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Global Solution Networks Summit in Brussels

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Brussels, September 18, 2013: Global Solution Networks (GSN) Summit, “New Models of Global Problem Solving, Cooperation & Governance” brings together academics, global experts and government representatives from around the world to share ideas and present their  research.

GSN aims to respond to the increasing difficulty of solving global problems such as poverty, climate change, access to water and human rights. GSN has set out to find solutions that go beyond the traditional boundaries of the nation-state—solutions that include citizen voices and new initiatives in social innovation that extend beyond communities and nations to the global stage.

Supported by The Martin Prosperity Institute, the goal of the web-based network is for stakeholders to create a series of publications, tools, video and ultimately a book authored by contributing members, to explore, explain and illustrate emerging models for policy choices and ultimate impact on the problems we collectively face.

The program was officially launched on January 29, 2013 at the Martin Prosperity Institute and on June 4, 2013 at the Summit on New Models of Global Problem Solving, Cooperation and Governance hosted by the U.S. State Department.

The Brussels Summit ran from 9h30 until 17h15 on the 18th of September at the Lisbon Council.

It was hosted By Don Tapscott, GSN Executive Director; Fellow, Martin Prosperity Institute and Paul Hofheinz, President & Co-Founder of The Lisbon Council.

Declan Kirrane of ISC and Lizbeth Goodman of University College Dublin gave a presentation titled, “The Roadmap for Responsible Open Innovation: Six Lanes on a Superhighway to a More Inclusive Society and Economy”.

Kirrane highlighted the need for a global policy solution to support and sustain global infrastructures, incuding a governance model, without which economic challenges will not be met.

Other speakers and panel members included:

  • Joan Bigham, Managing Director, GSN;
  • Marco Pancini, Public Policy Counsel, Google;
  • Bertrand de la Chapelle, Internet & Jurisdiction Project Director, International Diplomatic Academy;
  •  Andrej Verity, Program Officer, UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs; and
  • Nicolas Guichoux, Global Commercial Director, Marine Stewardship Council

Other presentation topics included:

  • What is a Global Solution Network? (An overview of 10 types of Global Solution Networks);
  • Gridlock: The Growing Breakdown of Global Cooperation;
  • Platforms for Global Problem Solving: How Technology is Revolutionizing Social Change; and
  • Two panel discussions: Internet Governance Panel, and Global Solution      Networks for Global Problem Solving Panel.

For more information, or to subscribe to updates on the program, please contact:

Joan Bigham, Managing Director at joan@tapscott.com +1 860.536.6693

For further information on Global Solutions Networks:http://gsnetworks.org/