Observations and Thoughts

About the General Impact Index of individuals

There are some assessment scales of “the most influential” politicians, thinkers, etc. It would be interesting to measure also the General Impact Index (GII) of individuals. GII can indicate how outstanding individuals affected or changed the world. For instance, musician A may have a greater impact on his/her contemporaries than politician B. GII can be assessed in a country, international, modern or historical context. For example, in a historical context, Confucius is a more influential person than the Chinese rulers in his time. That means Confucius’s historical GII is higher than GIIs of those rulers. It would be a challenging exercise to find out comparative GIIs of, let’s say, Confucius, Alexander the Great, Nelson Mandela, Albert Einstein and Picasso. This may remind the question or quiz about the historical importance of individuals, or league table of historical figures. However, speaking about GII, we mean the task of finding quantitative measures of the individual’s impact on the world. This may be a very controversial approach, but also a quite interesting one.

Expressing opinions and listening to other’s opinions

Thanks to the development of technologies, people have made much progress in the ability to express their own . But this did not lead to the development of their ability to to other people’s opinions.

Diversification of diplomacy

Diversification of diplomacy: state diplomacy, track one diplomacy, intergovernmental diplomacy, secret diplomacy, coercive diplomacy, bilateral diplomacy, multilateral diplomacy, conference diplomacy, economic diplomacy, environmental diplomacy, business diplomacy, trade diplomacy, global diplomacy, regional diplomacy, military diplomacy, science diplomacy, public diplomacy, social diplomacy, multi-track diplomacy, track two diplomacy, non-governmental diplomacy, back-channel diplomacy, digital diplomacy, social media diplomacy, e-diplomacy, Facebook diplomacy, Twitter diplomacy, hashtag diplomacy, citizen diplomacy, people’s diplomacy, cultural diplomacy, arts diplomacy, celebrity diplomacy, religious diplomacy, faith diplomacy, sports diplomacy, children diplomacy, indigenous diplomacy, diaspora diplomacy, trans-professional diplomacy, plural diplomacies, everyday diplomacy…

GCRF COMPASS project

I am honored to serve on the Advisory Board of the Comprehensive Capacity-Building in Eastern Neighbourhood and Central Asia: research integration, impact governance and sustainable communities (GCRF COMPASS): https://research.kent.ac.uk/gcrf-compass/people/