12 September 2022

Innovative solutions for sustainable cities and low carbon investments

The latest volume of the INTERSECTING global editorial project by the Global Solutions Initiative Foundation, ‘Bending the Linear Economy: On Urban Metabolism’, explores new solutions for sustainable urbanization and low carbon investments in times of crises. It was released on the occasion of the G7 Germany Urban Development Ministers Meeting in Potsdam as well as the Future Forum, organized by the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ). 

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Anna-Katharina Hornidge (li) und Dennis Snower(re) bei der Übergabe des Communique an Bundeskanzler Olaf Scholzbeim Empfang der  Mitglieder der Think7-Delegation
8 June 2022

Think7 Summit Summary

On, the Global Solutions Initiative reports on the Think7 Summit, which took place on 23-24 May in Berlin. More than 300 participants attended this event. If you missed it, you now have the opportunity to watch the recordings of many Think7 sessions. Moreover, you will find about 70 policy recommendations and issue papers on this dedicated Think7 website – and the Think7 Communiqué. A Think7 delegation handed over this main recommendation to German Chancellor Scholz after the Think7 Summit. 

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Global Solutions Summit Berlin 2022 ESMT Berlin
3 May 2022

From G20 to G19?

Isolation of Russia from international bodies, which continues to be hotly debated, aims to minimize communication platforms for Moscow and achieve a clear condemnation of the aggressor under international law via this route – in addition to hopefully effective sanctions regime, military and humanitarian support for Ukraine.

In the face of multiple global crises and the need for systemic transformation to more sustainable and resilient societies and economies, the role of the G20 is greater than ever! – Markus Engels, Secretary General, Global Solutions Initiative

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Policy Advice


Capitalism Recoupled

This paper examines major forces that have decoupled economic and business prosperity from social prosperity and explores how recoupling can be promoted. Economists have specified well-known conditions under which free-market enterprise with shareholder value maximization is efficient. 

D. Snower (Global Solutions Initiative),
C. Kelly (PwC)

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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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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. 

How can the four spheres of Earth – geosphere, biosphere, atmosphere, and hydrosphere - be preserved & sustained? What’s the new Holy Trinity of bioeconomy, according to Atanas Vladikov, University of Plovdiv?

👉More in his article for #INTERSECTING Vol9:

A fragmented global economy cannot tackle global & local problems. Cooperation is needed to respond to new realities and to bring deeper rules.

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@ax_berger @C_Criscuolo @PeterDraper5 @StormyMildner @AmeliaSantosP @davide_tentori @T20Solutions

Digitalization in agriculture can help -- but only if we develop a shared vision for how to deploy these digital tools.

▶️ Hear more from @jawoo, @IFPRI, who spoke at our event at the T20 Summit:

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