At the New Shape Forum in May 2018, the Global Challenges Foundation (GCF) opened applications for working groups who were interested in refining the best ideas from the New Shape Prize competition. After having undergone an international and sustained assessment process, there was strong agreement that many of the proposals received from the New Shape Prize held significant potential and could be further developed along the key aspects of being operational, legitimate and viable.

With these criteria in mind, GCF selected 5 groups to continue the work that began at the New Shape Forum.


Global Governance and the Emergence of Global Institutions for the 21st Century
Coordinator: Augusto Lopez-Claros

A World Security Community of Democratic Nations
Coordinator: Chris Hamer

Upholding the San Francisco Promise: The Roadmap to a Constitutionalised UN
Coordinator: Shahr-yar Sharei

Getting from Here to There
Coordinator: Natalie Samarasinghe

Planetary Condominium: The Legal Framework for the Common Home of Humanity
Coordinator: Paulo Magalhaes


The groups will build on the proposals with the goal of bringing the new systems and methods proposed one step closer to fruition. The refined proposals will be presented at the inaugural Paris Peace Forum, an initiative by French President Emmanuel Macron, in November 2018.

The Global Challenges Foundation is committed to supporting and catalysing the development of better frameworks of global governance, and the ongoing New Shape Process is one aspect of this. Read more about GCF’s other projects under Our Work.