We are busy building a funeral pyre for apathy. It was put to death by two events which changed our relationship with how we see the world and ourselves in it. The Brexit vote and Trump election have reverberated a booming wake-up call to those who want the best, not only for themselves, their families, communities and nations but for people in every nation, those who look to the future for answers and who stand with women everywhere in solidarity. The question is, how do we as people of the world respond to that call?
Key factors killing apathy:
- In the farcical US election campaign, Clinton, representing more of the same from the neo-liberal establishment, was so little trusted that enough men and women, with daughters, made a man who boasted about grabbing women’s genitals, president.
- The hard-right have been emboldened by Brexit and the Trump election and are gaining traction around the world along with a marked increase in acts of hate crime.
- President Trump plans to drastically increase military spending and his chief strategist predicts war with China and broadening conflict escalation in the Middle East.
- Trump and Farage’s hard-right nationalist brand state that they do not believe in man-made climate change and that they would rather maintain national competitiveness than cooperate with the global community in reducing emissions. Trump has inextricably close links with the fossil-fuel industry.
Apathy has drawn its last sigh in the face of the threat presented by these two seismic changes in the U.K and U.S. The threat is global. The need for everyone to engage on the global stage and to enable others to do the same is clear. Doing nothing is no longer an option. We must all take responsibility for Trump and his ultra-nationalist ilk who offer violence, segregation and business as usual while ignoring or actively increasing the real threats to the whole world.
We are, however, now presented with the opportunity to be able to bring people together to tackle global problems. We have the capability to cooperate with people everywhere to ensure that we won’t have to admit to our offspring; ‘oh yes, we had the means and technology to meet humanity’s’ fundamental needs, to provide education and health care for everyone, everywhere; to do so without destroying the planet, without vast sums of debt, or war, but we allowed all that ingenuity to go to waste because we didn’t take responsibility for the world’s problems by standing up to the few with the most power. ‘
My wakeup call
Nature is my thing. As much as I’d like to be exploring outside, I have to do what I think is the necessary sedentary nitty gritty to tackle the root causes of nature’s demise, and consequently our own. I have spent many years researching these systemic causes, but also the great many solutions to our global predicament. I am now ready, with your help, to turn all this positivity into action.
My desire is to create a sense of hope and empowerment. I view our present political regression as a giant bending of the legs before a great leap forwards towards a global democratic revolution.
I’ve been getting up two hours early every day and have used that time to create an outrageously ambitious, yet totally necessary global organisation – in my opinion. A platform for progressive minded people everywhere to unite, to lead by example and encourage the rest of humanity to join in. Taking real local, national and global democratic control by sharing power and responsibility. To make the whole world great, not again, but for once and for a sustainable future.
Global platform for change
The organisation, set up as a not-for-profit company, is called Global People Power. It uses an excellent e-democracy platform called Represent.me. which is easy and fun to use and most importantly, is globally scalable. Try it out here and let’s take over the world, nicely.
The plan is for people everywhere to be able to suggest, debate and vote on global policies to be included in global justice agreements. Currently global agreements such as TISA, CITA, GATS and the new UK/US agreement were, and continue to be, created behind closed doors by corporate lobbyists. However, Global People Power policies will be open-sourced and for the benefit of humanity and the planet, not just for the profit margins of the few.
Using the latest e-democracy technology linked into social media we can shout louder than ‘the establishment’ media which maintains the status quo by spreading division, fear and hate. Instead we can show people, by example, how great the whole world can really be.
Opening up democracy to the whole world will facilitate fundamental change, a shift in our values. It will encourage a recognition of our common humanity. This in turn will better enable us to act with common purpose as we take action to tackle the perfect storm of global problems we ourselves created.
National governments are meant to exist for the benefit of all their citizens. Yet they all function within a system of divisive international competition. In a global race to the bottom, nations and groups of nations are competing with each other to be the most ‘business-friendly’ in order to attract the most investment from multinational corporations. Instead they should be working together to regulate multinational corporations for the good of humanity and the planet.
The Global People Power process however is inherently progressive due to its inclusive and cooperative nature. It will therefore generate all these qualities in its outcomes via the creation of a fair and level global playing field of agreements. In this way, all nations and all multi-national corporations can compete safely. Sovereign governments will once again be able to claim to exist for the benefit of all its citizens, not just the globally mobile privileged few banking in offshore tax-havens.
Taking global control by sharing your power
To effectively halt the international rise of the far-right and its cause, fundamentalist neo-liberalism, we must outmode both factions once and for all by taking action in a whole new way. Taking global control by sharing your power involves:
Campaign strategy 1. Unite behind a coherent set of global justice agreements.
Invite prominent progressive women activists to propose global policy on our e-democracy platform. Ask them to invite their supporters and detractors to debate and vote on them. Please join that platform: http://globalpeoplepower.org/many-minds/
Campaign strategy 2. Unite for global cooperation. Whilst the global justice agreements are being crowd-sourced, start with social media to demand global cooperation to tackle global challenges and to protest against destructive international competition. Form local groups and take to the streets to demonstrate your globalness. Vote only for politicians that sign up to cooperate globally, to implement the global agreements alongside other governments.
Check your invite
Although important, campaigning and protesting at the national level alone, even for better democracy is insufficiently ambitious, even insufficiently ethical in a globalised world. We need to think, act, unite and be equally as coherent on the global stage with our core aims. Moreover, we need to have our core aim debate out in the open. If it impacts us all, it should include us all!
Together we can forge a #GlobalProgressiveAlliance based on international cooperation. By uniting the growing progressive movement behind a coherent set of core demands and agreements the movement itself will grow. We will not only support each other to win elections but we can mobilise the world behind a global democratic and cooperative revolution.
As we wave our final goodbye to the apathy that held our lives in an equilibrium of caring about the world but not finding our place to voice our ideas, here’s what I’d like to invite you to do. We are looking for our first Pioneers. Please take a planetary step by signing up to Global People Power here: http://globalpeoplepower.org
Democracy is evolving
Concentrating power in a few hands is easy isn’t it? It’s what we’ve always done. Sharing it in an organised way is harder of course but precisely what the world needs.
We don’t need to wait for another catastrophe. We don’t need to ask permission. Let’s take responsibility for global threats to our existence and invite the rest of the world to join in.