We are living another edition of the famous World Economic Forum in Davos, with the same attitude, enthusiasm and spirit, year after year we are witness of a more inclusive strategy and more political will to bring to the table actors that usually will not joint on an equal basis. That the most powerful leaders and businessman “land” on this neutral initiative mean that we have chances to take off towards global goals within resilience and holistic approaches.
The own presence of the President of the United States Donald Trump marks an impressive turning point. An isolationist, a climate change denier, a nationalist that has accepted the invitation in a place that does not welcome anti-global or/and supremacy agendas but the power of a world united by common goals by dialogue and negotiation within the main priority: climate change action. The resilience that the Forum is facing the challenges makes of US Administration not another “enemy” but another “challenge” to tackle. Under the idea that even if there is only 1% of possibilities for common ground with Mr. Trump is worthy to go for it. Not the paradox nationalism/isolationism vs globalization but a joint action point of starting any approach.
Davos is innovative in their own roots as a Forum that is capable to resist to all those changes that led to the break of regional and global goals, as this new wave of isolationism that threats to divide the world in their negative side: by confrontation not fair competition, by war instead of Diplomacy, by hate instead of peacebuilding action, by unethical rules instead of transparent networks, by aggressive competition from polluted companies instead of commitment towards Sustainability
Despite all forecast, the world has never been as decentralised as in current times in terms of power to the point, that we are living through scattered “anarchical ties” that weaken global initiatives and the own strength for a global system.
Corporations: have never been more involved in sustainability issues that now, tackling their own crises through innovative approaches, smart use of technology, different investment and a careful selection of human resources
Governments: have never been so weak, ineffective and manipulated, because of a lack of charismatic or just strong leadership but also for agendas that tend to boycott the current status quo instead of a productive view towards reforms and joint action, calling all actors into stage including the own Government as another actor to play a role, diverse from the past. Technology and new shapes of relationships as Social Media change the focus of influencing and must be taken into account to make the public sector part of a bigger and stronger source of delivering resilient solutions, not just an influencer of their own crisis.
Political leaders: stagnated compartments that follow an agenda out of political interests with no capacity to merge with the citizens and a global agenda, mainly because of their lack of accountability processes and for a general state of chaos that makes them too much powerful and free to decide in and out Global Goals.
Global institutions: have never been so ineffective to deliver the most basic feeling: trust, as their power relies on the commitment of their members. US-Israel withdraws from UNESCO represents a milestone that marks a new dynamic, also and especially for the Security Council that has losen all capacity to influence in conflicts. The Middle East and its wave of migration is the most striking model that United Nations must act beyond local interests. Printing with global senses a chaotic scenario of no Diplomacy and will to “sit and talk”.
Citizens: absorbed by the “storm” of unethical Social Media, manipulated by the Media and a biased communications strategy that tend to benefit from one side to another.
For a true global axis of power, we need to create, integrate and give cohesion to all actors from all positions without discrimination. We are facing the reality that part of Middle East towns are controlled by groups like ISIS which positioning them as one more actor in a place that demands dialogue and not more repression. Without dialogue, we dramatically enter into the land of chaos and growing violence. It is not about “endorsement” of illegal movements or violent groups but of acceptance that is part of this chaotic scenario of global conflict. Gathering all actors -even weak, individually considered- make them stronger in the final outcome. We need to unite without centralize, that is the key challenge for the next decades, adapting to new realities. Is it so that structures as the World Economic Forum are likely to success rather than a bureaucratic one as United Nations that belongs to a post-war scenario. Those times of openness, tolerance, solidarity, and vision give the path to an apocalyptic stage of chaos and disintegration particularly institutional.
The decentralization of a global axis of power is one of the key aspects to get into sustainability in the sense that “searching” for the axis demands a flexible mind to think not just in one but in many ones that together form a true network of resilience: “a global axis”.
* Searching for a global axis of power (I) https://thesustainabilityreader.com/2019/10/30/searching-for-a-global-axis-of-power/