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United People: Designing A New Model of Global Governance

A. Georges L. Romme, Christopher Ansell, John Buck, Younghoon Choi, Rob van der Eyden, Ver?nica Figueroa Huencho, Edwin John, Tracy Kunkler, Johanna Mair, Albert Meijer, Renate Meyer, Karen Stephenson, Liisa V?likangas, Nathaniel Whitestone and Cordelia Yu
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A. Georges L. Romme: Professor of Entrepreneurship & Innovation, Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands.
Christopher Ansell: Professor of Political Science, University of California, Berkeley, USA
John Buck: GovernanceAlive & Center for Dynamic Community Governance, USA.
Younghoon Choi: Professor of Public Administration, Kwangwoon University, South-Korea.
Rob van der Eyden: The Sociocracy Group, Netherlands.
Ver?nica Figueroa Huencho: Professor & director of University of Chile?s School of Government & Public Management, Chile.
Edwin John: Neighborhood Community Network; initiator of Neighborhood Parliaments project (India).
Tracy Kunkler: Circle Forward Partners & Healthy Power Alliance, USA.
Johanna Mair: Professor of Organization, Strategy & Leadership, Hertie School of Governance, Germany.
Albert Meijer: Professor of Public Innovation, Utrecht University, Netherlands.
Renate Meyer: Professor of Organization Studies, WU Vienna, Austria.
Karen Stephenson: Cultural anthropologist, NetForm International, USA.
Liisa V?likangas: Professor in Innovation Management, Aalto University and Hanken School of Economics, Finland.
Nathaniel Whitestone: Genius Engine & Healthy Power Alliance, UK.
Cordelia Yu: Content & Editorial Strategist, Taiwan/USA.

Journal of Asian Scientific Research, 2018, vol. 8, issue 4, 152-170

Abstract: Human-driven changes on this planet have been giving rise to global warming, social instability, civil wars, and acts of terrorism. The existing system of global governance is not equipped to effectively address these enormous challenges. It is slow where one must move quickly, favors bureaucracy and politics over authentic deliberations and effective interventions, and caters to power-brokers and mega-corporations. The world therefore needs a model of global governance that serves to make and implement collectively binding decisions that acknowledge the interests of all those affected, including future generations. This governance model must coordinate the work of great (e.g. national) powers, and at the same time enable billions of people to bring their intelligence and creativity to bear on these challenges. In many ways, the quest for a new system of global governance is a grand societal challenge in itself. In this paper, we draw on idealized design to develop an ideal model of global governance and explore the collective search and experimentation efforts it implies. This so-called United People (UP) model involves a circular hierarchy in which power and communication flow in ways that help the global community to effectively address transnational challenges and problems. It involves several, relatively small, governance bodies?rather than a large parliamentary assembly that tends to cripple responsive decision-making. The UP model also serves to effectively uncover and address power abuse, simplify the financial household of global governance, and support systemic forms of collaboration with NGOs and other organizations.

Keywords: Global governance; Idealized design; Circularity; Collaborative decision-making; Resilience; Informed consent; Grand challenge; United Nations (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: O50 P40 P45 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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