Do we need an Earth Constitution?
Jon is the Managing Editor of the Great Transition Initiative. He is responsible for coordinating the on-going editorial, production, moderation, and dissemination process.
The world is a failed state. The people of Earth share risks and a common destiny without a governance system able to mute dangers and pursue ambitions. As global crises mount, the need for a supranational basis for policy and action becomes ever clearer. The question of world government and how to get there—the focus of the Great Transition Initiative’s new GTI Forum, “”—deserves a frank, thoughtful, and deep exploration.
The second advocates alternative approaches. Some authors stake out a path for democratic world government through reform of the United Nations or the greater integration of democracies; others stress the need to focus on governance, bioregions, or the practical foundation of interstate cooperation.
The third spotlights inclusive processes on the path to a democratic . The means matter just as much as the ends, these authors argue. Indeed, success for any new institution or governing structure depends on securing the widespread buy-in of people who see a place for themselves in it and are ready to fight for it.