Carin Ism

I work on governance innovation, on updating the tools available to distribute power and make/enforce decisions. I am the co-founder of How To Rule a World, a production company working to spread knowledge on power and governance models. I give talks on power and governance-related issues and offer advisory services to governments and IGOs. I am also faculty in the future of governance at the Nordic branch of Singularity U. Before this I was Director of Research at Bitnation where i delved deep into the civic tech space. Previous to this I was Executive Director of the Global Challenges Foundation.

If you do anything in the space of reimagining governance and power, do reach out. I am always interested in learning about new projects and perspectives.

Beyond this I am the chair of Effective Altruism Sweden and run a live-in hackerspace in Stockholm, devoted to grow the effective altruism community in the Nordics.

Lastly, when time allows, I make visual art where I explore de- and reconstruction in a most literal sense. You can take a look at it here.


Learning about the surrounding world, emerging trends and technologies is a prerequisite to making sound judgements, on your own field of work and the broader environment. Having worked in many fields before settling on governance innovation, I have often observed daunting silos in areas that are intrinsically connected – particularly when it comes to the social vs. the technological side of progress. This is why I decided to create a live-in-hackspace, sharing it with other individuals devoted to becoming effective agents of value-aligned-change. Commune style living has helped individuals discipline themselves for thousands of years, and the humans of today are not much different when it comes to the way that structures of accountability and peer pressure affect us. 

The space is called Neurora and hosts events on a regular basis to allow for cross-pollination of expertise and perspectives. Our events range from knowledge-feasts to focused workshops, getting-things-done-sessions and dinners with particularly knowledgeable individuals as honorary guests/interviewees. To join the community and get access to our events, tell us who you are and why you are interested in joining us on the request form here.



The Sci-Fi Agenda is an ongoing curated collection of notable science fiction films. Not only has science fiction predicted the future better than most scientific disciplines, but it also provides myriads of intuition pumps for interpreting contemporary currents in science and technology. The approximately 50 films on the agenda are presented at these pseudo-weekly screenings with follow-up discussions on the themes in each.