Conflict comes from imbalance. Nobody likes injustice, when it affects them, yet the world is filled with injustice. The world’s resources are shared unfairly across its people in whichever way you look and the current political makeup of nation states, each able to set its own internal laws and act in its own self interest only adds to the problem.
I’m not going to try and boil the ocean, by suggesting a mechanism that will solve all of the world’s problems but am going to suggest a mechanism that might help.
There are 193 different sovereign states in the world, each with its own problems and opportunities. International global alliances should be set up with a number of countries selected at random from different levels of GDP. These countries will work together to resolve common issues and make the world fairer and a less unequal place. They will buddy up.
How will this work?
All countries will be separated into three bands, high GDP per capita (for example over $30,000 per annum), medium GDP per capita ($10,000 to $29,999 per annum) and low GDP per capita (less than $10,000 per annum). A number of global alliances will be set up, say between 15 and 20.
Countries will be allocated to each alliance at random but within each band. In this way the majority of countries in each alliance will be poorer countries. Alliances will last for a set period, say 20 years, after which there will be a general realignment. Different alliances will share learning and good practice with each other.
There are currently 30 countries in the high band, 32 in the medium band and the rest are in the lower band. Using the above criteria each global alliance will have:
- Between 1 and 2 high band countries
- Between 1 and 2 medium band countries
- Between 6 and 8 low band countries.
Such an approach will lead to genuine cross-global working, a better understanding of the workings of different countries, exposure of exploitative governments and potential solutions to global issues.
It is worth a try.