Insurance premium calculations and share valuations, the logic behind road traffic systems and the fairness of medical decisions – all these processes depend on a single tool: risk analysis. We would never accept a roundabout where we could see in advance that every other vehicle could potentially collide, or catch a flight if one in every ten planes crashes. Yet when it comes to the big threats facing humanity, the risks and consequences that must be dealt with are being ignored. The Global Challenges Foundation considers this situation to be deeply problematic and must be rectified immediately. Read more…
The major threats facing mankind are so enormous that they require global action. The United Nations was established to promote international cooperation, but 70 years later it is in need of reform. Effective forms of global decision-making are known as ‘global governance’ and the Global Challenges Foundation is working to map and develop this field. By collating and structuring both existing and new ideas and models relating to the issue, the Foundation will help to accelerate the establishment of an effective global governance system – if possible through the comprehensive reform of the United Nations – which has the power to combat the global, catastrophic risks facing mankind today. Read more…
The Global Challenges Foundation runs and finances its own projects of both shorter and longer duration. The Foundation is always searching for new initiatives and project leaders who share its views on the world and who present interesting proposals. The Foundation’s projects must all be clearly linked to raising awareness of global risks, or be aimed at investigations and the development of ideas concerning how effective global governance processes could and should work.
BBC Persian, February 18, 2015
دوازده سناریوی پایان جهان
CNN, February 18, 2015
How will the world end?
The Guardian, February 18, 2015
Artificial intelligence and nanotechnology ‘threaten civilisation’
The Independent, February 15, 2015
The 12 terrifying ways researchers think human civilisation is most likely to end
Financial Times February 13, 2015
Twelve ways the world could end
Ideas concerning the Foundation and collaboration with like-minded individuals and organisations are welcomed. A number of voices about the Foundation are brought together here. Read more…