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This statement is an invitation into a "movement of movements" – the call for diverse groups and sectors to come together around the common cause of transitioning from our present state of life-threatening global crisis to a sustainable, just and cooperative global society that serves the well-being of all.
Based on separation, competition and the pursuit of self-profit regardless of the consequences for others and the planet, the now-globalized capitalist system, particularly in its advanced neo-liberal form, is causing multiple crises of vast social and economic inequality, climate emergency and other forms of ecological devastation that threaten the very survival of life on Earth.
We need to transition, as quickly and smoothly as possible, to a system based on the opposite values: sustainability, cooperation, caring, our interconnectedness with each other and nature, an ethic of solidarity that serves the well-being of all of us and all life.
Many people and organizations have recognized this, and are already working towards this transition, at different levels and in diverse ways. We have distilled a manifesto based on the common values and goals of these movements, which can serve as the platform for a "movement of movements", around which they can gather, coordinate their goals and collaborate in action. This will both accelerate the transition to a cooperative, sustainable society so many desire today, and model new collaborative processes for co-creative synergy and participatory governance for our future.
The seven goals of the manifesto, and the movement of movements, include:
Our plan is to send the manifesto to major leaders already active in these directions, invite them to sign and, if possible, join a guiding body. With these names behind it, we would then send it out to relevant groups and organizations by direct invitation, as well as the general public through the social media, including Facebook, social activist petition sites, etc. We could also link the manifesto to a succinct, direct hashtag like "#transformthesystem" and send it out to go viral. This in turn could be linked to an invitation to a day of world-wide demonstrations, a "Transform the System" day.
Behind this would be a platform set up for on-going collaboration: an interactive digital website where the different organizations and their activities would be mapped, allowing them to identify each other and further consolidate action. The website would also elaborate the points of the vision in greater detail, and continue to evolve as the movement itself does. The site would offer a cohesive, holistic vision of how the principle of interconnectedness expresses itself at every level of our being: the inner levels of consciousness, energy, psyche and healing, as well as the outer social, ecological, economic and governance levels, as a basis for multi-dimensional, whole-systems transformation, and coordinated action towards it.
We believe that such a "movement of movements" could galvanize hope and vision not only among fragmented movements, but also among the many individuals around the world disaffected by the current dismal global direction, and ripe for a positive vision and structure into which they can put their energy. Our future is not fore-ordained; it is up to us to create it. It is time to consolidate our movements towards a new world of solidarity – economic, ecological and social – where all of us and all of life can flourish.
~ Kavita Byrd, June 3, 2018