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Complexity Rising: Working Together to Solve the World’s “Gordian Knots”

Updated: Sep 3, 2020

As we hit the eight month mark since the World Health Organization (WHO) first announced that coronavirus was a global concern, we remain in a state of prolonged uncertainty. Global markets continue to be shaky, employees continue to work from home for the foreseeable future, voices continue to rise in protest of racial inequality, and the US remains deeply divided in the lead-up to the 2020 presidential election.


Make no mistake: the last eight months has underlined - in bold, red marker - the fragility of our existing global health, geopolitical and economic systems.


As you read this, the world is being reshaped -- and our humble belief is that it’s being reshaped for a better, more sustainable future. But this quickly evolving landscape requires greater involvement from a more diverse pool of thinkers, doers, and activists.


Consider the following:

  • Impact investments have significantly outperformed traditional bets during the pandemic. By way of example, the S&P 500 technology ETF is up 25% this year, while the S&P 500 energy ETF, which includes oil and gas stocks, is down 34%.

  • Relatedly, while energy consumption has dropped worldwide, output and capacity of renewables are expected to see increases in 2020. Global market changes and policy shifts could create real opportunities for increased investments in sustainable energy.

  • Volunteerism is up significantly. Since March, the American Red Cross has seen an approximately 20 percent increase in new volunteer applications, including youth and young adults. Additionally, new data from LinkedIn shows that its members in the United States added more than 110,000 volunteer activities to their profiles each month, more than twice the rate in 2017.

Uncertainty is everywhere, yet one thing is clear: people are seeking change, evolution, and a fresh take on our world’s most pressing Gordian knots, those massive, intricate, and seemingly intractable problems.


Cognitive Diversity and a Path for Cutting Through the Knots:


In order to realize this goal, we need new voices and diverse perspectives at the table.


That’s why today, we are launching The Gordian Knot Society, a global think tank, social impact consultancy and membership network for accomplished thinkers and doers from all professional arenas to join forces and help reshape the contours of the world’s future.


Powered by equal measures of hope and resolve, our founders are seeking to solve the world’s most complex problems by helping nonprofits, government entities, and corporations translate good intentions into concrete action. We will be advising and working alongside public and private sector organizations who are committed to solving some of the world’s most pressing problems and making meaningful collective impact. From racial injustice to climate change, we hope to harness our diverse community’s brain power at scale to solve some of the world’s most pressing problems.


Are you an accomplished executive looking to lend your intellectual capital to make the world a better place? Are you seeking networking opportunities to meet like-minded social change activists?


Or, do you have a particularly complex problem that requires some fresh thinking by subject-matter experts? Are you seeking counsel on how to scale a social impact program or craft a white paper or policy brief?


We are actively recruiting both projects and members as we kickstart our pursuit of solving some of the world’s most complex and pressing problems. Give us a follow to stay informed on our upcoming projects or to learn more about how to get involved.


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