Center for Governance and Sustainability

at the University of Massachusetts Boston

The Unique Design of GRI’s Report and the Readers’ Guide

The structure of the final GRI report is unusual. It consists of a series of thoughtful essays, a collection of marketing messages, and a breathtakingly wide anthology of policy recommendations. Over 90% of the pages of the report are detailed, theme-specific recommendations developed by GRI’s work groups. The task force reports are clustered as a series of recommendations on economic cooperation, sustainability cooperation, development cooperation, security cooperation, and values cooperation. In addition GRI invited nine leading rapporteurs to provide their own reflections in order to provide coherence for clusters of the thematic task force reports. A complete list of topics and work groups is in Annex A. 1   

The key WEF messages are packaged a series of simple ‘Steps', 2 ‘Tools’, 3 ‘Building Blocks’ 4 and ‘Special Mechanisms.’ 5 These key messages are then repeated almost verbatim in later sections of the report. In other sections, the sixteen media messages are reiterated but with significant variance in emphasis. A summary table of these messages is available at the end of this section. 6

For clarity and consistency, the Readers' Guide website follows the structure of the Global Redesign Initiative report and its messages. It includes a series of introductory essays analyzing the GRI approach and an assessment of the consequences of some of the GRI proposals. The Readers' Guide also provides an overview of GRI’s analytic framework in terms of a more traditional classification of international relations. The last section of website contains verbatim extracts from the GRI report along with interpreted commentary by the Readers' Guide author. At the bottom of all the webpages is an invitation to engage with the relevant issues using a moderated commentary option.