That’s more or less what the Barcelona Consensus is trying to create calling it a world livable for all. The basic document of the Consensus called Declaration 1.0 starts with the very true words: “The current global situation is unacceptable: it is structurally violent, unjust and unsustainable. We are living through one of the most decisive periods in the history of humankind, both in terms of gravity and scope. A crisis of consciousness and responsibility underlies our current predicament. Most current leaders have shown neither the ability nor the willingness to radically renew the existing economic or decision-making structures. Nor have they adopted the values needed to drive a transformation.”
Now, how is the Consensus trying to change that? It offers itself as an alternative to the Washington Consensus a place very a few people in the North decide for the whole world. On the contrary, the Barcelona Consensus has been elaborated by a large group of people from all over the planet – with high attention to gender- and georegional balance.
The main ideas for change of the Barcelona Consensus are to include everyone in the change towards a world livable for all: by signing the Barcelona Consensus Commitment one can be part of a movement towards:
- A participatory and deliberative democracy
- Environmental sustainability
- A social, equitable and sustainable economy
- A non-speculative financial system
- A society of shared knowledge and democratic communication
- A world beyond war and violence
- A democratic world governance
People around the planet are starting to organize in so-called transition circles where they work on one or more of the above goals on a local scale – if change doesn’t come from above, it must come from below. Furthermore, Barcelona Consensus guides the shared work on an ACT! (Action for a Common Transformation), one activity carried out around the planet by different NGOs, social movements and organisations to move closer to that world we want. This year’s ACT! is Jan Satyagraha – the largest non-violent march the world has ever seen.
Join Barcelona Consensus on their homepage: Barcelonaconsensus.org.
Watch this video from the World Social Forum in Dakar to learn more: