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Roundtable on Governance & Law: Challenges & Opportunities


Roundtable on Governance & Law
Challenges & Opportunities

World Bank Headquarters, Washington DC
November 5-6, 2018 – 9 am to 5:30 pm

The World Academy of Art & Science and World University Consortium are partnering with The World Bank to conduct this 2-day roundtable on Governance & Law.

This roundtable will explore the governance challenges and opportunities generated by the complex nexus of forces impacting on human aspirations for freedom and development, peace and security, employment and equality, technological advancement, access to education and information, immigration and multi-culturalism, ecological stability and security in rapidly globalizing society today. Special emphasis will be on the effective role of law, governance and public participation for achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

The rapid evolution of society continues to outpace the development of institutions to guide, monitor and manage the increasing range and magnitude of the opportunities and challenges that arise. The growing gap between the needs of humanity and its prevailing system of institutions severely retards our collective progress and threatens to undermine the developmental gains of the past half century and achievement of the ambitious goals set for in the SDGs.

This meeting will explore the underlying drivers of social evolution and human development, the broadening array of actors and stakeholders impacting on the distribution and exercise of social power, the impact of technology and economic globalization on employment and inclusiveness, the impact of education and the media on public awareness and citizen engagement, the role of money and corporate power, threats to electoral democracy, the reconciliation of private interest and public good, the role of social movements and civil society organizations, and the impact of social theories on public perception and government action.

We live in an increasingly globalized world, yet our instruments of governance remain anchored in antiquated, flawed and largely ineffective national level institutions guided by narrow perspectives, misguided priorities, competitive strategies and mutually exclusive objectives. The meeting will also explore the challenges of national governance in an increasingly interconnected, interdependent world.


The program is open to participants from all disciplines and occupations. The meeting will consist of facilitated discussions centering on 10-12 major groups of issues plus an introductory session and a final discussion to frame conclusions and next steps. The format will be highly interactive: short presentations combined with open discussion. Each session will be introduced by a moderator making brief opening remarks posing fundamental questions to be explored during the session. The remainder of each session is reserved for moderated discussion among all participants. The conclusions of this session will be drawn upon to identify key issues for systematic examination in future programs of WAAS and WUC. Selected papers will be published in Cadmus Journal and Eruditio.

Session Topics (tentative list) 

  1. Introduction: Goals, Challenges & Opportunities
  2. Drivers of Social Evolution & Equitable Development
  3. Cast of Actors & Stakeholders in National Governance
  4. Governance, Social Culture and Human Rights
  5. Peace, Employment, Inclusiveness & Human Security
  6. Public Conscience, Rule of Law and Social Justice
  7. Money, Social Power, Capture and Accountability
  8. Electoral Democracy, the Media & Citizen Engagement
  9. Private Interest, Public Good & Social Equity
  10. Social Organization, Institutional Effectiveness & the SDGs
  11. Public Awareness, CSOs, Social Movements & Good Governance
  12. National Governance in a Global Society
  13. Power of Ideas: Governance Theory vs. Practice
  14. Conclusions & Recommendations

Roundtable on Governance & Law
Challenges & Opportunities

World Bank Headquarters, Washington DC
November 5-6, 2018 – 9 am to 5:30 pm

Background papers and Presentations

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Roundtable on Governance & Law
Challenges & Opportunities

World Bank Headquarters, Washington DC
November 5-6, 2018 – 9 am to 5:30 pm


  • Georg Armstrong: Intern, The Millennium Project, USA
  • Christina Clamp: Professor, School of Arts and Sciences & Director, Center for Cooperatives & CED, Southern New Hampshire University
  • Philippe Destatte: Director General of The Destree Institute, Belgium; Associate Professor of Foresight, University of Mons and Paris Diderot University
  • Fadwa El Guindi: Retiree Professor of Anthropology, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), USA; Fellow, World Academy of Art and Science
  • Lloyd Etheredge: Director, Policy Sciences Center, USA; Fellow, World Academy of Art and Science
  • Rodolfo Fiorini: Professor of Bioengineering at the Department of Electronics, Information and Bioengineering, Politecnico di Milano University, Italy; Fellow, World Academy of Art and Science
  • Erin Flannery: Intern, The Millennium Project, USA
  • Leon Fuerth: Former National Security Adviser to US Vice-President Al Gore; Professor of International Affairs & Director, Project on Forward Engagement, George Washington
  • Jerome Glenn: Futurist; Chief Executive Officer, The Millennium Project; Fellow, World Academy of Art & Science
  • Aitza Haddad Nunez: Adjunct Faculty, Strayer University and University of Maryland University College, USA; Junior Fellow, World Academy of Art and Science
  • Craig Hammer: Program Manager and Secretary of Development Data Council, The World Bank, USA; Associate Fellow, World Academy of Art and Science
  • Mario Hytten: CEO, Planetaire AB; Associate Fellow, World Academy of Art & Science
  • Senthil Inbarajan: Software Professional, USA
  • Niccolò Invidia: Deputee, Italian House of representatives
  • Garry Jacobs: Chief Executive Officer, World Academy of Art and Science; Vice-President, The Mother’s Service Society, India
  • Ashley Lewis: Professor, Howard University, USA
  • Samantha Manausa: Undergraduate Research Assistant, University of Florida, USA
  • Peta Milan: Director, Transcendent Media Capital, Portugal
  • Rovshan Muradov: Secretary-General, Nizami Ganjavi International Center, Azerbaijan; Junior Fellow, World Academy of Art and Science
  • Winston Nagan: Chairman of the Board of Trustees, World Academy of Art and Science; Sam T. Dell Research Scholar, Professor of Law Emeritus, University of Florida, USA
  • Michael Peck: Founder, MAPA Group; North American delegate for Mondragon; Cofounder, 1worker1vote.org
  • Mila Popovich: Founder, EVOLvED Leadership, USA; Associate Fellow & Chair, Membership Communications Committee, World Academy of Art and Science
  • Emir Rakos: Intern, The Millennium Project, USA
  • David Rejeski: Director, Technology, Innovation and Environment Program, Environmental Law Institute; Co-founder, Serious Games movement in 2003 and Games for Change in 2004
  • Sheila R Ronis: Distinguished Professor of Management & Director, Center for Complex and Strategic Decisions, Walsh College
  • Kathlena Walther Bouma: Special Advisor to the Chairman at Econet Foundation, South Africa; Fellow, World Academy of Art and Science