As we have already published, next Saturday, August 29th¹ we will meet, in an open meeting, members of 9 global networks, to promote mutual understanding and the possibility of collective action. With this article, we offer documents of the networks², to facilitate the dialogue and exchange at the meeting and present these networks to the public in general.
As an appetizer we selected a brief paragraph from each network. Good reading.
“…no collective action can succeed if all those who commit themselves to it are not animated by a set of clearly shared common values. Inherited religions or political doctrines (liberalism, socialism, communism, anarchism) are no longer sufficient guides today because they do not tell us anything decisive about the finiteness of natural resources, about the globality and plurality of cultures, or, finally, about the right way to ward off the infantile aspiration to omnipotence (hubris) inherent in human desire. Innovation is therefore needed.”
Second Convivialist Manifesto
“Several movements based on self-management and shared leadership, that values the contribution of each person, confirm this increasingly conscious need. These collectives grow stronger and more attractive, especially to youth, because they seek change here and now and foster bonds of friendship as a political force. A politics of friendship and trust rests on the benevolence of one towards the other, on welcoming differences, but also on the requirement of individual and collective responsibility in upholding shared values.”
The Emergence Of Planetary Citizenship, Dialogues For Humanity International Network
“The construction of a new model of society based on agreements that are inclusive and collective in all its diversity (women, children, indigenous people, sexual diversity, young people, etc.) is required in which there is broad participation, putting the value of human life and life on the planet above any other interest. Humanity has the necessary knowledge and wisdom to design a new system favourable to every human being and the biodiversity that we need to respect.”
Call for the UN Secretary General, Humanist Network for Universal Basic Income
“Life often involves tensions between important values. This can mean difficult choices. However, we must find ways to harmonize diversity with unity, the exercise of freedom with the common good, short-term objectives with long-term goals. Every individual, family, organization, and community has a vital role to play. The arts, sciences, religions, educational institutions, media, businesses, nongovernmental organizations, and governments are all called to offer creative leadership. The partnership of government, civil society, and business is essential for effective governance.”
The Earth Charter
“We have to change the system now, by attacking the roots. We cannot obey the imperative of economic growth, which is to force the inhabitants of the earth to quickly break out of their confinement and enter the second phase of “pandemic management”, “living with the virus“. We cannot assume the risk of health and death – even if with certain precautions – to get back to work and get the economic machine of production and consumption back to work, without changing any of the founding principles and key mechanisms of the failed system.”
Agora of the Inhabitants of the Earth, Manifesto 2020
“An Economy at the service of life ought to consider spirituality a dimension of the self. Differently than religiosity, spirituality is not restricted to religion. It has been gradually studied in the medical sciences and already for three decades recognized as a clinical category by the World Health Organization, in addition to being studied in the field of social sciences. We, in the Economy of Francis and Claire approach spirituality both from the religious and the scientific perspectives, from the example set by the young man from Assisi, who detached himself from material goods to grow spiritually.”
Letter of Claire and Francis
¹ 2nd Meeting of Global Networks, Saturday 29|Aug|2020
09:00 hs Colombia
10:00 hs Bolivia/Canada
11:00 hs Brazil/Argentina
16:00 hs France/Spain
Alicia Blanco (Humanist Movement) firstname.lastname@example.org
Débora Nunes (Dialogues for Humanity) email@example.com
Marcos Arruda (Agora of the Earth’s Inhabitants) firstname.lastname@example.org
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