History

The OCGG has since its foundation transformed itself both in terms of its organization and its activities.

Establishment

In May 2003, the OCGG was established.

The organization first came into being with our first project, based around a group of students at the University of Oxford.

In cooperation with the Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC), we advised Mr Philippe Busquin, European Commissioner for Research, on the new EU space policy. We produced over 40 actionable recommendations on specific issues. Whereas the SGAC provided technical expertise and surveyed the opinions of young space professionals all over Europe, the OCGG produced analysis and advice on institutional and legal issues. The OCGG played a key part in presenting our recommendations to Mr Busquin at meetings in London and Paris.

After this successful project, we began scaling up the organization while launching new projects, soon expanding outside Oxford by recruiting people from other world leading universities, such as Cambridge, Harvard, Yale, ENA, and Sciences Po.

We also began building our Board of Advisors of global leaders.

Incorporation

In the autumn 2003, we registered under English law as a private company limited by guarantee, which is the common legal platform for think tanks and other non-profit organizations in the UK.

Our registration had formal support from government by the Rt Hon Alan Johnson MP, Minister of State for Lifelong Learning, Further and Higher Education at the Department for Education and Skills.

Moreover, our registration enjoyed formal support from academia by the Hon Michael Beloff QC, President of Trinity College in Oxford, and Prof Dr Stephen Weatherill, Jacques Delors Professor of European Community Law and Fellow of Somerville College in Oxford.

Lastly, our registration received formal support from other independent non-profit organizations by Mr Will Hutton, Chief Executive of the Work Foundation, and Mr Paul Reilly, Co-Chair of the Space Generation Advisory Council.

In this process, we also received informal encouragement from the Rt Hon Dr Denis Macshane MP, Minister for Europe at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Rt Hon Beverley Hughes MP, Minister of State at the Home Office, and Mr Andrew McDonald, Constitution Director at the Department for Constitutional Affairs.

In the spring 2009, we decided to remove the status as a company because it added little value but much red tape to the organization.

Actionable Advice to High Level Policy Makers

From 2003 to 2009, we offered publications to the general public (all available here on the website) in addition to our main goal of providing actionable advice through face-to-face meetings with political leaders.

Since 2010, we have focused exclusively on our key objective of interacting directly with high level policy makers.

Strategic Review

In 2013, we embarked on a strategic review of how the organization can proceed to the next level in its pursuit of a better world. This entails a critical re-think of not only the formats and destinations of our advice set out in our core mission for a value-adding organization but also of our fundamental analytical, ethical, and agenda-setting framework that underpins our overarching vision for a better world.