The Global Centre for Risk and Innovation (GCRI)
is a registered non profit organization based in Canada
with partners around the globe to bring bold innovative
ideas to life. We are committed to embedding sustainability
across all our operations, teaching and research


The Global Centre for Risk and Innovation (GCRI) is a distributed resource and decentralized network committed to accelerating public participation in research, policymaking, and development programs.

Our goal is to create a unique nexus where civil society meets and engages the academy, industry, and government to make smarter decisions toward more resilient, democratic, and autonomous communities.

Connecting dots across all levels and branches of the local and global governance, we keep the public informed and empowered to shape other actors’ approaches based on principles of transparency, accountability and good governance.

As a network of independent players, we focus on locally-led, innovative, and adaptive learning, which commits us to build cross-country solidarity, comparative research, and advocacy around open collaboration and sustainable innovation.

Working with local leaders and through the global network of organizations, collectives, and communities, we identify emerging trends and promote proven practices. We also work directly with grassroots and civic tech activists to design digital tools that make radical change possible.

Our approach is collective yet decentralized, driven by the principle of self-governance and rigorous use of evidence, disruptive technology, and people’s power. Our capacity to build impact-oriented relationships with strategic social movements is helping put radical ideas into motion.


We produce high-quality, actionable insights, conducting problem-focused political economy analysis, undertaking cross-country comparative research, and collaboration


We build technology that empower people. We believe it is always possible to add or bring more innovation in every idea, business or organization and help them to stand out at global stage


We provide advisory services, targeted coaching, support, and governance to deliver the high-quality, affordable financial tools and services


Leveraging our networks, we encourage decision-makers to support and adopt locally-led innovation, knowledge, leadership, and collaboration methods


We actively partner with leaders and organizations around the world to sustain our work developing new research, new jobs, new markets, and new policies


We challenge and activate thought leaders to develop and expand sustainable innovation, share best practices, and research common issues

Our work enable people have the power to shape their institutions, their societies and their life.

The Global Centre for Risk and Innovation (GCRI) is a global driver of sustainable growth and has strong collaborative links with industry partners, the public sector and academic institutions. You can engage with our research expertise, collaborate with our academics, and access our specialist network and services. The GCRI is made up of decentralized network of talented individuals who make us the great institution that we are proud to be. By working together and connecting with external institutions, businesses and government, it make us even stronger. 


  • Increase financial Inclusion, intergenerational justice, and equity
  • Make innovation open to anyone, anywhere, anytime
  • Increase the power of small and developing communities to create sustainable impacts
  • Increase global and local accountability, transparency, and inclusivity
  • Co-design, test and refine protocols and policy frameworks
  • Improve the legitimacy of global governance and policy development
  • Provide a global vision and ambition for science, research and innovation

We generate a chain of facts and tools that enable public participation and supports sound decision-making in environmental, social, and governance policies. We value independence, objectivity, accuracy, rigor with practical experience, humility, transparency, and sustainable innovation.

We live in a new world, with new rules that demand new responses. Contrary to what some leaders believe, we do not live in a time of simple linear change. Instead, we are in the middle of the earliest stages of a genuine paradigm shift. 

That said, the century’s challenges and opportunities are global in scope, have a cross-industry impact, and require multistakeholder cooperation. Understanding that the world must act now to ensure that emerging technologies will help – and not harm – humankind in the future, we co-design and prototype technology and policy frameworks across eight areas of focus:

  • Good Governance
  • Open Collaboration
  • Digital Transformation
  • Sustainable Development
  • Democratic Institutions
  • Human Rights
  • Privacy Policy
  • Social Movements

While developing and expanding our capacity development, professional courses, and training programs, we are also conducting cutting-edge research into technology and policy.


