democracy work.

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Rethinking and retooling institutions

We must rethink and retool institutions. In the decades leading up to the present, nobody could have foreseen today’s political and economic environment. The time is ripe for a broad rethinking of the institutions and arrangements that have defined everything from banking, economic development, and commerce to defense, law enforcement, and human rights.

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Strengthening and safeguarding communities

At the local level, communities are already experiencing global problems such as rising social and economic inequity, unsustainable cities, and the health needs of an aging population. Local communities are also pressing for quality education, sustainable jobs, and a responsive policing and criminal justice system.

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A new era of problem solving

An educational institution like no other, Pardee RAND Graduate School has a crucial role to play in fulfilling our campaign mission: It will be an engine of new ideas and talent as well as a vital platform for new tools and strategies.

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Ensuring agility

Throughout RAND’s history, we have developed groundbreaking solutions to some of the world’s most challenging problems, often shaping the course of events in profound ways. Beginning with experts on a broader range of policy issues than any other research organization, we have the talent, tools, and ambition to confront complexity with sustained research and analysis.

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