Citizens’ Reappropriation of Politics
Do Space and Action Have to Be Contradictory? Toward an Inclusive WSF Strategy
On the Road to a Citizens Assembly
Final Declaration of the Sixth World Parliamentary Forum - Caracas 2006
People-centered Global Governance: Making It Happen!
Alterglobalization, a Long-term Process Leading to Alternatives
Global Democracy: Civil Society Visions and Strategies (G05) Conference Report
Civil Society’s Impact on the Multilateral Sphere: Lessons Learned and Future Directions
Can Civil Society Influence G8 Accountability?
Civil Society and the Legitimation of Global Governance
Non-state Actors and World Governance
Contesting Global Governance. Multilateral Economic Institutions and Global Social Movements
Allende Hoy (English version)
When Dreams Come True
Imagine All the People: Advancing a Global Citizens Movement
Global Civil Society: Shifting Powers in a Shifting World
Can Democracy Survive Interdependence?
For a Democratic Cosmopolitarian Movement
Second Meeting of the China, Europe, and South America Dialog Group: Civil Societies Moving Forward for Change
Rediscovering Nelson Mandela for the Twenty-first Century
Statement No. 1
Letter to our readers and to the Mandela World Liberation Front
How to break out the system trap. A model to support conversations for a more strategic activism.
New Rules for New Radicals ? *
Reclaiming the ASEAN Community for the People
Basic Food Income: Option or Obligation?
Kicking the Habit: The World Bank and the IMF Are Still Addicted to Attaching Economic-policy Conditions to Aid
The UN: Which Reforms for What Future?
Proposals for a Fair and Democratic Architecture of Power
The Bamako Appeal
Governance of the World Banana Trade
Moving Toward a New World Governance
China Sustainable Development Strategy Report 2011. Greening the Economic Transformation
Retrieving and Valuing Other Ethical Pillars: The Concept of Buen Vivir*
Proposals for a Fair and Sustainable Economy
Rio+20: Failed Diplomacy, Feeble Democracy
Setting up an Arbitration Tribunal on Debt: An Alternative Solution?
Post-2015: Global Action for an Inclusive and Sustainable Future
An Ecological Act: A Backgrounder to the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA)
The World Governance Index (WGI)
Rio + ???
Building Consensus on Food Safety Programs among Consumer and Public Health Organizations
Rethinking and Changing World Governance
Hearing on Neo-liberal Politics and European Transnational Corporations in Latin America and the Caribbean
A Primer on Global Economic Sharing
After Copenhagen, Some Light on the Horizon
Henceforth, the Keys to the Future are Responsibility, Solidarity, and Courage
What Europe does the world need?
On the Road to Rio+20 - Proposals for a Citizen Project
Digital Publishing in Developing Countries
Beyond the Growth Paradigm: Creating a Unified Progressive Politics
Call to Multiply the Village of Alternatives
Mobilize and organize to Stop and Prevent Planet Fever!
The Future of the Commons
A Bit Rich: Calculating the Real Value to Society of Different Professions
After Rio+20: What New World Governance Does the World Need?
Territories: Paradigm Shifts That Need to Be Made for the Transition
Take Back the Land!
The problem, in a nutshell, is this: The old economic model has utterly failed us. It has destroyed our communities, our democracy, our economic security, and the planet we live on. The old industrial-age systems—state communism, fascism, free-market capitalism—have all let us down hard, and growing numbers of us understand that going back there isn’t an option.
But we also know that transitioning to some kind of a new economy—and, probably, a new governing model to match—will be a civilization-wrenching process. We’re having to reverse deep and ancient assumptions about how we allocate goods, labor, money, and power on a rapidly shrinking, endangered, complex, and ever more populated planet. We are bolding taking the global economy—and all 7 billion souls who depend on it—where no economy has ever gone before.
Right now, all we have to guide us forward are an emerging set of new values and imperatives. The new system can’t incentivize economic growth for its own sake, or let monopolies form and flourish. It should be as democratic as possible, but with strong mechanisms in place that protect the common wealth and the common good. It needs to put true costs to things, and hold people accountable for their actions. Above all, it needs to be rooted in the deep satisfactions—community, nature, family, health, creativity—that have been the source of real human happiness for most of our species’ history.
As we peer out into this future, we can catch glimmers and shadows—the first dim outlines of things that might become part of the emerging picture over the next few decades. Within this far-ranging conversation, a few dominant themes crop up over and over again. For the final chapter in this series, we’ll discuss five robust visions that are forming the conceptual bridge on which our next steps toward the future are being taken.