It is now possible to vote in the elections of other countries and for your preferred candidate for UN Secretary General. Global Vote’s mission is: “whenever one group of people decides on an issue that will directly affect the lives of many other people around the world, the Global Vote gives the world a voice.”
Global Vote is an outcome of the Good Country Index developed by Simon Anholt in a remarkable effort to promote global citizenship. His 2014 TED Talk “Which country does the most good for the world?” can be seen here. “It’s an unexpected side effect of globalization: problems that once would have stayed local—say, a bank lending out too much money—now have consequences worldwide. But still, countries operate independently, as if alone on the planet. Policy advisor Simon Anholt has dreamed up an unusual scale to get governments thinking outwardly: The Good Country Index. In a riveting and funny talk, he answers the question, “Which country does the most good?” The answer may surprise you (especially if you live in the US or China).”
The initiative is an attempt to expose the negative effects of national ‘selfishnes’ and competitiveness on the prospects of a sustainable future for Spaceship Earth.