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Methodology v1. 2023

1) Efficiency Civilization Index

(Global Innovation Index + Global Competitiveness Index – (Global Peace Index*100)) + (Environmental Performance Index + Sustainable Development Goals Index – Corruption Perceptions Index) + (Social Progress Index + Human Freedom Index + Rule of Law Index – Fragile States Index)

The process of creating the Civilization Efficiency Index (CEI) involves using 10 global indices from other organizations. These indices provide comprehensive information on the factors that contribute to the formation of the CEI.


Global Innovation Index a measure of a country’s innovation capabilities. The Global Innovation Index is published by:

Cornell University

INSEAD: The Business School for the World

World Intellectual Property Organization

Global Competitiveness Index – a measure of a country’s competitiveness. The Global Competitiveness Index is published by:

World Economic Forum

Global Peace Index – a measure of a country’s peacefulness. The Global Peace Index is published by:

Institute for Economics and Peace

Global indexes

Environmental Performance Index – a measure of a country’s environmental performance. The EPI is published by:

Yale University

Columbia University

World Economic Forum

Sustainable Development Goals Index – A measure of a country’s progress towards achieving the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. The Sustainable Development Goals Index is published by:

Sustainable Development Solutions Network

Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) – A measure of a country’s perceived corruption levels. The CPI is published by:

Transparency International

Social Progress Index – A measure of a country’s social progress. The Social Progress Index is published by:

Social Progress Imperative

Human Freedom Index – A measure of a country’s freedom levels. The Human Freedom Index is published by:

Cato Institute

Fraser Institute

Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom

Rule of Law Index – A measure of a country’s rule of law. The Rule of Law Index is published by:

World Justice Project

The Fragile States Index (FSI; formerly the Failed States Index) – the FSI aims to assess states’ vulnerability to conflict or collapse, ranking all sovereign states with membership in the United Nations. Produced by:

The Fund for Peace


The following Indices are under consideration for inclusion:

Reporters Without Borders: World Press Freedom Index
Global Footprint Network: Ecological Deficits and Reserves
World Bank: poverty data the GINI index
Freedom House: Freedom in the World
The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) – Better Life Index


The median value of each of the 10 indices is calculated and states that score above the median are given a bonus, called the global utility coefficient. The higher a state’s score, the greater the coefficient of utility is added to its initial index, resulting in an increased base index.

The CEI consists of three parts, each of which includes 10 global indices and formulas with a median. Positive indices are added up within each part, and then one index is subtracted from them, which has the most negative impact on civilization efficiency. These negative indices include the Peace Indexes, the Corruption Perception Index, and the Fragile State Index.

1) Global Innovation Index + Global Competitiveness Index – Global Peace Index*100
2) Environmental Performance Index + Sustainable Development Goals Index – Corruption Perceptions Index
3) Social Progress Index + Human Freedom Index*10 + Rule of Law Index*100 – Fragile States Index

The resulting figure is converted to a percentage of the absolute maximum (2012 points). Thus, the efficiency of our civilization (average score) in 2023 is only 12.5%. We are still not use a huge amount of resources.

It is important to note that the CEI can be negative, (usually states with extremely low innovation, poor peaceability, and low corruption perception). However, this does not mean that these countries are enemies of civilization, but they require greater attention from humanity.

If a state is not represented in one of the 10 rankings, the unrepresented ranking is filled with the worst score of that ranking. As soon as the rating organization includes that state in its data collection, it will be reflected in the CEI.

2) Potential global basic income

The potential base income is calculated based on the median CEI values of states ranked above 0, as well as the global median wage. The values are currently 490.2 and 482, respectively. States with a CEI score above the median increase the basic income of their citizens, while states with a median score below 490.2 decrease it. For citizens of states with a negative CEI rating, they receive 50% of the basic income of the last state with a positive CEI rating.

The TRL Global Foundation aims to convert the Index of a Civilization’s Strength into tangible action and measurable progress through the TRL Alliance/Science system that involves of researchers, scientists, and civil activists. The foundation promotes maximum interdisciplinarity and encourages people to register on the TRL Certificate system to declare their preferences, work in the area, and influence the Civilization Efficiency Index.

TRL Rate / Index page