  • Telecommunications infrastructure
  • Critical Internet resources
  • Digital standards
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Blockchain
  • Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Cloud computing
  • Net neutrality and zero-rating
  • Emerging technologies


  • Cybercrime
  • Critical infrastructure
  • Cyberconflict and warfare
  • Violent extremism
  • Child safety online
  • Encryption
  • Network security

Human Rights

  • Freedom of expression
  • Privacy and data protection
  • Right to be forgotten
  • Rights of persons with disabilities
  • Gender rights online
  • Freedom of the Press
  • Children’s rights
  • Human rights principles

Legal and regulatory

  • Jurisdiction
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Data governance
  • Intellectual Property Rights
  • Liability of intermediaries
  • Convergence and OTT
  • Digital legacies


  • Digital business models
  • E-commerce and trade
  • Taxation
  • Consumer protection
  • Future of work
  • Cryptocurrencies


  • Sustainable development
  • Access
  • Inclusive finance
  • Capacity development
  • E-waste


  • Content policy
  • Cultural diversity
  • Multilingualism
  • Digital identities
  • Online education
  • Interdisciplinary approaches

We are on a path to become a fully decentralized platform. This means that as a member-run community, the GCRI has distributed mechanisms and processes in place that effectively enable an organization-wide control function to operate without (necessarily) relying on a managerial hierarchy and cascades of authority.

This decentralized authority must not be limited or generally conditioned by the power of a direct superior. However, there are system-level requirements that any role must meet and reporting and notification requirements. These controls are operationalized in the form of:

  • Self-control based on clear guidance of what and how to observe;
  • Mutual or peer-based control that is limited in its purpose or scope;
  • Input controls, e.g., in the form of member selection or standardization of tools and working methods;
  • Output controls, like performance indicators or criteria-based evaluations.

Good governance within the GCRI cannot rely on a unified chain of command and bosses and middle managers overseeing, controlling, and correcting their subordinates and central guidelines. In the absence of a unified chain of command of managerial hierarchy, GCRI committees and their outputs are governed in a bottom-up way based on GCRI’s coin system and voting structures. The voting mechanism includes democratic elements, figurative elements, and consultative elements.

The Global Centre for Risk and Innovation (GCRI) is a nonpartisan independent fact tank that informs the public about the issues, attitudes and trends shaping the world. We conduct public opinion polling, demographic research, content analysis and other data-driven R&D initiatives around the world.

We originated in a research collective project created in 2016 at World Social Forum. The project conducted regular polls on innovation and major policy issues while designing a consensus and governance mechanism for what you see today. In 2018, The Global Centre for Risk and Innovation (GCRI) incorporated as an independent R&D institute in Canada with active local communities worldwide.

We envision a world of harmony, equity, and justice for all on a sustainable planet, nurtured by innovation, open collaboration, and engaged citizenry.

Our mission is to build tools, capacities, and communities for a sustainable and democratic society. We will nurture our innovation system and theory of change to improve lives, services, and governance worldwide – creating a fairer, healthier, more prosperous, and resilient societies.

Our work acknowledges that the same innovative technologies and sociotechnical practices that are reconfiguring society – enabling novel modes of interaction, new opportunities for knowledge, and disruptive business practices and paradigms – can be abused to invade privacy, provide new tools of discrimination, and harm individuals and communities. 

This Roadmap goes on to set out our ambitions for tackling these problems:

  1. Increasing collaborative research opportunities, unlocking public access to knowledge, discoveries, and open data
  2. Advancing the development of universal access, equity, innovation, and opportunity in open education
  3. Supporting civil society to advance the principles of integrity, accountability, anti-corruption, and good governance
  4. Providing technological support to grassroots, change agents, and reformers in their mission to enhance open government
  5. Moving sustainability beyond the “best practice” approaches, in line with the broader locally-led governance agenda
  6. Developing technological competencies and organizational culture that are essential to commons-based peer production
  7. Establishing and implementing open system for community governed monitoring, evaluation, and voting
  8. Building a framework for the exchange of experiences, building solidarity and mutual recognition among organizations and movements
  9. Connecting the dots between issues, solutions, geographies, and approaches to support collaborative learning and collective action


The sustainable design of public services is a crucial issue that affect local economies and their inhabitants’ health, social inclusion and financial well-being. The current crisis caused by the global pandemic has further limited the funds available for public services making life harder for millions of people worldwide. From these considerations, GCRI aims to propose an innovative methodology for designing public services based on a rational decision-making process with stakeholder engagement to perform a sustainable development perspective.

