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Future of Institutions

Overview

Institutions allow people to work together at scale to solve big problems. Facing crises of climate, inequality, democracy, and health, humanity has never needed institutions more. And yet, too many of our institutions today are slow, irrelevant, mistrusted or ineffective compared to the problems we face today.

It is time to fundamentally rethink and reimagine institutions as problem-solving tools, built for today’s world. As part of our work to advance new frontiers, The Rockefeller Foundation, along with New America and Artha Global, is coordinating a series of Future of Institutions Dialogues that will be hosted independently by leading organizations around the world.

Dialogues

The journey toward future-ready institutions begins with new ideas about what institutions should do and how they should work. To that end, The Rockefeller Foundation, along with New America and Artha Global, is coordinating a series of Future of Institutions Dialogues that will be hosted independently by leading organizations around the world.

Each Dialogue tackles a different challenge through the lens of institutions, convening creative and impactful organizations, leaders, and thinkers to answer two questions: 

  • What new (or reborn) institutions will humanity need to build over the next ten years to overcome this challenge?  
  • What innovations in how institutions work can serve as models for building–or rebuilding–these institutions, for today and the future?  

The Dialogues will start with two global challenges in need of new institutional approaches, proposing practical solutions to each:   

  • Averting and preparing for climate change; and  
  • Ensuring that digital technologies make our societies better.

The Dialogues will take place in June, July, and August 2022. These are closed events, but summaries and snapshots of the best and most provocative ideas coming out of these events will be posted here. To receive occasional updates on the series, send your contact details to .

 

 

Dialogue Hosts and Themes

  • Co-governance for trust and participation
  • A shared digital commons
  • Climate leadership by cities in low- and middle-income countries
  • Digital public infrastructure
  • Privacy enhancing technologies and data sharing
  • Planetary institutions
  • Institutionalizing citizens’ assemblies
  • Using intergenerational fairness to craft the future
  • Building ecosystems of foresight-driven institutions
  • Implementation for scale amidst complexity
  • International institutions for digital governance and risk management
  • Designing institutions to direct finance for transformative decarbonization
  • New institutions for research and discovery
  • Climate change advocacy and engagement
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