Framework: Polisphere


Our idea is inspired by the string of pearls metaphor the Department of Defense used in a report on growing Chinese geopolitical influence. However, we want to move away from the idea of a sovereign nation expanding its influence and focus instead on a territory defined by a global network of autonomous metropolitan regions with flows in between. Two elements are autonomous metropolitan regions (pearls) and the flows of people, resources, and information in between (string). These flows come because humans are inherently social. Because the biosphere is changing, humans must change in a chaos-driven evolution, and upward mobility is assumed. We recognize that the political subject and the population are not the same. We want to know how we can expand the population that can participate in the political process. How do we account transient people? Can we allocate rights to them or future residents? Metrics should be data-driven and reflect values, such as the cosmopolitan nature of a polisphere.

Social Inventors

  • Benjamin Bratton
  • Cheryl Chung
  • Camille Crittenden
  • Brinda Dalal
  • Micah Daigle
  • Mark Dixon
  • Stephen Duncombe
  • Robert Fishkin
  • James Fishkin
  • James Keene


Given that the 21st century challenges cannot be met with the institutions of the past, we, the sentient life of this planet, hereby establish Polisphere in order to form a more perfect network of metropolitan autonomous regions to protect, maintain, and promote collective well-being of all known lifeforms and future generations thereof.


Promote wellbeing, now and into the future


Continuous leveling up through chaos-driven evolution

Human Nature

Inherently social–for better and worse

Political Subject

Multifaceted degrees and definition of “citizenship”


Global networks of autonomous metropolitan regions with flows (material, knowledge, people in between)

Metrics for Success

Wellbeing and data-driven cosmopolitanism