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Globalans AB recognizes the truth of the IPCC’s reports and other scientific data on planetary boundaries and is dedicated to telling stories that reflect it.

Globalans’s founder, Dr. Anna Borgeryd, is an expert on the evaluation of social macro structures and how they are challenged by a rapidly changing world. The evaluation of global political structures and their ability to enable us to manage conflict was the subject of her PhD thesis, Managing Intercollective Conflict: Prevailing Structures and Global Challenges (Dissertation.com 1999).

Realizing the powerful influence that economic structures have on the fate of humanity, our founder has gone on to study the dominant economic rules we live under today, the challenges of unsustainability, and the ways in which we must transform the world economy if we are to survive and thrive in the long run.

A recurring theme in Borgeryd’s research is uncovering and scrutinizing the assumptions that underpin norms, behavior and institutions – an approach that is sometimes described as strategic reverse engineering. You can follow her reflections on the state of the world on Twitter @annaborgeryd.

Anna Borgeryd dissertation abstract:

The state system is arguably the most powerful human institution in world history.  Its dominance makes it easy to forget that it is a structure created by people to deal with problems, primarily to manage conflict. And as with any problem solving, the success of the remedy is dependent upon an understanding of the problem – that the assumptions made about the situation are reasonably correct.

Prevailing structures designed to deal with conflict between collectives operate mainly on principles that are hundreds of years old. Conditions for conflict and its management have changed radically since this state system was constructed. There is a risk that institutional inertia leads to growing disparity between real-world problems and the institutions that are supposed to manage them.

This study compares the state system’s realist and legalist premises to different cases: the 1990-91 Gulf War, the 1990-95 break-up of Yugoslavia, and the 1992 Los Angeles riots. These late 20th century conflicts present important challenges to the prevailing system’s premises – mismatches between idea and reality that are clearly connected to failures in conflict management. In addition, findings suggest that the state system increasingly produces problems that it cannot manage.