We are coming together to brainstorm new ways of being as a global community.

International organisations, multi-national corporations, politicians, technocrats and experts are already involved in the conversation.

Are You? Do You Dare to Believe that You Can Be Part of the Solution?

We Dare!

We believe the time has come to engage every individual in a global ecosystem for change.

Are you frustrated with the way the world is currently governed? Do you believe that you can make a difference? Do you have the courage to take action?

If you have answered yes to all three questions then you are ready to be a part of the conversation regardless of your level of education, experience or expertise.

That said, the 21st century global societal challenges are complex, multi-layered and resistant to change.  These kinds of challenges with multiple diverse stakeholders and interests cannot be changed overnight or by one group acting in silos or by having a surface engagement with the issues.

Actionable insights must derive from accurate data.

As a potential Global Creative Leader, and in order to become a meaningful part of the conversation for change, the responsibility is on each of us

to learn, grow and step out of our comfort zones.

GCR 2017 is a New Model for Educating for Social Change.

Get ready to immerse yourself in conversations, workshops and educational experiences

not built on the traditional lecture-based, top-down, passive-student model.

The responsibility is yours on how deeply you go into the materials, research and thinking on global challenges beforehand

and how much you are prepared to contribute to becoming the change.

In preparation for the Retreat here are some useful resources which will be updated in the upcoming months.  If you Apply to attend and subscribe to follow us on our homepage you will receive notifications via email when the resources list has been updated.

Global Conversations Toolkit


The Global Challenges Conversation Toolkit is a resource created by the Global Challenges Foundation for those planning events and discussions around the Global Challenges Prize 2017: A New Shape. It is intended as a source of inspiration and direction for global conversations on the most urgent common challenges and threats to humanity, and on the new frameworks needed to manage them.  As institutions in different regions will have their have their own priorities in terms of the most pertinent issues, and their own approaches to creating a fruitful discussion, the toolkit and its list of questions is the recommended foundation for our discussions at GCR 2017.

Global Governance Models in History

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Throughout history, several writers have designed and proposed models of global governance. This short paper presents only a small sample of these ideas. Magnus Jiborn, researcher at Lund School of Economics, has produced the paper “Global governance models in history

Human Development Report 2016


The 2016 Human Development Report is the latest in the series of global Human Development Reports published by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) since 1990 as independent, analytically and empirically grounded discussions of major development issues, trends and policies.

Global Risks Report 2017


The Global Risks Report 2017 features perspectives from nearly 750 experts on the perceived impact and likelihood of 30 prevalent global risks as well as 13 underlying trends that could amplify them or alter the interconnections between them over a 10-year timeframe.

Global Catastrophic Risks 2017


Global Catastrophic Risks 2017 is an annual analysis of the greatest threats to humanity produced by the Global Challenges Foundation. It is based on the latest scientific research and features contributions from leading experts at think tanks, university departments and other institutions worldwide.

World Development Report 2017 : Governance and the Law

Students at Aberdeen Primary School on June 22, 2015 in Freetown Sierra Leone. Photo © Dominic Chavez/World Bank

Why are carefully designed, sensible policies too often not adopted or implemented? When they are, why do they often fail to generate development outcomes such as security, growth, and equity? And why do some bad policies endure? This World Development Report 2017: Governance and the Law addresses these fundamental questions, which are at the heart of development.

Edelman Trust Barometer 2017


The 2017 Edelman TRUST BAROMETER reveals the largest-ever drop in trust across the institutions of government, business, media and NGOs. Trust in media (43 percent) fell precipitously and is at all-time lows in 17 countries, while trust levels in government (41 percent) dropped in 14 markets and is the least trusted institution in half of the 28 countries surveyed. The credibility of leaders also is in peril: CEO credibility dropped 12 points globally to an all-time low of 37 percent, plummeting in every country studied, while government leaders (29 percent) remain least credible.

The Trust Barometer found that 53 percent of respondents believe the current overall system has failed them—it is unfair and offers little hope for the future—while only 15 percent believe it is working, and approximately one-third are uncertain. Even the elites have a lack of faith in the system, with 48 percent of the top quartile in income, 49 percent of the college-educated and a majority of the well-informed (51 percent) saying the system has failed.