Earth Community Organization (ECO)
the Global Community
Dr. Paul Wildman
With a small citizens group in Eastern Australia that are committed to civic integrity and futures governance.
Participating in Global Dialogue 2006.
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Our Logo: The bottom small triangle represents the pathway to establishing agreement on CIVIDA’s integrity development goals. The arched gateway at the top of the path is the basecamp at the foot of the mountain, a commitment declaration point. Passage through the gateway indicates a declaration of commitment to oneself & a team, to cooperatively, creatively and methodically undertake the challenging, integrity-building climb to the top of the mountain. The heart symbol inscribed on the gateway represents the ethos of love/compassion/care for all. The circle represents the world, wholeness, integrity, integration.
INTEGRITY DEVELOPMENT PROJECT
A global ethics project in association with LIBRECOM
An action learning project aimed at improving civic integrity invoked by the Categorical Imperative
"Act only according to principles that you can at the same time will that they become universal law"
members of the association participate in an inner and outer constitution building process in which each exercises the responsibility to determine the principles that will constitute their future integrity by dialogically deliberating and deciding on preferred world constitutional norms.
Participants show commitment to demonstrating these norms by participating in the development of a global economic and political organisation that will be underpinned by and exemplify these norms.
[Richard Mochelle and Paul Wildman, draft 1.1, Aug 01, for future website- PO 74 Nundah Brisbane Aust 4012 email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org]
Introduction to the Project
The ‘foremost challenge of this generation’ according to the Commission for Global Governance (CGG) is to mobilise the collective power of people ‘to make life in the 21st century more democratic, more secure, and more sustainable’. To this end, the CGG called for a global civic ethic, the adoption by all of a set of globally protective responsibilities, in effect, a new set of world constitutional norms, without which already well-accepted UN rights conventions cannot be fulfilled.
How in a world of cultural diversity are these global responsibilities to be (1) determined, and (2) induced? Given that a universal compulsory program of doctrinaire education would be inadmissible, how are the world’s people to be enticed to sacrifice the substantial time that is needed to consider the global situation and determine the global responsibilities called for?
If the challenge and the call by the CGG are to be successfully met, political and moral educators will need to play a leading role in creating the educational provisions required. Yet provisions alone will not suffice to attract people to undertake the substantial learning journey involved. In view of global crisis tendencies, we need seriously to consider the future possibility and ethics of universal educational intervention.
CIVIDA’s long range meta-constitutional proposition:
for the sake of global protection:
a worldwide obligation on educators and parents to ensure that all undertake integrity development education in their compulsory years of schooling
CIVIDA is an association whose members are voluntarily undertaking that integrity development journey with a view to serving as educational guides, producing support materials, and promoting the idea of integrity development education for teacher training, compulsory schooling and political office.
The understanding is that in order to adequately guide others, teacher educators and trainee teachers should be first to submit to the integrity development imperative and undertake the challenging learning journey it requires
What is the integrity development imperative?
In brief, it is the next step imperative implied by Kant’s categorical imperative: ‘act only on the maxim that you can at the same time will that it becomes universal law’.
Kant viewed this as the supreme principle of ethics. Logically derived from the commonly accepted ‘golden rule’, the imperative serves as a principle of meta-governance, by which the ethical quality of all principles, laws and actions may be determined. It is a crucial governor against the dangers of indoctrination by, and conformity to, dubious authorities and systems.
If one aspires to act with integrity, and one accepts Kant’s imperative, one has little option but to submit to the next step developmental imperative that logically follows. One’s first priority act must be to figure out the set of globally protective principles one wishes were universally complied with, and to decide them autonomously, as a free-thinking agent, without permitting customary authority to dominate one’s thinking. The imperative calls one to proceed, without hesitation, if one has not already done so.
Similar to a mountain-climbing journey (the triangle on CIVIDA’s logo represents the mountain), the imperative entails a rigorous mental strength-building exercise that focuses one’s attention on the global overview, on world constitutional norms, on what is needed to protect global interests. At the same time, its focus is intensely personal, on one’s inner-constitution, on the norms that will constitute one’s integrity in future. It is a reconstitutional imperative. It calls each, for the sake of mutual protection, to reconstitute both inner and outer frameworks.
It would be safe to say that most people, including most of the world’s educators, have not yet done so. Civic culture has not required such practice. Until one does so, one acts on principles decided by others, as custom dictates, on principles one has not chosen, whose validity one may find problematic, even reject, upon independent deliberation. Until one submits to the imperative, one remains ethically adolescent, an acquiescent, without independent responsibility. The integrity development imperative challenges us to shift from being conventional to post-conventional moral agents, to undertake a self-development journey that few have undertaken.
Submission to the imperative implies acceptance of certain presuppositions and urgencies.
1. We live in an inescapable condition of global ecological and economic interdependency.
For example, the prevailing global norms of national sovereignty, segregation, identity branding and allegiance formation, have led to military arms development, armed conflict and massive suffering. Submission to the imperative requires asking whether continuing acquiescence to such norms will best fulfil global economic, political and ecological security interests in future. (to be continued)
A PATHWAY TO ESTABLISHING AGREEMENT ON INTEGRITY DEVELOPMENT GOALS
outline for a workshop introduction to Integrity Development Project, draft 2.1
How to establish commitment from a disparate group of people having different and unclear values, to pursue collaboratively a challenging set of integrity development goals?
Here is a logical step by step approach. It requires beginning with people who voice a concern for world peace, justice, ecological sustainability, etc, who agree with the ‘responsibility to all’ imperative of the Earth Charter, the Universal Declaration of Responsibilities, the Commission for Global Governance call for a global civic ethic, etc.
