Seven Policy Switches

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James Greyson [1] proposes Seven Policy Switches and associated strategic commons to achieve a rapid reversal or multiple global problems. "Together the switches define a practical strategy for global security, for a serious attempt at revival of co-operation, ecosystems and prosperity." [2]

  1. Progress commons[3]; replacing a less-bad vision of progress with 'positive development'. Global security (merged security goals such as climate security, international security, human security, economic security, etc) is proposed as a broad framework for the commons. Progress is increasing global security (currently in reverse).
  2. Learning commons[4]; enabling open-mindedness by replacing prescriptive education of predetermined curricula with 'curiosity-led'. Collective capacity to learn (adding to and reshaping knowledge) is proposed as an element of the commons.
  3. Resource commons[5]; a simple micro-economic tool to replace linear (waste-based) economics with 'circular economics'. The world's material resource stock, which can be used and maintained as resources for the future, is proposed as an element of the commons.
  4. Co-operation commons[6]; a simple macro-economic tool to replace conflict escalation with peace and co-operation escalation. Collective capacity for co-operation, which is diminished by the stock of weapons , is proposed as an element of the commons.
  5. Ecosystem commons[7]; replacing exploitive ownership with a world-wide merging of ownership and guardianship. A culture of belonging to the Earth (rather than the other way around) is proposed as an element of the commons.
  6. Sharing commons[8]; wealth-sharing by the mega-rich replacing a culture of scarcity with abundance. Collective capacity to share (rather than to concentrate wealth) is proposed as an element of the commons.
  7. Money supply commons[9], replacing privatised money-creation with public national and local money supply. Collective decisions about the creation and circulation of money is proposed as an element of the commons.


  • Article: Seven Policy Switches for Global Security. James Greyson. ENERGY OPTIONS IMPACT ON REGIONAL SECURITY. NATO Science for Peace and Security Series, 2010, Volume 00, 69-92, DOI: 10.1007/978-90-481-9565-7_3