AI-supported global governance through bottom-up deliberation

: Soushiant Zanganehpour

The submission proposes introducing new technologies and institutions in order to decentralize global governance to participatory and deliberative models. Recognizing the limitations of nations states in creating solutions to adequately govern global commons, which are often perceived as counter-productive to national interests, this proposal suggests combining a blockchain based global identity system with an AI-based collaboration platform to fuel citizen collaboration and ideation around policies and budget suggestions, as the entry point for decentralized citizen participation in governance. AI tools help augment ideas, provide trade-off analysis capabilities to test the merits of competing ideas, provide macro sentiment tracking, and safe environments for simulating popular ideas gaining traction from the bottom-up prior to any implementation. Real-time implementation and impact trackers also provide greater accountability loops for ideas created and implemented, allowing for quicker course correction. The technology supports the creation of new local and global institutions to help create relevant and pragmatic solutions for stewarding local, national, and global commons. Institutions include a ministry of ideas and global library of past policies from every applicable jurisdiction, citizen parliaments at local, national and global levels allowing for bottom-up policy creation and liquid democracy features, and a global parliament of mayors, which act as mixed international and internet-based constituencies and new legal jurisdictions that counter balance the strong agenda-setting role nation states play in determining governance preferences and approaches. Justice would also be decentralized and provided through an open-source, legally binding system leveraging algorithms that eliminate opportunities for corruption/collusion by allocating the right experts for the right problems globally.

Soushiant Zanganehpour

Soushiant Zanganehpour is a social scientist, entrepreneur and Founder/CEO/Architect of Swae, an AI-powered platform for smarter organizational decisions and 21st century governance. Swae helps cities and companies benefit from the collective intelligence of their employees, customers and citizens helping source innovative ideas, program and product feedback, policy and budgeting suggestions, at a fraction of the cost. Stakeholders and AI build compelling proposals together from the bottom-up that are crowd-vetted and the best move to a decision-round for implementation, creating a bi-directional pathway for governance.

Soushiant has worked in Canada, France, and the UK and UAE. From 2012-2015, he was Head of Strategy and Operations for the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship, at The University of Oxford, and later founded Tribeca Impact Partners, an innovation and sustainability advisory firm helping large organizations mitigate disruption and become future-compatible.  

He is a recognized global practitioner in the fields of business innovation, impact investing, social entrepreneurship, and sustainability having spoken at numerous international conferences and published in The Guardian, The Financial Times, Bloomberg Business Week, and Entrepreneur magazines. He is on Harvard Business Review's Advisory Council, and a board advisor of Biocarbon Engineering, a reforestation startup using drones to replant a billion trees per year.

Soushiant earned his BA (PoliSci & IR) from the University of British Columbia, a Diplôme in International Affairs from Sciences-po Paris, an MPP (Public Policy & Economics) from the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), and attended Singularity University’s Global Solutions Program as a Google Scholar. He was awarded a full scholarship by the UK's Foreign Office as one of four Canadian Chevening Scholars for his Masters.