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Introductory document for the topic 6 - Next steps for actually creating the WP
Rob WHEELER WP21 team
Saturday, 12 April 2003

Dear Friends,

We come now to the last month of this first phase of the e-Forum on creating a World Parliament and strengthening and democratizing global governance. This month's topic will focus on what are the next steps that we could take for actually creating the WP.

It has been a busy time of late for the WP21 Facilitation Team, as we have just drafted and submitted a major grant application to the Ford Foundation for this project. We also intend to apply to a number of other foundations. In addition, I have recently talked with some of the leaders of the Assembly of the UN of the Peoples (Perugia, Italy), EarthAction Network, and the Ubuntu Forum of Civil Society Networks (Josep Xercavins, who some of you may remember from the Alliance's Lille Assembly). All of these folks expressed an interest in working cooperatively with us in the future.

We want to mention the project areas that we are have thought could be most productive and ask for your response in terms of what we can do next to actually create the World Parliament. We have had many ideas shared on the list serve, so those are certainly ideas that could be included and that we could start working on, such as an artists committee, a group that can work on translation and communications, activities to ensure that our existing systems of global governance are respected and enforced, and effective processes for our on-going discussions.

We want to continue with the e-Forum through the summer months; however we will not be able to continue to do the translations by ourselves; thus we have two ideas. The first is that we could separate the WP21 list into several groupings according to language types. Thus we would have one list for English speakers, one for Spanish, and a third for French. Then periodically we could draft summaries (as we have been doing) and translate them into the other two languages so that we would all know what is being discussed by the other groups. Participants would be welcomed to subscribe to more than one list, and lists in other languages could be open if there are volunteers for doing abstracts and translate them to and from one of the 3 current languages

The other possibility would be to stay as one group and focus much more specifically on one issue or matter at a time; however in this case we would need also volunteers to help us do the translations. We would need at least one person to translate between any two sets of the languages. Is there anyone that would like to help with this; or would you just as soon use separate lists for now? We do hope to continue once again with the type of format and process that we have been using if we receive sufficient funding; however we do want to focus more specifically on particular topics.

I am including brief descriptions of the project areas below, that we have thought could help us to establish the world parliament and that we are interested in working on. Please think about how we might best proceed with either these project areas or with other steps that you think could move us forward. We look forward to receiving your responses.

Finally, if any of you would be willing to help us develop proposals and apply for grants, or to carry out other fundraising activities, would you please let us know.

Rob Wheeler WP21 Team

Primary Project Areas

The wp21 process can include, during the coming year, the interconnected areas of research, promotion, collective deliberation and self-development of this idea. The aim of this multiple approach is to reach and involve the different strata and sensibilities of the whole world society (institutions, civil society, whole common citizenship.). We want to do this, on one hand, by informing people about the need for world democracy and a WP at both the scientific and popular levels, and on the other, by starting putting it in practice through participatory and deliberative processes:

1) Research activities

Publish a Report and Analysis on the WP21 e-Forum process. Collect information about what other organizations concerned with WP and global institutional reforms are doing. Collect and articulate information about proposals on substantive and issue areas (such as education, poverty, environment, peace)

2) Prepare promotional material and common tools

Develop different kinds of promotional materials inspired by the research advances, create a modular media kit. Develop in a web based common structure: a) a common space - newsletter (also to be distributed in physical format), web promotional general and specific media-oriented materials. - b) mail and web based lists, still to determine if to be developed either by languages (and regions), topics (and specific debates), and simplified larger global discussions connected with non-virtual promotional activities (like to answer * how in practice can world democracy be peacefully achieved as quickly as possible? *), c) interactive data bank, including articles and books - references and whole contents - on world democracy, module-based proposals of projects for substantive basic needs, and the international registry, and establishing the pertinent links between registered people, articles, proposals, etc in order to make easier the consultation of the public available data.

3) Promotional activities

Give presentations and workshops about the World Parliament initiative around the world in different conferences and meetings.

Prepare to present our Campaign for a World Parliament and transition to global democracy at the World Social Forum in Mumbai, India next January. Encourage different social actors (students, journalists, activists, citizens in general, etc.) to use the different tools (lists, interactive data bank.)

4) Setting up deliberative processes

Establish a Network of Local and Regional Peoples Assemblies addressing the linkages between local and global issue areas; do popular consultations for decide on the structure and processes for the Parliament and register the participants. Agree on a plan for the preparatory process and prepare to hold a Constituting Assembly for the WP within a number of years. In regard of the substantive issue areas or basic needs, establish deliberative systems through the lists in order to develop and improve the projects and legislative initiatives and their subsequent actions to be done.

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