Our starting point is a motley assembly that has responded to a seminar invitation targeted at people who share the above concerns and responsibility orientations.
PHASE 1: preliminaries
A Begin by allowing each to voice their concerns about the global situation and their interests and ideals in respect to peace, justice, ecology interests, etc.
(Cannot assume that all participants are sociologically and politically literate. Discussion may be needed about the relation between current global structures and norms – and the problems they generate)
Clarify that a commitment to fulfilling those interests implies doing so, if not next Monday with everyone in the world, at least by showing an example, with those who declare a similar commitment.
PHASE 2: Participants are invited to collaborate to realise the interests voiced.
Ask that they move to a nearby setting, a waiting room, pier, airport lounge, chat room, where integrity development goals will be agreed upon. When settled, focus participants on the guide map (next page) indicating proposed goals and pathway linking them. PHASE 2 GUIDE MAP: A logical path of stepping stones, towns, or stations for determining agreement on Integrity Development Goals to enable the formation (phase 3) oft a consortium of learning teams. Each of the steps constitutes a goal or sub-goal. Rehearse the trip, clarify steps as needed. Then proceed together step by step, ensuring that each has an opportunity to express (or deny) agreement to each goal, and to discuss any discomfort or reasons for objection.
Affirm shared interests – ecological, economic and political security > Assume all people share these interests? > Affirm ‘responsibility to all’ preamble statement of Earth Charter.
Affirm ‘The Golden Rule’ in principle. Do unto others... A general starting point ethic for achieving interests above. People of all cultures agree with a version. Read various versions. Address the usual nitpicking objections.
Affirm Golden Rule compliance implications
1 All others, including those on other side > Universality Rule.
Affirm Categorical Imperative: a nice wrapping up by Kant of the 4 above
"Act only in accord with principles which you can at the same time will that they become universal law"
INTEGRITY DEVELOPMENT IMPERATIVE – Point to mountain peak
Having committed to the above, it follows that one should, as the next priority, commit to ‘mountain trek’ to gain overview, decide a set of global ethics to constitute one’s integrity. Do it with minimal procrastination, if not already done.
Implications. Do it:
1 autonomously, unconstrained by status quo norms
ORGANISATIONAL DEVELOPMENT IMPERATIVE:
Seek to constitute, develop, full-time join and demonstrate an exemplary global organisation with others whose publicly disclosed global ethics are congruent with one’s own.
PHASE 3: Travel to ‘MOUNTAIN BASE CAMP’.
FORM TEAMS with those having agreed to the above goals (CIVIDA goals). Agree on tentative learning targets, an action plan, timing and start date. Celebrate commitment.
2001, the UN Year of the Volunteer
for more information, contact CIVDA: Richard Mochelle email@example.com;
Paul Wildman firstname.lastname@example.org PO box 208 Wavell Heights Brisbane 4012
draft 3, for discussion, Richard Mochelle/Paul Wildman, March 2002
We take for granted the institutional idea of a State or Federal Public Service whose office-holders are obliged to act impartially, justly and without prejudice towards all citizens of the world in the interests of making a better future for all.
In view of the global situation, there is growing need now for a World Public Service of integrity. We face mounting global challenges that threaten the interests of all, problems that may not be resolvable by rival nations acting in their self-interest. It is surely time to constitute a trustworthy body of self-organising ‘protective yet creative’ public servants, who can be relied upon to serve impartially, fairly and without prejudice towards ensuring a positive future for all beings in the world.
If people are to be trusted to serve impartially, without conflict of interest, they must neither be allegiance bound to any nation, nor belong to any nation. This implies the establishment of a new, democratically organised world service network that functions in parallel and cooperatively with UN agencies, but not subordinate to the UN.
If such public service is to be trusted in a world rife with corruption, they must be strongly resistant to bribery and the temptations of salaries and special privileges. They must be able to address priority needs and challenges without undue concern for earning a living. They must be able to exercise integrity without charging, to serve consistently with a volunteer mind-set.
To enable them to do so their basic needs must be met, free of charge, as far as possible. They will require accommodation, transport, medical care, food and so forth. Such freedom to serve could be enabled only by a large scale, Internet-facilitated institution that achieved two paramount objectives, the first being omni-diversity in its service roles and functions. The choice to perform as world public servants must be open to anyone, in any country, no less to farmers, miners and truck-drivers as to planners, managers and educators. The service must have the capacity to build hospitals, energy plants, transport systems and whole ecotowns. This would ensure that, in the long run, the service could be self-supporting when a sufficiently large scale.
In the shorter and medium term, an equal stipend support system – such as modelled by the Salvation Army – will enable each to purchase items not provided by the service, with funding provided by donation and by similar strategies used by prominent charitable service agencies. Basic provision for families ‘back home’ and some form of superannuation will be included and further such volunteer services can be full or part time therby allowing for other forms of service and work. The second paramount objective of the institution will be to function as a world property custodianship to maintain land and buildings in perpetual trust for free access by World Servants, volunteer and non-profit community organisations (and for limited lease, on an affordability basis, to the commercial sector).
Such a World Public Service institution could provide tremendous service opportunities for the millions around the world committed to a voluntaristic service ethic, but who, on their own, have no option but to earn a living in unfulfilling employment. It could also provide a freedom gateway for millions of refugees who because they belong to no nation are ideally situated to move toward a nationally transcendent service support structure.
To maintain the integrity, credibility and democratic governance of such world public service, qualification will need to be conditional on candidates undertaking a non-doctrinaire integrity development and civic communication course. Committed to the building of such world public service system in this UN declared Year of the Volunteer, CIVIDA’s action research associates are voluntarily undertaking such course themselves and have progressed considerably in its development.
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