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Research Reports

Through a series of major research projects led by global experts, GSN is identifying and explaining key issues, strategies and approaches that can help new platforms and new networks scale and become material on the global scene.

Much of our research has been made more accessible by presentation of key points in digests, mindmaps and infographics. See links in both “research” and “case study” tabs below.

 

Research Reports are presented in the order posted, most recent first:

Philanthropy

The Evolving Role of Philanthropy in Global Problem Solving

Joan Bigham, Faizal Karmali and Jill Rundle

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Role of Government in GSNs

Rob Fonberg

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Ensuring Sustainable Production Resources and Reducing E-Waste

Brian Martin, Andrea M. Schmidt, Mary Milner and Anthony Williams: Networked Solutions for the Electronics Industry

Pandemics

Global Diseases, Collective Solutions

Ben Ramalingam: Networking in the New Epidemic Age

digest of key points
bitcoin

A Bitcoin Governance Network

Alex Tapscott: The Multi-stakeholder Solution to the Challenges of Cryptocurrency

digest of key points
smart-and-accurate-business

Role of Business in Global Problem Solving

Anthony Williams and James Daly

crowdfunding

Crowdfunding

Richard Swart, PhD: A Roadmap for Global Solution Networks

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Building Resilience

Kristy J. Buckley, Michael T. Lesnick, PhD and Rianne BeCraft

city-transportation

Cities on the Move

Greg Lindsay

youth-employment

Sowing the Seeds of Prosperity

Dan Herman and Anthony Williams

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International

Rethinking the United Nations for the Networked World

Bruce Jenks and Don Tapscott

Climate Crisis

Addressing the Climate Crisis

Edward M. Marshall, PhD (with Overview by Don Tapscott)

digest of key points
FoodSecurity

Food Security and Climate-Resilient Agriculture

Alastair Marke

digest of key points
theconcept

A “Global Parliament of Mayors” Governance Network: Part I

Benjamin Barber, Richard Florida, Don Tapscott: The Concept

Global Parliament of Mayors Part 2

A “Global Parliament of Mayors” Governance Network: Part II

Benjamin Barber, Richard Florida, Don Tapscott: Putting Concept into Practice

Stop violence against women

Mobilizing Against Gender Injustice

Diane Francis: Global solution networks combating violence against women and girls

digest of key points
Pervasive Computing, The Internet of Everything

The Internet of Everything

Anthony D. Williams: The rise of pervasive computing in today’s increasingly connected and data-rich world, is revolutionizing…

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Building Resilience

Orchestrating Global Solution Networks

Kenneth Abbott and Dr. Thomas Hale: A Guide for Organizational Entrepreneurs

mindmap of key points
Watchdog Networks

Watchdog Networks

Kathryn Semogas: Revealing Problems and Issuing Calls to Action

ElectronicPayments

Moving To Electronic Payments

Walid Hejazi: Implications for Small and Medium-Sized Businesses

Global Standards Networks

Global Standards Networks

Rawn Shah: The Frameworks for Common Operations, Transparency and Interoperability

Operational And Delivery Networks

Operational and Delivery Networks

Mahsa Hedayati: How They Work And How To Build One To Solve Global Problems

InternetEcosystem

The Remarkable Internet Governance Network: Part I

Lynn St. Amour and Don Tapscott: Understanding a Global Multi-Stakeholder Ecosystem

NewEra

The Remarkable Internet Governance Network: Part II

Lynn St. Amour and Don Tapscott:Moving to the Next Era

Knowledge Networks

Knowledge Networks

Adam Killick: An analysis of three knowledge networks.

policy

Policy Networks

Anthony D. Williams: Global Solution Networks are reshaping global decision-making using multi-stakeholder policy…

advocacy

Advocacy Networks

Anthony D. Williams: As the Internet lowers the cost of collaboration, the world is witnessing a dramatic rise in…

crowdsourcing

Seven Power Tools for Global Solution Networks

Miriam Leia Bekkouche: GSNs are pioneering new approaches to tech design and delivery that provide access to ideas…

mindmap of key points
bitcoin

Financial Inclusion

Don Tapscott, Amit Kapoor, Jill Rundle: Barter to Bitcoins, Bricks and Mortar to Mobile– Developing 21st Century Financial Services…

digest of key points
platforms for global problem solving

Platforms for Global Problem Solving

Anthony D. Williams: How online platforms are revolutionizing social change.