Our methods combine technical aspects, social and political issues, equity perspectives, and a design solution accepted through consensus-building among the local and global communities.

GCRI provides a neutral and inclusive space for technology and policy debates as a platform where members can exchange different ideas while leveraging an equal chance to participate in various novel activities, collective actions, local projects, and global initiatives. We act as a decentralized platform for all sectors of society to mobilize and amplify their efforts toward a better world for people, nature and future generations.

GCRI provides an alternative ecosystem that spurs problem-solving, civic leadership and social innovation. We aim to integrate researchers, community leaders, and civic hackers in collaborative projects and long-term partnerships that enable inclusion, sustainability, and equity. 

As a mission-driven distributed network, we combine expertise, insights, and ground-breaking technology to help communities worldwide create social innovation with positive ESG impact. We help our members manage risk in complex social and political environments, giving everyone confidence to experiment with radically alternative ideas. Our goal is to make innovation and learning more adaptive and transformative in the pursuit of social change. 

Contemporary organizations are becoming increasingly cosmopolitan in their cultural composition and global in their operational focus. In terms of knowledge creation and sharing, globally networked personnel sit at the epicenter of this phenomenon. The value of any knowledge transferred within cosmopolitan organizations depends on disseminative and absorptive capacities, making it a challenging process to derive the most significant degree of impact from knowledge-sharing initiatives.

GCRI provides innovative ways to encourage greater knowledge-sharing and open collaboration. Our experts evaluate frameworks and provide concrete action plans to measure the impact of knowledge management and capacity building. Our Knowledge Base is a cloud system that keeps information organized and easy to access anywhere, anytime.

Our Mechanism Design aims at improving access to R&D opportunities for social impact, especially for marginalized and developing communities. Governments and institutions leverage GCRI’s network to design evaluation frameworks and allocation policies for better, simpler, and faster alternatives. Through integrated and optimized mechanism designs, we significantly improve social welfare and quality of life. Our approach is collaborative and requires a deep understanding of critical topics with appropriate cultural awareness to formulate optimal strategies for efficient, fair, and sustainable solutions.

Working as multidisciplinary teams, our advisors help develop and implement frameworks for the future of science policy and public participation. That is why we work with researchers who have extensive experience working closely with local, regional, and global stakeholders.

The GCRI’s Innovation Lab serves as a social entrepreneurship hub. We take smart risks to test new ideas in collaboration with governments, institutions, and leaders worldwide to harness the power of innovations that accelerate public participation and ESG impact.

The GCRI’s Innovation Lab provides a wide range of services in the field of open collaboration and sustainable development. Our network’s diverse expertise is in demand worldwide – from governments to transnational institutions, the private and public sector.

We work with businesses, civil society actors, and research institutions to foster successful interaction between technology, public, and policy. The commissioning parties and cooperation partners place trust in the GCRI, and we work with them to generate novel ideas for positive change.

We are a global non-profit, and universal values are central to our work. The GCRI’s Innovation Lab builds local, regional, and international partnerships in several cross-cutting areas to advance the GCRI’s priorities and support its members worldwide to more effectively integrate novel and sustainable innovation into their work.

Produced by industry experts and academic leaders, GCRI provides open courses for individuals, institutions, and communities. We offer free courses across eight primary subject areas. GCRI’s Open Education platform enables teachers and students to benefit from a peer-to-peer universal learning system.

