Reimagining a new political framework for global cooperation

Amidst political turmoil around the world, changes in the power balance between East and West, and the rise of nationalism; the issues of war, famine, climate change and poverty persist. The existing global governance structures that dominate were established in the 20th century, at a time when the world was very different. There is no doubt that these institutions still play crucial roles including feeding those in poverty and protecting people in war-torn regions. However, many are not best suited to address new challenges that have arisen from the fourth industrial revolution.

We need a new institution that is capable of developing new solutions to new problems created by technological advancements — and so we are asking: can we develop a framework of global governance which provides legitimacy, accountability, transparency, flexibility, and impact, for the fast changing world that we live in?

Throughout history, new ideas and institutions were born out of new issues. On the hilltops of ancient Greece, we saw the genesis of Western democracy that came in response to the need of tackling urban problems of a growing city, Athens. In 17th Century England, political parties were born to organise through assembly politics. After the Second World War, the United Nations was born out of the need to build peace and prosperity, and to bring together previously warring nations. Today, the fourth industrial revolution brings new challenges and opportunities, which is why The Fourth Group believes that we are at the cusp of the creation of a new type of political institution.

This is by no means an easy task. But if you have the ideas, experience and time to be part of our Global Challenge Team this is an opportunity to be part of a coalition of people and organisations from around the world seeking to tackle some of the biggest challenges that humanity faces. Over the next five months we will be putting together an application to the Global Challenges Foundation who are offering a $5m prize to the organisations with ideas to address these issues. We want people like you to share their ideas and expertise for the Fourth Group bid.

You can do this by:

  • Submitting written responses to the essay questions (deadline 23:59 BST, 22 June 2017)
  • Engaging with our online conversations through the Fourth Group’s online forums on Twitter and Facebook and Instagram using the hashtag #NewShapePrize
  • Joining our Global Challenge Conference in London on 24th June where we will invite members of our community to consider issues in more detail. (If you want to be part of the Global Challenge Conference please send an email to providing a couple of sentences on the expertise you bring and why you want to be involved.)
  • Spreading the word and telling others to get involved too!

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We look forward to building a new politics with you.