literature review

Global Solution Networks: A Literature Review

Don Tapscott & Thomas Gegenhuber: Prior to the Global Solution Networks Program there has been no systematic study of global…

mobile computing

Mobile Computing and Global Problem Solving

Anthony D. Williams: Mobile computers—including smartphones, GPS wristwatches and tablets—are not only transforming…

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Global Problem Solving

Globalization and Global Problem Solving

Pankaj Ghemawat: Is the scope of global problem solving too broad and too unmanageable, given the constraints.

network-circles

Crowdsourcing Solutions to Global Problems

Anthony D. Williams: Nearly every global issue today—from air and water quality to the governance of global financial…

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Poverty

New Tools for Tackling Poverty

Sara Boettiger: Very rarely, in the fight against poverty, do we come across a game-changer, but we have one now.

digest of key points
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Introducing: Global Solution Networks

GSN Executive Director Don Tapscott: There is a fundamental change underway regarding how global problems can be solved, and perhaps how we govern . . .

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The foundational research for the Global Solution Networks program.

 

Introducing: Global Solution Networks

Understanding the New Multi-Stakeholder Models for Global Cooperation, Problem Solving and Governance

Don Tapscott There is a fundamental change underway regarding how global problems can be solved, and perhaps how we govern …

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Case Studies are presented in the order posted, most recent first:

INHOPE

INHOPE: International Association of Internet Hotlines

GSN Case Study: INHOPE coordinates and promotes international efforts to protect children from online exploitation, as well as supporting member hotlines to do the same . . .

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Fab Lab Network

The Fab Lab Network

GSN Case Study: A global platform for digital invention, education and entrepreneurship. Can small manufacturing labs, with the tools and computing power . . .

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digital humanitarian network

Digital Humanitarian Network

GSN Case Study: Digital Humanitarians converged during the devastating 2010 earthquake in Haiti to help . . .

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luum

LUUM

GSN Case Study: Luum, an online platform, seeks to scale-up adoption of alternative transportation by providing…

ClimateChange

C40 Cities

GSN Case Study: The C40 Cities Climate Change Group was created for cities by cities.

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GlobalFootprintNetworks

Global Footprint Network

GSN Case Study: Global Footprint Network is addressing ‘overshoot’ – using resources faster than we are replacing them…

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OPENPediatrics

OPENPediatrics

GSN Case Study: OPENPediatrics is a web-based platform for teaching and exchanging ideas in pediatric care in 80 countries…

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internet governance

Internet Governance Forum

GSN Case Study: The mandate of the IGF is to provide an open, inclusive environment for policy discussions and debate…

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J-Pal

GSN Case Study: The Abdul Lateef Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) is a global knowledge network consisting of researchers…

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clean-water

Akvo.org

Global Solution Networks: Access to clean water and sanitation—taken for granted in affluent countries—is a daily problem…

cloud-factory

Cloud Factory

GSN Case Study: CloudFactory’s primary objective and mission is to connect one million people in the developing…

Global Water Partnership

Global Water Partnership

GSN Case Study: Managing water in the 21st century requires multi-stakeholder governance. The Global Water Partnership…

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Digital Study Hall

Digital Study Hall

GSN Case Study: Digital Study Hall is an operational and delivery network that delivers education to low-income…

Global Forest Watch

Global Forest Watch

GSN Case Study: A global solution network to protect the world’s forests…

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A

A Bitcoin Governance Network

Alex Tapscott

Addressing the Climate Crisis

Edward M. Marshall, PhD (with Overview by Don Tapscott)

