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WP21 Forum Weekly Summary 11 (March 25-April 7, 2003). Topic V, week 2, Creating a movement for global democracy and a world parliament
Arnaud BLIN, WP21 team
Thursday, 10 April 2003

ººº Abstract : Continuing the discussion on participation, the debate focused on the idea of a universal language, on the importance of art, and on following nature. We also discussed the idea of consensus or qualitative democracy, on organizing teams for a future WP and on a five pronged approach for world democracy. ººº

We continue with the fifth month of discussion around the following question : How can we create a movement for global democracy and a world parliament and invite everyone to participate? As we near the end of the forum, many questions were discussed that pertained to earlier conversations, either around this particular topic or around more general issues.

Language, art and nature

Once again, the language issue was high on the agenda. This time, however, answers were more divided than usual. Some supported once again the ideas of a universal language. But, regarding the use of Esperanto or the Ido as a pre-condition to building a World Parliament (WP), some participants felt that adopting an international language such as these would only make things more complicated and hide the fact that there may be more pressing issues to deal with such as poverty, war and famine. The use of English, aided by a number of other official languages might prove satisfactory as it has in existing international organizations.

Pluralism, one participant suggested, should be the foundation of a WP. Thus, why try to transform our languages into a universal language? Language is an element of culture, civilization and identity. Thus, it is important that a WP let as many languages express themselves as possible.

Art is another topic previously discussed and participants supported the idea mentioned earlier that a WP should promote art as a way to bridge frontiers (by creating an art committee). In the words of a contributor, art is an opening that can introduce * the breath of the spirit * and prevent us from going in circles in a sterile manner, thus allowing for novelty.

By the same token, one should also pay more attention to nature and the construction and functioning of a WP would be well served by observing the laws of nature. For instance, as one participant suggests, * If we allow organic principles to play a part, building a World Parliament will become an activity of pleasure instead of sheer hard work. *

Everyone remembers the analogy of the * Tree of palaver * for a WP. One could also compare it to a seashell : it begins its life cycle as a small almost invisible little creature but its shape is already that of a fully grown specimen. Thus, * the blueprint for growth is present at the very beginning of its life cycle. *

Qualitative democracy

A high number of participants have shown impatience or even sheer disgust with * politics as usual * where public life only serves as a means to enhance the interests of the groups or individuals participating actively in the process (which obviously includes the politicians). One contributor summ ed up this sentiment thus : * I happen to believe that the true power in all government comes from the people. Our governments fail us now because it has lost our voice. We have become silent in the bureaucracy of national political power. And we all now suffer from our own past ignorance. *

There is thus a great need to enhance the quality of representation and of democracy in general. Thus the idea of * qualitative democracy * (or consensus democracy) developed by one of our contributors attempts to go beyond the *quantitative democracy * of traditional majority rule.

Qualitative democracy would be based on legislation dominated by priorities. These priorities would be elaborated by a new breed of * professional politicians * (a topic we discussed at length in earlier debates) who would elaborate lists of priorities. The voluntary professional would be trained in the WP and be selected rather than elected. They would go through * Independent Political Academies * to get proper training.

Organizing teams

Since the topic of the month is to find practical ways to organize the WP, one participant suggested the following plan (summarized here) based on the creation of * teams * :

1) coordination team. 2) team of assessment of the preliminary work 3) team of assessment of the WP 4) team of writers. 5) team of fundraising. 6) team of the population - use of the notion of district to * divide the world population. * 7) Itinerant teams for the voting campaign 8) webteam 9) team of daily information 10) Computer team 11) team of contact-medias 12) team of the international language (if one is chosen) 13) Forum of facilitation of * media celebrations * 14) team of relationship with the politicians 15) team of resources for the participants to the construction of the WP 16) team of translators 17) team of creation of the citerrestrial embassies 18) team in charge of relationships with NGOs 19) *organic* team - which simulates the different WP bodies, so that the WP can be operative the D-day of its setting up 20) Coordination of the D Day for setting up the WP 21) team of maintenance of the established data bank 22) team of *buildings* (regarding the material aspect of the WP) 23) Moving team (transportation) 24) team of accommodations

World Democracy

For many participants, the issue of a WP is directly linked to that of global or world democracy. One way to think about world democracy might be through the following approaches, relevant to communities of ideas.

The first is educational. Encourage public authorities, educators, parents and citizens to develop critical capacities and socially co-operative self-confidence of children from the time they start to learn a language and other communication skills and develop intensive and extensive * ad hoc * deliberative committees of citizens .

The second is communitarian . Encourage those organizations that are converging to gain more influence with the UN and other supranational authorities like the GPA (Global People's Assembly network).

The third is administrative. Encourage merging of ongoing developments of proposals for a World Parliament outside the UN

The fourth is national. Encourage national governments to develop consent, and as far as possible consensus, on national legislation and constitutional evolution to increase democratic governance (provisional representation, subsidiarity, sustainability, transparency, accountability, sociocratic networking etc.) locally, nationally and regionally.

The fifth multilateral. Encourage world citizens and national policy makers to develop such democratizing changes multilaterally.


As we near the end of the forum, these were some of the proposals that will allow us to move more swiftly to the next stages of the preparatory process for the creation of a World Parliament.

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