The Legatum Institute is an international think tank and educational charity focused on promoting prosperity. Made up of a community of scholars, researchers and supporters, the Institute is committed to promoting prosperity, expanding personal freedom and opportunity, and changing the thinking that keeps people from reaching their full potential in life. Independent and non-partisan, the Institute engages in empirical research, open debate, education and real world demonstration in order to influence public attitudes and public policy and to chart a path towards a just and prosperous world.
The mission of the Institute is to shape the values, policies and ideas which transform society and help people prosper. Their long term goal is to transform individual lives and change the global political discourse from a discussion of ‘Who is getting what’ towards a vision of ‘Who we become’ as a society. The Legatum Prosperity Index, the Institute’s signature publication, provides a lens through which to view a comprehensive assessment of national success. Prosperity is more than just the accumulation of material wealth, it is also the joy of everyday life and the prospect of an even better life in the future. This is true for individuals as well as nations. The Legatum Prosperity Index offers a unique insight into how prosperity is forming and changing across the world.
Through research programmes including The Culture of Prosperity, Transitions Forum, Economics of Prosperity, and the Centre for Character and Values, the Institute seeks to understand what drives and restrains national success and individual flourishing. With Foreign Policy magazine, the Institute co-publishes the Democracy Lab, whose on-the-ground journalists report on political transitions around the world.