2017-2018 Theme

Restoring a Sense of Security

As people are feeling increasingly insecure, how do we help restore a sense of security and confidence in the future?

Many people have lost the sense of security that they once felt in their daily lives. In 2017, the Baker Center for Leadership & Governance will tackle the theme of “Restoring a Sense of Security.”

Across the globe, many people live with a sense of angst and anxiety. Global conflicts, terrorism, and violence in our communities have raised fundamental questions about whether we are safe.

Income inequality, the financial crisis, and employment uncertainty create insecurity across the economic spectrum. Advances in the digital age have made us more vulnerable to cyberattacks and raise privacy concerns.   Increasingly, natural disasters, viruses, poverty and other threats to global health make headline news.

While each generation strives to have a better life than the one before, half of Americans surveyed no longer believe that it is possible.

As people are feeling increasingly insecure, how do we help restore a sense of security and confidence in the future?

Through our programming, the Baker Center is exploring various aspects of security and insecurity. How did we get here? What can be done? How do we instill the sense of security that has slowly, but clearly eroded? How can we, together, restore a sense of security — whether it be on a global, social, physical, technological, economic, or more fundamental scale — and in so doing restore trust in the institutions designed to protect us?