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As conventional institutions threaten to fail at the unprecedented tasks they face, we will not be mere witnesses.

Issues like climate change, globalization, and migration transcend nation-states and defy the local, short-term scope of conventional politics. They are global in nature; they demand global solutions.

In the current international decision-making systems, however, the crucial players are governments, not individuals. Citizens’ votes count, but they depend on elected representatives to be heard.

On the global stage, citizens have no meaningful forum to express their concerns, articulate their decisions, or cast their votes directly and immediately.

There is, in other words, no direct democracy on a global level. And that is what we aim to change.

We believe that all human beings, regardless of nationality or citizenship, have the basic right to a voice in the decisions that shape the world we share.

We founded GloCo in Switzerland, where direct democracy is enshrined in the national constitution: a majority of citizens can change the constitution by popular vote. GloCo was first conceptualized in 2017 under the name "The Global Community" and officially founded as a Swiss society (“Verein”) on 16th of September 2019 in Zurich. Founding members included:

  • Gery Colombo (Uster)
  • Filip MukiDobranić (Ljubljana)
  • Ursula Freiburghaus (Basel)
  • Tom Häussermann (Wangen)
  • Peter Hostettler (Oberwil)
  • Daniel Jositsch (Zürich)
  • Ingo Kirchhoff (Russikon)
  • Thomas Künzli (Zürich)
  • Lucy Koechlin (Basel)
  • Samuel Koechlin (New York)
  • Lars Lünenburger (Mellingen)

Like any political system, the Swiss one is far from perfect. GloCo isn’t trying to export it or replicate any other national model. Rather, we view GloCo’s place of origin as a unique democratic experiment, one of many case studies to guide us as we build a democratic community on a global scale.

Our initiative is committed to being unbiased and politically neutral. GloCo welcomes participants of all national origins without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran, or disability status.