The following tool-kit is a resource for those who are interested in collaborating with people from other disciplines or backgrounds to either enter or help to promote the Global Challenges Prize 2017: A New Shape. The Global Challenges Foundation is mindful of the fact that responding to the issues of global governance raised by the Foundation will require collaboration across nations and different disciplines. The Foundation therefore strongly encourages multidisciplinary approaches where experts from different fields join forces and assemble ‘shapemaker’ coalitions. The toolkit suggests ways to establish your own shapemaker coalition. The way that shapemaker coalitions are developed will vary from case to case - groups of individuals you need to collaborate with may be outside of your institution or already known to you. However we hope that this provides a useful starting point for discussions.
The Global Challenges Foundation is launching the ‘Global Challenges Prize 2017: A New Shape’ in order to spark a global conversation and inspire fresh thinking about how international cooperation could be better organized to deal with the most pressing threats to humanity.
Catastrophic climate change, weapons of mass destruction, extreme poverty: the threats we face as a global community threaten our very survival. But unlike other communities we belong to and depend on – cities, villages, corporations, organizations, religious congregations, nations – the global community lacks a proper framework to make decisions and act effectively on matters of great common importance.
We need to re-shape the way we collaborate, the way we make decisions about challenges that affect everyone, everywhere, and the way we shape our responses to risks that threaten our world. For this to be possible, we must first start talking and thinking freely about what kind of new frameworks must be established for the global community to be able to tackle the great global challenges that humanity is facing today, and will face in the future.
The Global Challenges Foundation will award US$5 million in prizes for the best ideas on how to re-envision and re-shape global governance for the 21st century.
The issues raised by the Global Challenges Prize 2017: A New Shape are multi-faceted and complex.
The range and scale of challenges highlighted – climate change, large-scale environmental degradation, violent conflict and extreme poverty – is wide. And the new shape of global governance must also be able to handle the challenges that are not even yet known (which might include everything from artificial intelligence, nanotechnology, synthetic biology and unknown unknowns).
Tackling the prize competition successfully will likely require many experts working together in formal and informal coalitions. With this in mind, the Foundation therefore strongly encourages multidisciplinary approaches where experts from different fields join forces and assemble ‘shapemaker coalitions’.
The vision is that teams combining both practitioners and academics will be able to cross-pollinate ideas and experiences, resulting in more innovative and groundbreaking submissions to the Global Challenges Prize 2017: A New Shape competition.
This kind of shapemaker coalition could be organized at your own institution, and with your present colleagues. But it may also be the case that you have ideas that you feel have to be complemented by experts in other fields, whom you may not yet be in direct contact with.
Identifying who you need on your team initially can be challenging. The following exercise will help begin the process:
These two steps are an exercise that has been created to help Shapemakers assess their ideas and resources in order to evaluate their further needs of expertise before starting work on the final submission. The final submissions to the New Shape Prize competition should be no more than 9250 words.
After these two initial steps, there are several different ways of proceeding. The following list sets out some of the approaches:
Please keep the Foundation informed when you develop your shapemaker coalition, as it is keen to see progress and track conversations around the Global Challenges Foundation’s New Shape Prize.
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