Editorial: Transparency, the key to rebuilding trust | Editorials
A new resolution for 2022: restore confidence
While most years friends and family share their wishes and hopes for the New Year filled with resolutions to become healthier or achieve a long-term goal, this year’s wishes often included a tinge of humor. noir.
Dumpster fire memes and others that include a reference to 2022 being “2020 too” have been circulated as a way of collectively lamenting the current situation in the country.
While recognizing a shared experience offers a start, rebuilding trust in each other and in institutions must begin so that any hope for a better future can survive.
A global pandemic has wreaked havoc on economies, social life, families, health and almost every other aspect of daily life. It also exacerbated a political divide that simmered in the collective consciousness of the country.
A survey published by the Pew Research Center fall showed that Americans were the most likely to say their society was divided along partisan, racial and ethnic lines. The United States also reported more religious divisions than most of the 17 other countries in Europe, Asia and North America surveyed.
One of the most revealing results of the survey also showed that the United States was one of five countries in which more than half of those polled – 59% in the United States – said their fellow citizens did not could not agree on the basic facts.
This statistic would appear shocking without study after study showing a growing distrust of institutions, including government, media and others.
You reap what you sow. So, rather than striving for “pre-COVID” normality, it’s time for society to start planting seeds to foster trust and transparency. Anyone who’s felt betrayed knows that rebuilding trust takes a lot longer than breaking it, but the process has to start somewhere, and the good news is, 84% of Americans believe that the level of trust in institutions can improve.
Clearly, the world, and more directly our country, must operate in a more transparent manner. This includes government, media, science, business and as individuals.
The advice given on how to build trust varies little from industry to industry.
• Honor your commitments.
• Communicate effectively.
Prioritize long-term opportunities over short-term success.
While the process isn’t rocket science, it does take time and commitment. Rather than bemoaning the current state of the world or wishing for a return to “normal”, the best way forward is to be more transparent. Without this, and without the restoration of trust in institutions, the sharing of dumpster fires seems unlikely to end.