Note of thanks: In preparing this piece, we were influenced by the Future of Development COVID-19 High Level Strategy Lab discussion featuring Achim Steiner, Acha Leke, Ifeyinwa Ugochukwu, Isabel de Saint Malo de Alvarado, Isobel Coleman, Juan Somavia, Mariana Mazzucato, Martin Jager, Ngaire Woods, Pavan Sukhdev, Tony O. Elumelu, and Tharman Shanmugaratnam.

We also are indebted to the work, advice, and support of Geoff Mulgan (UCL︎︎︎), Brenton Caffin (States of Change︎︎︎), Marco Steinberg (Snowcone & Haystack︎︎︎), Gabriella Gómez-Mont (Laboratorio para la Ciudad︎︎︎), Alberto Cottica (Edgeryders︎︎︎), Daniel Aldrich (Northeastern University︎︎︎), Dan Hill (Vinnova︎︎︎), Luca Gatti (Chora Foundation︎︎︎), Sandrine Dixon-Decleve (Club of Rome︎︎︎), Stephen Huddart (McConnell Foundation︎︎︎), Jayne Engle (McConnell Foundation︎︎︎), Martin Stewart-Weeks (Public Purpose︎︎︎), Dave Snowden (Cognitive Edge︎︎︎), Giulio Quaggiotto (UNDP︎︎︎), Alexandru Oprunenco (UNDP︎︎︎), Lejla Sadiku (UNDP︎︎︎), Narue Shiki (UNDP︎︎︎), Joseph d’Cruz (UNDP︎︎︎), Jonathan Lapalme (Dark Matter Labs︎︎︎), Chloe Treger (Dark Matter Labs︎︎︎), Konstantina Koulouri (Dark Matter Labs︎︎︎), Jack Minchella (Dark Matter Labs︎︎︎), Joost Beunderman (Dark Matter Labs︎︎︎), Aaron Gillett (Dark Matter Labs︎︎︎), Hyojeong Lee (Dark Matter Labs︎︎︎), and Richard Martin (︎︎︎).

UNDP is the UN’s development agency that works in 170 countries and territories, helping to achieve the eradication of poverty, and the reduction of inequalities and exclusion. We help nations develop policies, leadership skills, partnering abilities, institutional capabilities, and resilience.︎︎︎

Dark Matter Labs is focused on the great transitions our societies need to respond to technological revolution and climate breakdown. Our aim is to discover, design, and develop the institutional ‘dark matter’ that supports a more democratic, distributed, and sustainable future.︎︎︎

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