Advocacy Networks

Anthony D. Williams

Akvo.org

GSN Case Study

A “Global Parliament of Mayors” Governance Network: Part I

Benjamin Barber, Richard Florida, Don Tapscott

A “Global Parliament of Mayors” Governance Network: Part II

Benjamin Barber, Richard Florida, Don Tapscott

C

C40 Cities

GSN Case Study

Cities on the Move

Greg Lindsay

Cloud Factory

GSN Case Study

Crowdfunding

Richard Swart, PhD with Mary Eileen Milner

Crowdsourcing Solutions to Global Problems

Anthony D. Williams

D

Digital Humanitarian Network

GSN Case Study

Digital Study Hall

GSN Case Study

E

Electronic Payments

Walid Hejazi

Ensuring Sustainable Production Resources and Reducing E-Waste

Brian Martin, Andrea M. Schmidt, Mary Milner and Anthony Williams

F

Financial Inclusion

Don Tapscott, Amit Kapoor, and Jill Rundle

Food Security and Climate-Resilient Agriculture

Alastair Marke

G

Global Diseases, Collective Solutions

Ben Ramalingam

Global Footprint Network

GSN Case Study

Global Forest Watch

GSN Case Study

Global Standards Networks

Rawn Shah

Global Solution Networks: A Literature Review

Don Tapscott and Thomas Gegenhuber

Globalization and Global Problem Solving

Pankaj Ghemawat

Global Water Partnership

GSN Case Study

I

INHOPE: International Association of Internet Hotlines

GSN Case Study

Introducing Global Solution Networks

Don Tapscott

J

J-PAL

GSN Case Study

K

Knowledge Networks

Adam Killick

L

LUUM

GSN Case Study

M

Mobile Computing and Global Problem Solving

Anthony D. Williams

Mobilizing Against Gender Injustice

Diane Francis

N

New Tools for Tackling Poverty

Sara Boettiger

O

Open Pediatrics

GSN Case Study

Operational And Delivery Networks

Mahsa Hedayati

Orchestrating Global Solution Networks

Kenneth W. Abbott and Dr. Thomas Hale

P

Platforms for Global Problem Solving

Anthony D. Williams

Policy Networks

Anthony D. Williams

R

Rethinking the United Nations for the Networked World

Bruce Jenks and Don Tapscott

Role of Business in Global Problem Solving

Anthony D Williams and James Daly with Mary Milner

Role of Government in GSNs

Rob Fonberg

S

Seven Power Tools for Global Solution Networks

Miriam Leia Bekkouche

Sowing the Seeds of Prosperity

Dan Herman and Anthony Williams

T

The Evolving Role of Philanthropy in Global Problem Solving

Joan Bigham, Faizal Karmali and Jill Rundle

The Fab Lab Network

GSN Case Study

The Internet of Everything

Anthony D. Williams

The Remarkable Internet Governance Network – Part I

Lynn St. Amour and Don Tapscott

The Remarkable Internet Governance Network – Part II

Lynn St. Amour and Don Tapscott

W

Watchdog Networks

Kathryn Semogas

Benjamin Barber

Benjamin Barber

James Daly

James Daly

Role of Business in Global Problem Solving (with Anthony D Williams and Mary Milner)

Richard Florida

Richard Florida

Walid Hejazi

Walid Hejazi

Electronic Payments

Amit Kapoor

Amit Kapoor

Financial Inclusion (with Don Tapscott and Jill Rundle)

Adam Killick

Adam Killick

Knowledge Networks

greg-lindsay

Greg Lindsay

Cities on the Move

Dr Edward Marshall

Edward M. Marshall, PhD

Addressing the Climate Crisis

Seagate Technology

Brian Martin

Ensuring Sustainable Production Resources and Reducing E-Waste (with Andrea M. Schmidt, Mary Milner and Anthony Williams)

Mary Milner

Mary Milner

Jill Rundle

Jill Rundle

Financial Inclusion (with Don Tapscott and Amit Kapoor)

Seagate Technology

Andrea M. Schmidt

Ensuring Sustainable Production Resources and Reducing E-Waste (with Brian Martin, Mary Milner and Anthony Williams)

Kathryn Semogas

Kathryn Semogas

Watchdog Networks

richard-swart-phd

Richard Swart, PhD

Crowdfunding

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