The name "Global Circle" is chosen to reflect the global scope and significance of the problems we are tackling, and the community nature of our work.

We choose the tackle global problems – global intellectually, and global in the sense of concerning the planet and the future of humanity. We understand, assess, and prioritize problems from a global perspective. We strive to have global impact.

The name "Global Circle" also recalls the significant earlier contributions of a group of scholars who called themselves the Vienna Circle. We acknowledge their work and have learned from it, without necessarily agreeing totally with their conclusions, as we extend the concept of working together and taking bold action to solve significant problems.