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The Magic of King Bill: the global power of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

My term paper for my global health governance course looks at the power of the Gates Foundation. ‘King Bill’ because Gates is the most powerful man in global health and is accountable to nobody but himself. ‘Magic’ because it focuses on breakthrough ‘magic bullet’ technical solutions. As global philanthropic funds rise, see, e.g. the Billionaire’s Giving […]

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The global #occupy movement seeks a cosmopolitan democracy. Here’s why they should read David Held

http://www.flickr.com/photos/sqrlyearlynyc/6221379837/sizes/m/in/photostream/ CC VBlessNYC On 17 September, around one hundred people set up a camp in a small private park a block away from the 9/11 memorial site in New York. Their example has swiftly grown and spread around the world. Mainstream media has been confused by the fact that Occupy activists make no single demand and […]

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What the world needs is a another blog. No, really. This one’s about global governance.

More specifically, it’s going to be about technology and global governance. Or how the former affects the latter. What’s global governance? It’s about massive global problems like climate change. And the current absence of solutions. These ‘problems without passports’ don’t know boundaries. They’re not controlled by national governments. And they affect everyone on the planet, […]

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The #lockdown reading list

Given I now have a bit more time on my hands, I plan to spend my time working on institution-building for democracy. I’m also planning to catch up with several years’ worth of Things I Really Should Have Read Earlier. The COVID-19 lockdown presents an opportunity to try to get through some it.

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Review of ‘Inside Fortress Bill’ on BBC Radio 4

The point about global governance is that it ain’t a government. It’s just a jumble of people, organisations and states doing things that constitute governance. This includes very rich people essentially providing global public goods like healthcare. The Gates Foundation is a great example of this – in the absence of sufficient WHO/UN spending on […]

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Working up a proposal for a ‘Centre for Democracy’

Is this what a healthy democracy looks like? Three months ago, I wrote a blogpost outlining projects I thought necessary to improve the state of democracy in the UK. After many helpful conversations and lots of feedback, I’ve tried to work out what’s most useful to do next. The TL;DR: A Centre for Democracy — research, […]

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How to do more good this year

It’s about this time of year that in a moderately hungover fashion, I cast my mind back and ponder what I have achieved in the last 12 months. In my day job and as a volunteer, I work at trying to increase public participation in governance. And I do ultimately think that a more democratic […]