A Ministry of Ideas & Much More

Apr 18, 2019 in Innovation
Posted By : Upendra Namburi


The New Shape Forum (NSF), convened by the Global Challenges Foundation had launched a global challenge, inviting ideas to enhance the levels of governance and better managing global risks. A summary of the three winning entries below:

The first one by Soushiant Zanganehpour is sheer brilliance in its audacity and depth.


1. Global Governance using AI & Blockchain

Soushiant Zanganehpour proposes introducing technologies and institutions to decentralize global governance and enable participatory and deliberative models. It also addresses the opportunity to fuel citizen collaboration around policies and budget utilizations.


The key proposal dimensions:

A blockchain based global identity system with an AI-based collaboration platform

AI tools help augment ideas, enable trade-off analysis, sentiment tracking, and safe environments for garnering ideas from the bottom-up

Real-time implementation & impact trackers providing greater accountability for implemented ideas, allowing for quicker course correction.

The technology supports the creation of new local and global institutions including a ministry of ideas and a global library of past policies, citizen parliaments at local, national and global levels and liquid democracy features, and a global parliament of mayors, which act as mixed international and internet-based constituencies and

Justice would also be decentralized and provided through an open-source, legally binding system with algorithms eliminating corruption/collusion by allocating the right experts for the right problems globally.


2. A Revised UN Charter

Augusto Lopez-Claros, Arthur Lyon Dahl & Maja P.C.E.Grof propose a revised United Nations Charter, instituting a reformed UN General Assembly directly elected by popular vote and a second civil society-focused chamber.

The representatives of the latter would serve as advocates of particular issues of global concern, and the UNGA would see its powers and jurisdiction gradually expanded over time.

An Executive Council of 24 members, selected by the UNGA, would take the place of the UN Security Council.

The UN would have a standing armed force, with the rule of international law; peaceful settlements through the International Court of Justice (ICJ)

A new Bill of Rights is to prescribe the parameters for UN action, and the global human rights acquis will be upheld systematically by an International Human Rights Tribunal.

A new funding mechanism would link members’ indirect tax revenues to the UN budget in a fixed proportion. 


3. The United Nations to Focus on Conflict Resolution

Natalie Samarasinghe proposes overhauling the United Nations’ state-centric format and focus on development work.

The model proposes bringing businesses, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and young people into UN governance structures.

The UN would transfer its development-related tasks to these stakeholders, who would bid competitively for contracts. They would be incentivised to do more but also subjected to greater scrutiny as part of this process.

The UN could redirect its limited resources to crucial tasks such as conflict resolution, which cannot be easily performed by others.



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