Save the Date: digital Global Solutions Summit, 27-28 May 2021

What to expect

Join us at the Global Solutions Summit 2021, where we tap into the ideas of our global community. Academics, representatives from politics, business and civil society will discuss the great realignment and reimagine a new normal.

Join us on our digital event platform in May, meet our worldwide network, discuss with important decision makers… and be part of the Global Solution! 


Selected Confirmed Speakers

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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29 April 2021

Covid-19 reveals surprising insights into G7 societies – not always for the worst

While economies collapsed due to the shutdown of broad swathes of the economy, the state and civil society have gained new significance in protecting people from the pandemic’s effects, finds the study by the Brookings Institution. “How Covid-19 changed the world” is based on the ongoing project “Recoupling Dashboard” which Prof. Dennis J. Snower, developed together with IfW researcher Dr. Katharina Lima de Miranda.

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30 March 2021

52 Ways to Respond the Pandemic INTERSECTING in One Book

With articles and impressive original photographs from around the globe, the project INTERSECTING illustrates why sustainable new infrastructure is key to building resilient societies and preventing future pandemics. The e-book is a project of The Global Solutions Initiative (GSI) in cooperation with GIZ and New Dialogues as publisher. 

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23 March 2021

Revisiting Digital Governance - Session 3

How should states and companies deal with the data that consumers generate or disclose online? Renowned experts discussed this in a series of digital events hosted by the Global Solutions Initiative. The third session focused on the prerequisites and limits of international approaches to joint action.

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