[Paradigm Shift]: Paddy Ashdown: The global power shift – Institutional Change!

Paddy Ashdown claims that we are living in a moment in history where power is changing in ways it never has before. In a spellbinding talk he outlines the three major global shifts that he sees coming.

Western power has been enough after 400 years ruling!

The existing vertical hierarchical institutions have to be reformed!




The most important thing you can do is what you can do with others!


1. The Shift in Power runs vertical

Power is moving into the globalization level, no longer politics, but includes now corporations (through their scale of presence and market) and people (through their connectedness).

The issue: no regulations and no institutions that regulate, monitor, guide nor arbitrate this situation leads to chaos and unwanted disruption. Where power goes, governance must follow! Ashdown suggests through treaty based global organisms similar to G20, WTO, … not by adding more institutional power to the UN.


2. The Shift in Power runs horizontal

The upcoming of a multi-polar world – not just directed and orchestrated by Washington.

From fixed alliances to shifting and changing alliances.

From alliances with common values to alliances with common interests.

The end of Western institutions and values is nearing. The West will no longer be able to resolve any situations within its own borders (and/or dump the chaos in its back gardens).


3. Interdependence as nations, people, regions, cultures, …

Everything is connected to anything and we are all interconnected

We are interlocked, even intimate locked to think and act together

We can no longer act alone as nation-states or economic or regional power blocks.

We need to collaborate, share and learn to co-exist among nations, regions and people.

Effects of decisions and acts from outside reflect inside and vice versa as well as within the inside.


Paddy Ashdown - The global power shift

TED Presentation – Paddy Ashdown – The Global Power Shift!


The paradigm shift of our era is the

change of the network = the institutions

the capacity to network = internally and externally




The most important thing you can do is what you can do with others!

Each share a destiny with the other – friend or enemy, same or different values!


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