Emergent Solutions

Complex social and environmental problems require complex, organic solutions.

In each Accelerator, we create the 7 conditions Elinor Ostrom identifies as essential for successful, sustained solutions:

1. Clearly defined boundaries.

2. Proportional equivalence between benefits and costs.

3. Collective-choice arrangement.

4. Monitoring.

5. Graduated sanctions.

6. Conflict-resolution mechanisms.

7. Minimal recognition of rights to organize, which is why we pair Sovereignty Accelerators with countries, states, or cities.

A radically empowered civil society is often able to initiate solutions better and faster than business or government.