The Problem of Action
An exchange on the discussion note How Do We Get There? The Problem of Action
Our problems have common roots, and thus require common solutions. A nimble and creative global movement, fit for the task, will require both spontaneity and planning.
We need a new kind of political party, infused with the spirit of social movements and accountable to their demands.
A new thought collective on eco-democratic socialism could provide the needed conceptual understanding for a global movement.
The success of collective action will depend on the cultural and political contestation of neoliberal hegemony.
A global citizens movement would need to emerge in an organic manner. GTI can play a key role in fostering dialogue around such a complex process.
Humanity’s cooperative nature and astonishing capacity for altruism can be the basis for a new cultural narrative. Educational initiatives can help make that happen.
Individual change is a critical dimension of enduring structural change. But what sparks change in the first place?
Neoliberalism is in crisis, but to defeat it, we need to link up with existing social movements as well as ordinary citizens not yet engaged.
Using modern communications technology and guided by a collaborative spirit, we can create a cooperative global network that includes all elements of human experience.
We have a vast trove of cultural wisdom about human thriving from past generations that can inspire and unify us as we seek to build a more harmonious world.
To guide system change, we need a new story about what it means to be human, a story that underscores our deep interdependence with each other and the planet.
Social movement organizations need to embrace a reflective and deliberative approach that emphasizes power-with rather than power-over.
Paul Raskin addresses points raised by the contributors to this roundtable discussion.
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The emergence of an organic planetary civilization has become both possible and necessary. What would it look like? How do we get there?
The classic essay on our planetary moment, global scenarios, and pathways to a just, fulfilling, and sustainable future.