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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

About

The Global Centre for Risk and Innovation (GCRI) is a distributed resource and decentralized network of economists, thinkers, financiers, engineers and innovators to create capacity building for sustainable development.
 
The GCRI is a unique and ambitious hub where the academia meets and engages the grassroots, the industry, and the government to participate in a public discourse and make smarter decisions.
 
Connecting the policy dots across all levels and branches of governments, the GCRI keeps members informed and empowered to create a constructive public policy environment that best supports innovators in advancing their missions.
 
As a network of independent players, we are focused on the social and cultural issues and opportunities arising from financial evolution and innovative disruptions such as data-centric applications and automated technologies.
 
Working with and through the largest global network of nonprofits and community leaders, we identify emerging trends, share proven practices, and promote solutions that benefit communities they serve.
 
Our approach is collective yet decentralized, driven by the principle of self-governance and a rigorous use of evidence, disruptive technology and power of the people.
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Research

We study politics and policy; technology and media; internet, science and sustainability; social and grassroots; global attitudes and trends in environmental social and governance (ESG)

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Development

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

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Advisory

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

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Investment

We enhance impact investments in companies that expand, improve, and accelerate financial inclusion around the globe and across local communities

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Partnership

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

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Policy

We challenge and activate thought leaders to develop and expand the financial inclusion community, share best practices, and research common issues

Our research seeks to answer global challenges, drive innovation and deliver real-world impact

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. 

WHY?

WHAT?

  • Increase financial Inclusion and equity
  • Make innovation open to anyone, anywhere
  • Increase the power of small and developing states to create sustainable impacts
  • Increase global and local accountability, and inclusivity
  • Co-design, test and refine governance 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 foundation of facts that enriches the public dialogue and supports sound decision-making and creation in the field of sustainable innovation. We are nonprofit, nonpartisan and nonadvocacy. We value independence, objectivity, accuracy, rigor, humility, transparency and innovation.
 
Why Sustainable Innovation?
The answer to this basic question should be apparent to anyone paying attention to what is happening in our world right now. 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. Rather, we are in the middle of the earliest stages of a genuine paradigm shift.
 
There is widespread agreement among authors, consultants and thinkers in the field of management that innovation is the central capability for all organizations interested in maximizing their opportunities for success in the 21st century. While the pursuit of innovation cannot absolutely guarantee meaningful growth, it is the best strategy most organizations have for achieving it in a way that can become sustainable over time.
 

That said, he challenges and opportunities of the century are global in scope, have 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, the Global Centre for Risk and Innovation (GCRI) is co-designing and piloting development roadmaps, policy frameworks, and governance protocols across eight areas of focus:

  • Smart City
  • Cybersecurity
  • Energy
  • Data
  • Blockchain
  • Automation
  • Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning
  • Space

While continuing to develop and expand our capacity development, professional courses and training programmes, we are also conducting cutting-edge research into technology and policy.

If you are interested in helping or getting involved, please support us, join the debate on our online community, or join discussion on our blog.

Infrastructure

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

Cybersecurity

  • 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

Economic

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

Development

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

Sociocultural

  • 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 is system-level requirements that any role must meet, as well as reporting and notification requirements. These controls are operationalised in the form of:

  • self-control based on clear guidance of what and how to observe;

  • mutual or peer-based control that is clearly 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 along 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, representative 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 science research initiatives around the world. We do not take policy positions. 

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 across all continents. 

To become a global community to build the new future. The Global Centre for Risk and Innovation (GCRI)’s vision is to be the premiere industry-university-policy alliance dedicated to developing innovative solutions for sustainable development. We will serve the needs of our partners by establishing the needed knowledge base, developing innovative technologies, and by educating future leaders.


Our mission is to inspire and enable people from all backgrounds and experiences to engage and contribute to research and development and show that innovation is for everyone. We will nurture the whole system of innovation that will improve lives, services and businesses around the globe – creating a fairer, healthier, more prosperous and more sustainable and resilient society.

World-class research and dynamic innovation are part of an interconnected system; they depend on talented people and teams working in a supportive and diverse culture across multiple sectors, with access to the right funding, infrastructure, data and connections – locally, nationally, internationally – to do their best work. We will examine how this system is working across government, academia, universities, research institutes and technology organisations, businesses, charities, domestic and international investors, global networks and partners.

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. We are starting from a position of great strength and see this as the start of a big conversation on what actions need to be taken and how:

  1. Increase investment opportunities in research, unlocking new discoveries and applying research to problems in government, industry and across society. 
  2. Become a global centre at securing the economic and social benefits from research and innovation
  3. Support entrepreneurs and start-ups and increase the flow of capital into sustainable innovation
  4. Attract, retain and develop the talented, diverse people and teams that are essential to delivering our vision
  5. Provide long-term sustainable investment solutions into industry, infrastructure and institutions
  6. Create global-leading research and innovation hub, as well as strengthening R&D partnerships with emerging and developing countries

HOW?

The Global Centre for Risk and Innovation (GCRI) provides a neutral and inclusive space for digital policy debates as a platform where different views can be voiced. The GCRI offers researchers, partners, students, staff and members of the community the opportunity to take part in various novel activities, collective actions, local green space projects and community days. The GCRI acts as a decentralised platform for all sectors of society to mobilize and amplify their efforts to create long-term sustainable impacts.

VALUES

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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 real value for the community. That’s why we approach diversity as a philosophy and as an objective. Central to our purpose is our commitment to attracting the widest array of innovators into our community. We also seek to integrate these values into teaching and decision-making, as our members are influenced through leadership as much as through knowledge sharing.

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 an equal humanity. Equity recognizes a 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 the 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 organisation-wide goals. Transparency is at the top of the GCRI principles. Its internal wiki includes financials (cash balances, burn-rate, fundraising, and losses, etc.), board meeting decks, management meeting decks, strategic topics, basically 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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