Traffic light against pessimism?
It´s an interesting new initiative; ´México cómo vamos?´ (MCV), a new monitor of economic activity in the country bent on promoting development to push Mexico into economic powerhouse-status. Launched two weeks ago, it´s worth visiting their website and see for yourself what they´re up to. One of the more creative parts of the website is the ´economic traffic light´, a series of indicators following a benchmark set by MCV to see how Mexico is dowing - ´cómo va´.
Obviously, initiatives such as this one are seldom able to actually change anything for the better. No government official will listen to MCV and think: ´Hey, this sounds good, let´s do this!´. But there is an important aspect of MCV that I personally really like: their optimism.
Mexico is a country plagued by pessimistic thought, lack of self-confidence and a rather warped image of self. No news there. Three weeks ago, when attending the birthday party of a friend, an architect asked me: ´You travel a lot. Tell me, is there even a country in the world that is worse off than Mexico?´. I was unable to convince him that there are countries in the world where there is more crime, less growth, more poverty and less development. He just wouldn´t accept it, not even in the case of Honduras, the most violent country in the world.
Without disregarding the overreported problems Mexico has, MCV could do some good by emphasizing dry numbers that could counteract the endemic pessimism, simply by pointing out the numbers and indicating that certain solid goals could actually make the country better and aren´t impossible to achieve.