The meeting point for national and international preparedness
for large-scale systemic failure of a complex society.


We take for granted the conditions that make the workings of everyday life possible – from clean water to the food in our supermarkets, and from healthcare to the ability of our economy and government to function.

The increasing complexity, interdependence and global integration of systems that support the operation of modern society have also increased our vulnerability to large-scale failure. 

Meanwhile, there is an array of threats that could cause such a failure now. The risk will continue to grow as resource, environmental and socio-economic stresses  accumulate and interact.  

An Advanced Capacities Network: Connect leading governments/ institutions/ contingency planners/ think-tanks and others who are already aware of the potential for systemic failure and who have begun developing preparedness strategies. Support insight, capacity building, tool development, sharing and scaling.


The Government Engagement Process: Establish working groups in a small number of lead countries. Drive and facilitate a process to formulate structured agreements for a comprehensive societal response nationally and internationally. 


Research & Development Collaborations: Develop partnerships with research institutions, contingency agencies and others for enhancing preparedness capacities across the board. 

The likelihood of systemic failure – from localised and reversible, to global and irreversible – is growing, while the impacts would be catastrophic. Therefore there is an urgency that defines our desire to build relationships that can drive large-scale contingency planning and preparedness.


Given that societies will remain unaware of – and resistant to – the implications of this transformation of risk until their lives are directly impinged, we collectively need to be in a position to provide direction and practical action when societies and governments are ready to accept such support. 

We emphasize that this is a collective predicament.


We bring hazard-independent approach. 


We focus on responding to the impacts, not mitigation. 


We say there is a risk, and we need an insurance policy.


We take a Whole-Society Preparedness approach.


Our role is to support existing institutions.

Current developments though our lens.

We are driven by a vision of a world with: 


  • Growing understanding of the large-scale systemic risk for societal failure


  • Rolling deployment of contingency and preparedness planning


  • Deepening cooperation among governments on how best to respond to increasingly pervasive crises and between citizens and governments on Whole Society Preparedness fo a large-scale systemic failure event   



Beyond Resilience

This white paper outlines why risk needs to be reconsidered, the extent of societies capacity to respond, and presents a risk posture that links our transforming risk environment with contingency planning and preparedness.

The Impediment

The most rational approach is to “brace for impact”, providing ourselves with maximum life-support capacity during the perilous period of disruption and transition. 

Outline of the GGI

Societal preparedness for systematic failure.





We emphasize that this is
a collective predicament.

We bring a hazard-independent

We focus on responding to the impacts of systemic failure.

We say there is a risk,
not what will happen.  

We Take a Whole-Society Preparedness approach.

Our role is to instigate and support - not replace.


We Need to Talk About Catastrophic Globa

The systems which underpin our lives are increasingly brittle and face growing array of intensifying pressures, we must prepare.




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