What is Many Minds?

Introduction

Many Minds is a democratic process where you can suggest, debate, vote, or delegate your votes on global policies* – policies to solve our most urgent global problems. It takes place online using Democracy Earth’s app Sovereign. It also takes place at face-to-face street demonstrations.

*Global Policies will not be formally approved but will remain provisional, a work in progress, until sufficient nations have agreed to co-operate, via referendum, to implement them alongside one another. In this way, (A) newcomers can still participate in the democratic process and (B) the policies remain open to improvement and adaptation in a changing environment.

Global scope

It’s about creating policies which will impact the whole world, not policies which are local or national in scope. (See Potential Global Policies).

Open to everyone

It will be ensured that communities everywhere are able to participate in the process. As the inventor of the World Wide Web, Tim Berners-Lee says “access to the internet should be a human right.”

More detail

How will the Global Policies be Chosen?

  • Global Policies* will be chosen from the top of the list in order of the highest number of votes and the highest percentage of votes they have received.
  • They will be celebrated at One Action events.
  • Amendments can be suggested and challenges made to the list to ensure that policies do not conflict with each other – in order to avoid sub-optimization (see “Interrelated problems and solutions” below). It will be necessary to link the policies into fewer themed global agreements in order to focus the essence of our mission and then re-propose them. Democracy Earth’s Liquid Democracy process (blending representative and direct democracy) is designed to manage the scale of such a task.

Interrelated problems and solutions

Global Policies will develop into a range of interrelated measures to tackle a range of interrelated issues.  For example, World-Citizens might suggest a policy such as International Monetary Reform to tackle boom and bust economics and joblessness by generating funds to kick-start a Green Industrial Revolution thus mitigating the effects of climate change.

How will the global policies be implemented?

  • Through referendum, nations and devolved regions can decide to co-operate via Global People Power, or not.
  • If they vote in favour, governments can then implement the Global Policies according to their needs and to their democratic will. Left or right leaning governments will find different ways to implement the policies.
  • As the global democratic movement grows, and as World-Citizen’s global proposals develop into a coherent set of policies, nations will become morally obliged to act immediately to lay their foundations. World-Citizen’s policies will have more democratic legitimacy than existing global policies created behind closed doors.
  • Political parties joining our movement will have a greater chance of winning elections. They will be evidencing that they have systemic global solutions to systemic, global problems impacting voter’s daily lives.
  • All participating nations will be legally bound to implement the Global Policies to the same degree over time.
  • People in non-democratic nations but with internet freedom can participate and experience global democracy. In time, we expect all nations to take part as it is already in everyone’s long-term interest to cooperate to tackle global challenges.
  • World-Citizen’s global policies will conform to Global People Power’s Constitution and will not conflict with anyone’s Universal Rights.

Global justice framework

Global justice policies to tackle climate change and re-balance global economies in fair and pragmatic ways already exist; ways which also support the economies of developing nations. However, these cutting-edge ideas presently lack the framework of global cooperation to be workable.

International competition

Long-term measures to tackle our greatest threats seem to be either out of reach or too ambitious for any nation to take on alone (see: Why?). There is a perceived risk to international competitiveness and therefore to national interests. That is why our Global Policies will be implemented by governments around the world together in a cooperative, synchronised way. Through international cooperation, nations need no longer be fearful of doing the right thing alone, of suffering any “first mover competitive disadvantage.”

Minority rights

To ensure that the global majority does not restrict the Universal Rights of minority groups, any group will be able to register their interests on our Minority Interest forum. In doing so they can seek to have the proposal amended or they can attempt to block it.

Thinking tools

Groups of people with different needs and values have different ways of seeing the world. We have therefore created two thinking tools, Systemojis and Empathemojis to enable understanding between people with diverse worldviews. They are to be used like emojis within a text or to be called out within face-to-face discussions.