We partner with open education leaders to offer free training tools designed to help our members find their passion and shape their future. Our learning management system leverages #1 choice of Fortune 500 companies, major universities, training organizations, and entrepreneurs worldwide for creating (and monetizing) their online courses.

To achieve its objectives, GCRI works toward a transnational consortium of institutions committed to expanding access to quality education, knowledge, and insight. 

We present your product & services across the globe by listing virtual events through an integrated promotion and engagement system. GCRI Events Platform provides practical online tools to maximize engagement and participation.

Our highly configurable and integrated campaigns customized to your cause and specific audiences. Our platform is fully synchronized with all the ecosystem subnets with a modular design for unlimited customization and integration. We handle all the technicals and search engine optimizations so you can focus on growing your communities.

GCRI’s Event Platform gives our members, sponsors, and partners the exposure they deserve through featured content, promotions, and brand exposure all across the platform. Our goal is to empower event organizers to create the most engaging and reliable virtual events.


We are building the first global Citizen Observatory as a gateway to open data discovery and open data applications. Our members access granular to global-level environmental, social, and governance (ESG) data while browsing real-world solutions in different situations and jurisdictions.

We want to integrate open data into policy stages by providing decision-makers with the required team, techniques, and tools. Our Open Data initiative involves multi-stakeholder participation, global discovery design, and real-time risk analysis. We work through various activities from workshops, hackathons, and an on-going series of seminars and webinars to co-design prototype solutions.

The Global Hack Competition is an annual hacking event by GCRI, organized in partnership with local players worldwide. During 48 hours, everyone will get a chance to join teams and create concepts, mashups, and models using open data. The purpose of Global Hack Competition is to come up with innovative solutions for governments, companies, and institutions.

The global pandemic has shone a bright light on several failings and weaknesses in how current policy frameworks handle societal challenges: traditional business and governance models fail us. Due to this failure, socioeconomic traumas contribute to civil wars, terrorism, climate change, and regional instability. We need to understand and grasp risks at the local and global level now if we are to avoid catastrophic results arising from outdated and difunctional systems.

GCRI’s enabling methodologies mediate between solutions and their uptake within specific organizations, geographical locations, or cultural context for optimal ESG results. We work with scientists, political leaders, grassroots activists to field-test our ideas and apply our research in diverse environments. Our advisors promote international security, prosperity, and justice for all by building tools, prototyping new technologies, creating datasets, working with local leaders, and training government officials.


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Diversity is our heritage and our future. At the GCRI, diversity is an integral part of our history, culture, and identity. We want to create an inclusive culture where all forms of diversity are seen as a real value for the community. That is why we approach diversity as a philosophy and as an objective. Central to our purpose is our commitment to attracting the most comprehensive array of innovators into our community. 


Equality of opportunity is not enough. Unless we create an environment where everyone is guaranteed some minimum capabilities through some guarantee of minimum income, education, and healthcare, we cannot say that we have fair competition. Equity recognizes historical, racial, gender, and age inequities that continue to create unequal playing fields. Equity speaks in terms of recognition, restitution, assistance, and reparation. Equity realizes that true equality requires different treatment. Equity recognizes more than equal humanity. Equity recognizes shared humanity.


The acute challenges created by the paradigm shift all organizations must face demand that leaders at all levels get serious about thinking, acting, and learning like true innovators right away. Innovation lives in the careful balance of systemic freedom and systemic discipline necessary to discover and develop ideas to create radical new value. Three of innovation’s core values—inclusivity, possibility, and opportunity—are grounded in need for freedom, while the other three—capability, sustainability, and responsibility—are based on the need for discipline. 


Transparent leadership results in members who understand the GCRI’s vision and how their efforts help achieve organization-wide goals. Transparency is at the top of the GCRI principles. Its internal wiki includes financials, board meeting decks, management meeting decks, strategic topics, anything, and everything members need to stay informed and aligned with the GCRI’s vision. Integrity, transparency, and the fight against corruption have to be part of the culture to overcome impunity and injustice.

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