On The WEF Blog: Global Solution Networks For The 21st Century

There is a fundamental change underway regarding how global problems can be solved and perhaps how we govern ourselves. Emerging non-state networks of civil society, the private sector, government and individual stakeholders are achieving new forms of cooperation, social change and even the production of global public value. These networks address every conceivable issue facing humanity – from poverty, human rights, health and the environment, to economic policy, war and even the governance of the Internet.

Enabled by the digital revolution and required by the challenges facing traditional global institutions, these networks – call them global solution networks – are now proliferating across the planet and increasingly having an important impact in solving global problems and enabling global cooperation and governance.

Yet to date, there has been no systematic study of this phenomenon or any comprehensive attempt to understand their potential in improving the state of the world. Little has been done to evaluate what makes these networks tick, how they succeed or fail, what impact they have and how they address the tough issues of legitimacy, accountability, representation and transparency.

This year The World Economic Forum, in partnership with the Martin Prosperity Institute at the University of Toronto, launched a multi-million dollar global investigation of the new models.

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Don Tapscott

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Don Tapscott, one of the world's leading authorities on business strategy, is Chairman of Moxie Insight. He was founder and chairman of the international think tank New Paradigm before its acquisition 2007. Read more about Don.