Other Solutions Besides
Global Issues Networks
Global issues networks are not the only shape networked governance could take. Nor are they the only solution to accelerating global problem-solving. While I have spent a bit of time selling the idea of global issues networks concept, there are two more categories of ideas worth thinking about, not of the network governance family but with some links to it.
One idea would be to keep the issue-by-issue approach but to stop short of setting up tri-sector global issues networks with their peculiar methodology—by sticking to the more traditional (I would even say pedestrian) approach of G-something groupings of countries. Here's the idea: you could set up for each of the twenty or so global issues a corresponding G20. Just as the one G20 in existence deals mostly with the issue of the world's financial architecture and is populated by finance ministers, 1 you could have one G20 per global issue, each gathering the relevant technical ministers.