Crises raise important questions about the viability of an existing order. The COVID-19 crisis, too, has revealed many truths about the contemporary global order, which was already far from stable. It is becoming apparent that if we retain the same governance models that got us here today, the incidence and severity of future crises will outstrip our capacity to respond to them effectively. It is in this context that we need more critical reflection, across disciplinary boundaries and beyond existing paradigms, on the limits of existing governance systems to solve wicked problems and innovative ways to address future global challenges. How are existing governance systems responding to crisis, or are they themselves in crisis?
- Investigate the inherent connections among issue domains and the resulting governance challenges (e.g. the relationship between the COVID-19 pandemic and trade, environment, migration, technology);
- Reveal the limits and/or untapped potential of existing governance systems, globally, regionally, nationally, locally, to solve wicked problems;
- Promote creative thinking about how to predict/overcome crises and better address future global challenges.