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Let's gather the fundamental principles of a new people's movement, and explore ways to form an agreement based on them. Let's put everything into the center of the room and comb through it over and over again until it is as simple as we can make it.


Select ALL principles that are true for you (perhaps more than one).

If the options appearing here do not express your own view, you can add new options, which will be available to all participants.

If the meaning of any concept or term seems uncertain, follow your own personal interpretation.

Citizens can change the world
Old approaches to development and education, based on broken promises of growth and progress, have failed. We have to move from development and aid to justice and solidarity, and from education as instruction to emancipation (the appropriation of rights and equality) in order to bring about systemic change. We need emancipated [global] citizens to create a just and sustainable world. (

Build on voices, wisdom and experiences from communities throughout the world, challenging false myths of growth, development and technology. Develop a new paradigm for development as a shared responsibility based on active citizen involvement in all parts of the world. (

Systemic change through engaged [global] citizens
Concerned by the unequal development of the world and an unsustainable economy in an ever deeper crisis, civil society organizations take action to tackle the root causes of inequality. Thereby they work to overcome feelings of powerlessness and counter outdated answers to these global challenges like politics in national self-interest, expansion of unequal market mechanisms, and undemocratic top-down approaches. (

Implementing a concerted effort towards capacity building, communication, advocacy, research, and management) will contribute to creating a new narrative, reshaping the discourse and reinforcing universal values.

Some fundamental guiding principles
- Be at the same time radical and radically inclusive
- Bring together the formally and not so formally organized civil society, including social movements
- Be truly global and embrace diversity
- Plant seeds of change and reflection in different movements and organisations
- Mobilise people for a just transition and engage them and their organisation in a critical dialogue on the world we want
- Seek cooperation and complementarity with other global mobilisation or coordination structures
- Explore a new pedagogy for global justice and global citizenship (

What is our shared vision for the planet and humanity?
- Together, we believe in a world built on the principles of Global Justice and Global Citizenship and on various principles of indigenous wisdom such as Ubuntu, Buen Vivir and Neighbouring through a multilingual approach which allows the full expression of those ideas.
- A world built on mutual respect and equality in our shared humanity where we recognise and accept our differences.
- A world whose social and economic systems further the well-being of all people, while not undermining the planet and future generations.
- We aspire to reclaim, protect and nurture our commons and respect the rights of other living creatures on our planet. (

What is global justice?
We believe global justice means equal rights for all including future generations, through access to resources, knowledge and decision making. This means that the earth´s natural environment, ecosystems and knowledge are common property, and should be managed for the common good. (

What is global citizenship?
We believe global citizenship means that all people have access to participate and influence in a world democracy. The essence of global citizenship is built upon the involvement of different groups within decision making. Global citizenship means that rights should be the same for all peoples and responsibilities that are proportionate to their possibilities. The right of freedom of movement and settlement for everybody has to be respected. (

Can we generalize the concept of citizenship?
In the USA, it might be true that the concept of "global citizenship" will meet with resistance from people with nationalistic or regional loyalties. Could the concept of "citizenship" be generalized so as to include both regional/national citizenship and global citizenship? If the values are universalized -- through "globalization" -- the values in both cases might be very similar, and less like to incite resistance in more insular locales like parts of the USA (

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