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Recent articles and research reports

Could Google Maps Help End Poverty?

Last year in the Indian city of Chennai, more than half a million people suddenly appeared from out of nowhere. These men, women and children weren’t rural migrants who had just moved to the city. Neither were they incomers from somewhere else in the world. They were...

Online networks creating a revolution in global solutions

Nation-states are failing to solve our most pressing global challenges. Will an emerging group of digital-friendly multi-sector networks succeed in their place? If we reduce carbon emissions by a whopping 80 per cent by the year 2050 it will take a century for planet...

Increased Cyber Security Can Save Global Economy Trillions

Failing to improve cyber security could cost the world economy and lead to more frequent cyberattacks, according to a new report released today by the World Economic Forum in collaboration with McKinsey & Company. New World Economic Forum report examines the need...

Top 10 risks for the decade ahead

What are the top 10 risks that the world will face in the decade to come, and what can be done about them? The Global Risks 2014 report calls attention to risks that could ripple through entire systems. It aims to improve collaboration among business, governments and...

New GSN Case Study:
Global Forest Watch

A Global Solution Network to Protect the World’s Forests Global Forest Watch (GFW) is a watchdog network that improves transparency and accountability in forest management decisions by increasing the public’s access to information on forestry activities around...

Gifted Colleagues: A Network of Technology Networks

The TABridge community includes more than 60 different organizations from dozens of countries, but we are still a small network whose greatest strength is the knowledge we share; it doesn’t reside at a central hub. In countless ways, we are not alone. Before we closed...

New GSN Case Study: Global Water Partnership

Water is not only crucial to life—without plentiful supplies of water the world’s systems of modern agriculture and industrial production would collapse. Growing water scarcity demands new solutions, especially as the complexities of water management increase with...

Don Tapscott Wins 2013 Thinkers50 Global Solutions Award

LONDON – The Canadian thinker Don Tapscott has won the Thinkers50 Global Solutions Award for 2013. The result was announced at a glittering awards ceremony at Drapers’ Hall, London. “The Global Solutions Award aims to recognize the thinker whose ideas have had the...

Global Entrepreneurship Summit

Don Tapscott is in Kuala Lumpur today for the Global Entrepreneurship Summit. The event was started by US President Barack Obama in 2009 as a global platform “to empower entrepreneurs with the skills and resources necessary to compete and thrive in the 21st century.”...

Governance Networks

One of the most extraordinary outcomes of the digital revolution is that multi-stakeholder networks, rather than state-based institutions now govern important global resources. These Governance Networks (One of the 10 types of Global Solution Networks) are beginning...

Global Problem Solving in an Era of Big Data

Technologists and science fiction writers have long envisioned a world where a seamless global network of Internet-connected sensors could capture every event, action, and change on earth. Today, that vision of an “Internet of Things” is edging closer and closer to...

Global Problem Solving in an Era of Big Data

Technologists and science fiction writers have long envisioned a world where a seamless global network of Internet-connected sensors could capture every event, action, and change on earth. Today, that vision of an “Internet of Things” is edging closer and closer to...

Don Tapscott Interview: Global Problems

We have a lot of problems in the world, and if you look at them, most of them are not getting better. So are they too hard to solve? Don Tapscott is interviewed by TRUE on Global Problems in this...

Mobile computing unleashes entrepreneurial energies in emerging nations

In parallel with the rise of the social Web, advances in mobile technology have begun to fundamentally transform computing as we know it. In fact, mobile computers – including smartphones, GPS wristwatches and tablets – are quickly replacing desktop computing and...

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