Global Democracy & Governance

How might the people of our world work with one another to govern ourselves more effectively on a global level? Are there alternatives to the current global decisions, policies, and practices that drive war, extreme poverty, and the unchecked power and influence of wealthy corporations? One of our most cherished values is the idea that everyone is equal under the law; when people around the world share that view and agree on what the law is, we are all better off.

We envision and advocate for enhanced global governance, including stages toward an eventual united federation of nations. Certain institutional innovations inside and outside the United Nations could in the meantime help avert armed conflict, finance environmental restoration, and empower civil society’s voice in global decision-making.

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September 19, 2014 - 3:00pm EDT
I recently had the privilege of attending a panel hosted by the Woodrow Wilson Center. The panel was convened to discuss a new report from the Chicago Council concerning the notion that Americans have changed their viewpoints on foreign policy and believe that, as a nation, we should stay out of international affairs. While the panel itself made for a healthy discussion, the report was equally interesting, and I implore [...] Read More
Donna and her grandson Jake
September 11, 2014 - 10:00am EDT
Letters to Jake Series, Letter #5 Dear Jake, Our recent visit to the Natural History Museum was so much fun. Papa and I were very glad that you insisted on seeing the movie in the “Origin of Man” exhibit. “We Are All One Species” was a fascinating movie for children and adults alike. It was interesting to learn that the other human species died out 17,000 years ago, at about the same time that our species, Homo sapiens, [...] Read More
Democracy across borders
September 08, 2014 - 11:00am EDT
Over the past decade the world has faced various global problems, many of which have not been adequately dealt with by governments and international institutions. These have ranged from the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression, terrorism, wars, extreme poverty, unresolved environmental negotiations or gross human rights violations to unfair trade and investment practices. These unresolved problems have [...] Read More