Preface

With the coming of the millennium, the affairs of humanity appear to be unfolding in more profound ways.

Cause and effect is more apparent and happening more quickly. Those of you who are educated and aware will find themselves urgently called upon to action for the good of all humanity.

Global link-ups are already happening at a fast rate.

Business leaders are much more sensitive to the greater, wider needs for their expertise and are already in the process of creating a new kind of civilization.

One of the most important factors in our lives is the inter-connection we have to others, to other countries. Through these connections you will be able to create changes for good on a global scale.

We must now all become linked to others in faraway places on a much deeper level if we are to work together to keep our planet healthy and productive and hospitable for all people and living things.

As your awareness of this global need deepens you will want to join with others to see that good changes happen.

Right now you can use your skills, your knowledge, your abilities, to realize how your strengths can help bring about the best kind of changes in the world by connecting with us in our aim to promote sustainable development on four major levels: the land, the richness of our land, our economic endeavours and the welfare of all our peoples.

We believe the world is at a turning point. We can no longer perceive ourselves as a People who could survive alone and a People who does not need anyone else. We belong and depend to a much larger group, that of The Global Community. The 21st Century will see limitless links and interrelationships with The Global Community.

This third millennium is a new challenge. New standards, goals and objectives have to be defined. Firm universal guidelines are essentials in keeping the world healthy. Already we notice new ways of thinking being embraced, new behaviors and attitudes adopted. Global ethics are required to do business and deal with one another to sustain Earth.

Indeed, we are becoming The Global Community made up of an infinite number of small units and the World Congress will bring us all together. Every human being lives within "a Global Community." This is his (her) global private community. One imagines he is inside a glass bubble ~ everything he can see from this glass bubble is his own "global community." Wherever we go, we are inside "a Global Community." Everything, every living creature there, interacts one upon the other. Influences inter-weave and are responsible for causes and effects. We are worlds within worlds orbiting in and out of one another's space, having their being.

Every single human being must deal responsibly with the affairs going on in his own "glass bubble" ~ when a person takes personal responsibility for his own affairs ~ he becomes empowered as a person. He can then reach beyond his own property and family, and help to work with others living in and around, even a part of the local community he lives in ~ the villages, the town community, the surrounding territory, and so on.

The key is personal responsibility. Therefore the individual is the important element, one who takes responsibility for his community. This individual cares about jobs, homes, streets, the community.

When a group of ordinary people realized they, personally, will make the changes they need in their fields, in their village. They can then find ways to bring these changes for all. There is a wisdom in the ways of very humble people that needs to be used. Every humble person deserves to have ideas respected, the courage to develop his own life for the better. Sound solutions to help manage and sustain Earth will very likely be found this way. Everyone can help assess the needs of the planet now (measuring sustainable development) and propose sound solutions for its proper management, present and future (managing sustainable development).

Sound solutions to all our problems will have to be researched and developed and made available to everyone on the Internet. This is la raison díêtre of The Global Community organization.

Sound solutions made available to all Global Communities should insure a sound future for Earth. Exchange of creative solutions to the varied community problems around the world will benefit us all on many levels ~ socially, economically and ecologically. We can all help to manage Earth this way. We invite you to participate in the Congress to insure a sound future for Earth.

Participate in:

* developing the Vision of Earth in Year 2024
* Brain-storming Exercises on all ISSUES of the Congress
* Discussion Roundtables

 

Welcome to the new  millennium!

Germain Dufour
Chairman
World Congress on Managing and Measuring Sustainable Development
 


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