Who we are

The Global Solutions Initiative is a global collaborative enterprise comprised of a network of world-renowned think tanks.  It proposes policy responses to major global problems, addressed by the G20, the G7 and other global governance fora.

Our Vision

  • To provide research-based policy advice to help governments tackle major global challenges of the G20 and beyond
  • To generate proposals for aligning business, civil societies and governments for global problem-solving to address human needs in thriving societies
  • To start a world-wide movement that aims to recouple economic, political and environmental prosperity with social prosperity

Our Mission

  • To provide an intellectual backbone for the T20 process and thereby for the G20, pursued in the spirit of global citizenship for the recoupling of economic, social, political and environmental prosperity.
The Global Solutions Initiative was founded during the 2017 German G20 Presidency by the Initiative’s President Dennis J. Snower. The Global Solutions Initiative is a stepping stone to the T20 and G20 Summits and supports the Think20 process for think tanks. 
Welcome Reception der Global Solutions Konferenz am 27.05.18 in Berlin im Rotes Rathaus. / Foto: Tobias Koch (

Policy Advice


Revisiting Digital Governance

This paper summarizes an array of problems associated with the current digital governance, which ultimately threaten the continued functioning of our economic market systems, undermine our democratic processes, and degrade the cohesion of our societies. The central claim of the paper is that the benefits of the current system can be retained, while the problems can be overcame substantially through three insights.

D. Snower (Global Solutions Initiative), P. Twomey (Center for International Governance Innovation), M. Farrell

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The Socioeconomics of Pandemics Policy

To encourage people around the world to cooperate globally in tackling global problems, policymakers at local, national and global levels will need to encourage people around the world to cooperate globally in tackling global problems, with the aid of two powerful tools that humans throughout history have used to coordinate their efforts: identity-shaping narratives and institutions of multi-level governance. Read more.

D. Snower (Global Solutions Initiative)


Measuring what you treasure: The Recoupling Dashboard

To stop fragmentation among societies and to ensure economic activities are carried out sustainably, the use of GDP as an indicator of prosperity is no longer enough. 

D. Snower (Global Solutions Initiative), K. Lima de Miranda (IfW Kiel)

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21 October 2021

G20 Appeal - Revitalizing Multilateralism

The Global Solutions Initiative presents an appeal with six recommendations for international cooperation, wealth measurement, climate change, health protection, digital rights and equal opportunities. The paper is based on the research and analysis of internationally renowned institutions and individuals. 

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12 October 2021

GSI and DIE take over Chair of the G7 Think Tank Group

Chancellor Angela Merkel has now officially mandated German Development Institute/Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) and Global Solutions Initiative to co-chair the group of thinktanks (T7) in the framework of the German G7 presidency 2022.

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01 October 2021

Experts agree on multilateralism with UN in important role

At a forum in Beijing on Sept 23, experts agreed that global communication and cooperation have faced resistance but the demands for a better international order, coping with climate change and global economic problems, securing cybersecurity and the equitable distribution of COVID-19 vaccines requires deeper international cooperation.

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