Global Issues Matrix

The global issues matrix consists of 51 issues in a format that has a box connecting every issue to every other issue. For amusement, put an “x” in any box for which you can think of how the two issues are connected. There are 1,275 boxes in the matrix. How many issues are connected “first-degree?” How many degrees are needed to connect all boxes?





A downloadable PDF version of the matrix is available by clicking on Global Issues on the top menu bar.


An interesting exercise is taking one of the global issues and placing Xs in each box where that issue overlaps the other issues. The example below does this for the issue of Governance. The yellow shading highlights all boxes where Governance may overlap with all other issues. The twenty-nine Xs specify those global issues that could be said to have a first-degree relationship with Governance.


Global Issues Matrix with Xs



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