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The Global Action Program

 

Purpose


The goal of the Global Action Program (GAP) is to promote concrete projects that implement solution proposals of the Global Economic Symposium. Each project puts into action a practical vision of how to tackle a well-defined global problem addressed in the Symposium.

The GAP plays an important role in the Global Economic Symposium (GES). The GES initiates a strategic dialogue among leaders of business, policy-making, academic and civic communities to find innovative solutions to an array of global problems. The strategic dialogue is research-based (supported by the Virtual GES, the knowledge and communication platform of the GES) and action-oriented. While the analysis of the global problems is conducted in the Virtual GES, the Symposium itself focuses entirely on “solutions,” namely policy ideas, business strategies and civic initiatives to help overcome aspects of the global problems. The solutions generated by the panel sessions of the GES primarily take the form of “practical visions” for the future, namely, new ideas on how to respond to global problems that lie beyond the reach of our national policies and conventional schemes of international organizations. These practical visions are published in the book Global Economic Solutions after each Symposium.

Complementary to these practical visions, the GAP focuses on concrete projects that translate each some aspect of a practical vision into a specific action plan, leading to measurable results that address the underlying problem. In the interaction between the practical visions and the concrete projects, we seek to initiate a distinctive process of global problem-solving, in which people from diverse communities—business, academia, policy-making and civil society—work together to identify global problems, formulate well-founded, research-based principles for addressing these problems, and devise concrete projects that show how some aspect of these principles may be implemented.

The concrete projects are meant to provide a tangible grounding and discipline for the practical visions, influencing the formulation of new “solutions” in the future. The practical visions, in turn, provide an intellectual framework for structuring the concrete projects.

 

Project Summaries


 

NExT SSE (New Ethical eXchange and Technologies—Social Stock Exchange) “bringing capital to social ventures at increased transparency for investors”

Stephan Breidenbach, Anne-Kathrin Kuhlemann

A central challenge to the traditional non-profit sector is fundraising. Up to 50%—or more—of resources are used for the process to find donors. For social businesses there is an equal challenge: capital is traditionally seeking the highest return. And the idea that business can serve social purposes has yet to penetrate mainstream (investors’) thinking. Therefore, it is difficult to come by the risk capital for a social business or growth capital for its expansion. Traditional forms of finance are unable to fill the funding gap into which an increasing number of social businesses are falling. Capital acquisition threatens to consume as much time, effort and money as fundraising in the traditional non-profit sector. NExT SSE aspires to provide solutions.

Growing with the level of maturity of the social investment market in Europe, NExT SSE will begin with round tables for investors and social ventures, establishing a deal-flow and building communities/networks of social investors and social ventures. Shortly afterwards, we will present an online platform where social ventures can pitch to social investors. Investors willing to buy must become members of a cooperative— all trading then takes place “internally.”
When demand begins to stabilize, NExT SSE intends to have established a regulated financial marketplace. At this point, our aim is to have the industrialization of a select number of securities (one debt, one mezzanine, one equity) completed so as to allow for low cost private placements—and to cater to the different needs of social ventures and investors.

 

Creating awareness about groundbreaking projects to tackle the world’s most pressing challenges

Kim Cloete

My proposal involves producing a television documentary or a series of programs on proven social entrepreneurship projects that have tackled global challenges in innovative ways. I would like to home in on a project—or projects—that have started small, but have spread to other areas or countries. They should have the potential of being replicated around the world.

First up is a groundbreaking health care program which has its roots in Cape Town, South Africa, but which is now being rolled out in 600 health care facilities in seven African countries. Called “mothers2mothers,” it focuses on preventing mother-to-child transmission of HIV. Mothers living with HIV are trained to become mentors to women living with HIV/AIDS. The power of care, education and training has helped to break down the stigma of HIV and thousands of women have been encouraged to take medicines that have saved their lives and that of their babies. I would focus on a strong case study of a woman within a community and in the context of the bigger picture—in an in-depth sound and picture-rich production. The project itself has won a Global Health award, its patron is Elton John and it is in line with the GES ethos of a solutions-driven approach to challenges.

The other initiative that I would like to focus on is an inspirational project which started in India but has benefited people in villages around Africa and in Asia. The Barefoot College trains rural women to become solar engineers in villages where electricity is non-existent. I would focus on the transformation of a village and the global lessons it holds.

As an award-winning television journalist and producer, I would use my skills to produce a top-class documentary which I would market to television stations and international networks. It would also be screened at an upcoming Global Economic Symposium. The aim would be to drive change, inspire and educate. While I would like to begin with one documentary, my long-term goal would be to produce more regular programs online and on television networks that spark change and show what can be done when people focus on innovative solutions.

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