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The Global Centre for Risk and Innovation (GCRI) is a distributed resource and decentralized network committed to accelerating public participation in research, policy, and development programs. GCRI is building a new architecture for governance and technology that is more social, integrative, and driven by civil society. It is a place for anyone looking to better integrate private and public action, people, nature, and future generations, to build a global society that attracts us to work together rather than be divided. We aim to nurture new collective structures of participation, empowerment, solidarity: on the platform, local and digital communities can teach courses, broadcast content, organize events, mobilize collective action, crowdsource teams, and crowdfund projects.

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.

VALUES

DIVERSITY

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. 

EQUITY

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.

INNOVATION

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. 

TRANSPARENCY

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.

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.
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ADVISORY

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
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.
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CONSULTANCY

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

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.
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TRAINING

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.

The UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) was set up in 2012 under the auspices of the UN Secretary-General. SDSN mobilizes global scientific and technological expertise to promote practical solutions for sustainable development, including the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Climate Agreement. SDSN works closely with United Nations agencies, multilateral financing institutions, the private sector, and civil society

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