January 15, 2011
Climate change is upon us, fisheries are collapsing, wars continually arise, diseases a rapidly spreading, global financial system crises are growing, and the number of people in poverty is increasing. These issues are overwhelming the capacity of our current array of governments (nation states, the UN, Gs 8-24), the best-intentioned non-governmental organizations, and the most efficient market sector powers to address them.
In this vacuum there is a promising invention: Global Action Networks (GANs). For the past 20 years entrepreneurs have been developing this new approach whose role in the world is rapidly increasing in importance. GANs mobilize multi-stakeholder resources, bridge divides among people, and promote the long-term deep change and innovation work that is needed to address global challenges.
But this innovation is in early stages of development. It is poorly understood, and often forced into the box of being an NGO, ad inter-governmental organization, or even a business. GANs’ development can be immensely speeded up by bringing together the experiences and knowledge they have developed as global entrepreneurs. This book does that.
Steve Waddell is Principal of Networking Action, an organization working on responding to the 21st century’s enormous global challenges and understanding that its unsurpassed opportunities require new ways of acting and organizing. For the past 30 years Waddell has been supporting this organizational, network, and societal change and development, through consultation, education, research, and personal leadership. For the last 10 years he’s focused almost exclusively on Global Action Networks, including the Global Reporting Initiative, Transparency International, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, the International Land Coalition, the Forest Stewardship Council and a few dozen other innovative, leading, multi-stakeholder global change networks.