A farewell note from GCA’s Founder: Patrick Frick


It’s been amazing to see the evolution of the Global Commons Alliance over time – from an idea we had back in 2016 to a thriving hub of committed individuals and organizations collaborating, innovating and taking action for a Safe and Just future today.


What a wonderful adventure! 

My handover of the leadership reins of the Global Commons Alliance to Jane Madgwick is now complete, and I will be moving on to new ventures from February 27, 2024 – with a full heart and deep gratitude for all the people who leaned in so generously to co-create the Global Commons Alliance. 

Patrick with Global Commons Alliance colleagues in New York in 2018

Although we’ve encountered great challenges and no shortage of skepticism along the way, my overarching experience has been one of joy.

There’s nothing I love more than facilitating communities so the group genius can emerge: because it’s group genius, not individual effort that changes things for the common good.

Patrick speaks to leaders at the inaugural Global Commons Dialogue at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, DC in 2016

Over the past seven years my team and I held a safe space for that facilitation so we could have the difficult conversations, and avoid politicking and non-transparent backdoor conversations. The result was trust. And what we’ve built together is a testimony to what collective impact looks like when we transcend our institutions and personal agendas. 

I will continue to watch the evolution of the Alliance and offer support and advice. I wish you all the courage and capacity you will need to face the challenges ahead collaboratively, so that we can deliver on our vision of safeguarding what we all share in common. 

By Patrick Frick, Founder, Global Commons Alliance

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