Carin Ism


Carin Ism, Co-Founder of Future of Governance Agency

Carin Ism is a foresight strategist, writer and co-founder of the Future of Governance Agency (FOGA).

Ism is, together with Dr. Julien Leyre, the author of “How to Rule a World – a crash course in the tools for power in the 21st century” a book and platform to be released in late 2021.

Among FOGA's projects is the development of the Paris Score that offers a new layer to increase compliance with the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, using transactional data and consolidated reputation scores. In 2019 FOGA created the first governance study in a Mars simulation, where Ism was the principal investigator living in an isolated, confined and extreme environment with a crew in the Himalayas at 14,000 feet, to develop design principles for early space societies.

Ism is Faculty at Singularity University Nordics, in the future of governance and in distributed ledger technology. Ism co-founded Effective Altruism’s Swedish branch and previously worked with digital jurisdictions as Director of Research at Bitnation.

Ism is also the former Executive Director of the Global Challenges Foundation and created the first reports on global governance of global risks, highlighting among other risks, AI alignment, pandemic responses, and the threat of nuclear winter. Ism also led the inception and development of the New Shape Prize – the largest prize competition in the social sciences to date. $5M was offered to the best ideas that re-envision global governance, which had more than 14,000 teams from more than 180 countries working on ideas, resulting in over 2,700 proposals.

Ism is an advisor for the Organisation for the Prevention of Extreme Suffering, as well as an advisor to the digital city project Salom Salut Sity. Ism is the recipient of the 2019 Joseph Jaworski Next Generation Foresight Practitioners Award in International Policy.


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