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The Governance Futures Lab brings social inventors and futures thinking to the challenge of designing better systems of governance. Today’s governments are, for the most part, incapable of dealing effectively and justly with the complex global challenges of the 21st Century. Governance failures will not only cause suffering for today’s citizens, but will ripple through time, constraining the future for generations to come. Revolutions have recently ruptured decades-old systems of government in the Arab world, and widespread dissatisfaction is growing in the United States and Europe.
If government as we’ve known it isn’t working, what fair, modern, and viable models will we have to rely upon to re-constitute society? The answer to this question may not be discovered—it may have to be invented.
The mission of the Governance Futures Lab is to reimagine and experiment with the basic architectures and processes of governance. We believe it is necessary to experiment with new systems and new rules to govern life on our planet. We have powerful tools to connect, organize and coordinate human behavior. We also have unprecedented amounts of knowledge about how the world works and humanity’s role in its own future.
We are now seeing the beginning of a broad global desire to rethink the relationship between people and their governments. Through a range of public activities and initiatives, the Governance Futures Lab aims to facilitate the definition and invention of new governance systems appropriate for an age of planetary challenges and human responsibility.