Governance structures are experiencing increasing levels of stress inherent in a world that is evolving rapidly toward more complexity. They are compelled to adapt. In parallel, social media becomes a key new arena for influence. The trend is irreversible and governance structures will need to adapt too. Yet, online social platforms are ill-equipped to provide healthy debates and are needing to be redesigned with governance in mind.
Social technologies have allowed anyone to connect with almost everyone else on the globe, eliminating geographical location as a strong barrier to interaction and cooperation. Yet, trust - or lack thereof - remains an issue.