So in our last post, I showed why history is so crucial to our understanding of the here and now.

No politician, journalist, businessperson or campaign cared about the historical plight Brexit would plunge Britain into.

Or knew what to do about it.

Sadly, history is littered with leaders who lose the war of their world by failing to understand their epoch, their era, the power they have and the ways to deploy it to better protect and enhance their people’s lives.

The last time was in the 1930’s when the leaders gathered in the League of Nations failed to stop dictators using their smart power to conquer.

But only if they really had a league….

Set up exactly 100 years ago, the League of Nations was an international diplomatic group developed after World War I as a way to solve disputes between countries before they erupted into open warfare. 

By letting dictators run amok, seeing them laugh at the powerless words of the world's first ever international friendship society, it failed.

Ending up voting on the length of railway sleepers on the day war broke out.

Not for nothing, the old League of Nations had a bad press. 

But one day I thought that if it was called the League of Nations why didn't it actually have a league table? If the world could have seen Hitler plunging Germany down the league table of freedom, rising up the league table of military spending, feared in opinion polls things might have been different. Why couldn't they see it coming? They had the data.

They would have seen that even by 1935 Germany had already got the same number of soldiers, airmen and sailors as the UK...

They would have seen that by 1936 Germany had become the biggest global spender on its military...

And the very purpose of the League of Nations - embedding democracy - was collapsing in front of their eyes...

And why didn't they ask the people? Hardly anyone trusted Hitler or Mussolini. A fearful people needed facts to speak louder than the words of Chamberlain and Beaverbrook to make sense of what Hitler could do, why, where and when. 

Source: Talkwalker poll

So the truth was out there.

So what’s different now? 

Big data – actual and social - enables us to identify the annual league table position of major countries today. BUT ONLY PIECEMEAL AND ONLY YEAR BY YEAR.

But to understand the world, people expect to see change on a bigger scale and much quicker. 

We want you to see how countries are doing daily - like football teams or share prices - not just in one or two policy areas but in everything. Judging countries not only on the games they play, but the tournaments they win. 

For that we have to go higher – to bring all data together under one theme: smart power.

To go lower – to bring the wisdom of crowds to bear through online polling: people power

And to go wider – to show how all nations are winning or losing: the League of Nations.

To do this we have created a program called the Power Index.

The Power Index stakes a new claim with a new methodology.

The Power Index is built by aggregating empirical data from some 6000 indices on specific topics produced by up to 100 global sources.

It assesses 3500 data sources - paid for by your taxes, don't forget - and creates 32 weekly league tables. All these leagues' countries get ranking points from their positions, from how people are thinking they're playing. All these are then fed up into the League of Nations.