Global People Power’s Constitution requires your input. In order to give some direction to the organisation, below are some values set out by Global People Power’s founder, Barnaby Flynn. To help create the constitution, please join our Constitution Forum.
Rather than being hierarchical in nature, Global People Power’s management structure functions along the lines of Network/Collaborative/Holonic Governance. As part of this, people applying to participate in the management of Global People Power co-create an Accountability Agreement with those with they will be working alongside. The agreement sets out their commitment to the team and also to the core aims, values and constitution of Global People Power.
Global Empire or Global People Power?
We do not want to live in a world where every day the balance of power tips more steeply in favour of multi-national corporations owned by a tiny minority of globally mobile elites [i]. Nor do we want to live in a world of immense and rising inequality, where almost half of the world’s wealth is owned by 1% of the population – a world full of fearful and compliant debt slaves [ii] – a world where caring energetic people who demonstrate for a better life for everyone are brutally mistreated by nation states – [iii] a world devoid of nature – [iv] a world that is taking on the shape of an undemocratic global empire [v].
Humanity learns like children learn, through trial and error. Each era of human history points towards the next. This is the age of excessive and unbridled individualism, short-term self-interest and profit at all costs. It’s time we embraced some long-term intelligent self-interest and cooperation. We are not advocating that everybody becomes the same, nor that we replace a tyranny of the minority (what we have now) with a tyranny of the majority. Far from it! Well-balanced societies must facilitate the healthy expression of all values, and that includes the desire for competitive entrepreneurialism. With Global People Power in action, competition can still occur, if it is still needed as a motivator, but as long as it is balanced by a system of fair global regulation.
Through the internet and modern communications [vi] we can mobilise local to global grassroots support and participation. As Jimmy Wales, the Founder of Wikipedia says, “Most people are pretty sensible.” We are highly empathic [vii] intelligent beings. A great many of us are desperate to find new ways to take responsibility for the world’s problems [viii]. Let’s help each other find each other.
Many new forms of direct, open and participatory web-based governance have emerged in recent years [ix]. Global People Power aims to compliment this movement by encouraging global unity in diversity. It is not a question of either-or campaigning, but both-and.
Reform or revolution?
Global People Power may not satisfy that part in us which still desires to “crush the system” by brutalising those who preside over it. Our purpose however, is to provide what most people want, the power to directly influence their world and in a way that is transparent, open and free from undue influence and not to be surreptitiously undermined. Global People Power could help to upgrade, reform and legitimise existing national and local forms of governance around the world. It would be hard to consider the achievement of this ambitious mission, the goal of local to global suffrage, as anything other than a revolutionary paradigm shift.
The challenge of new ideas
New ideas challenge us. They contradict what we have known to be true (research Cognitive Dissonance). New ideas often demand a lot of soul searching prior to a huge leap of imagination and faith. Most of the time we would rather feel safe with what we already believe to be true, even when life conditions around us require us to try out a different viewpoint and to experiment in adapting our behaviour. But as Albert Einstein said “You can’t solve a problem with the same thinking that got you into the problem in the first place.” So instead of trying harder and harder the old way and getting nowhere, which Einstein also said was “the definition of madness,” let’s try something new. Let’s try thinking and acting on a whole new planetary scale to tackle planetary problems.[i] Oxfam. 20/01/2014. Working For the Few. Political capture and economic inequality
[ii] Hudson, Michael. Counter Punch. Debt Slavery – Why It Destroyed Rome, Why It Will Destroy Us Unless It’s Stopped. 02/04/2011
[iii] Oppenheim, Maya. New Statesman. 22/11/2014. Why are Occupy Democracy Protesters staging another occupation in London?
[iv] Carey, Bjorn. Stanford University. Science Daily. 24/07/2014. Biologist warn of early stages of Earth’s sixth mass extinction event
[v] Hudson, Michael. (Book) 20/01/2003. Super Imperialism. The economic strategy of American empire.
[vi] Worldwide Web Foundation. Recognise the Internet as a human right, says Sir Tim Berners-Lee as he launches annual Web Index
[vii] Rifkin, Jeremy. RSA Animate. The Empathic Society.
[vii] Hall-Jones, Peter. Global Policy Forum. May 2006. Tne Rise of NGOs.
[ix] Liquid Democracy.