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World (Brand Charter) 2050 : Communal Action Wishlist (yunus book page 213)
Today’s rapid pace of change makes it crucial that we, as individual citizens, have a clear idea as to where we want our world to go. If we hope to find and stay on the right course, we must agree on the basic features of the world we want to create. And we must think big, as big as we dare imagine- lest we waste the unprecedented opportunities that the world is offering us. Let us dream the wildest possible dreams and then pursue them. Here is my wish list for the world I would like to see emerge by 2050. How many of these dreams do you share?
Poverty will be gone. Every country will have its poverty museum, and the global poverty museum will be located in the last country to eradicate poverty completely
All people will be global citizens of equal status.
War will be obsolete; Nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction will have been eliminated.
So called incurable diseases from cancer to AIDS, will have been eradicated. Disease will be a rare phenomenon subject to immediate treatment. High quality healthcare will be available to everyone, and both infant mortality and maternal mortality will be things of the past.
A first rate global education system will be available to all from anywhere in the world. All children will experience the excitement of learning, and will grow up as caring individuals dedicated to the wellbeing of others as well as themselves.
Each person will have the full opportunity to explore the limits of his or her potential, regardless of gender, race, nationality, religion or family heritage. People from all nations and backgrounds will have a fair chance to participate in te great adventures of te human species and to expand the horizons oh human knowledge and creativity.
A global government will resolve conflicts between nations and regions, secure the quality of life of all people, and ensure the environment is protected.
The political system will allow every citizen of the world to participate in collective decision-making while minimising interference by the state in individual activities.
The global economic system will encourage individuals, businesses and institutions to share their prosperity and participate actively in bringing prosperity to others, making income inequality an irrelevant issue. “unemployment” and "welfare” will be unheard of.
All people will be committed to maintaining a sustainable lifestyle. Sun, water and wind will be the main sources of power.
Humans will be able to forecast earthquakes, tsunamis, cyclones and other natural disasters precisely, and in time to minimise damage and loss of life
Free wireless connections will facilitate communication among peoples anywhere in the world. Language barriers will be eliminated on the internet etc through simultaneous translation software
There will be no discrimination of any kind, whether based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, political belief, language, culture or any other factor
All cultures, ethnic groups and religions will flourish to their full beauty and creativity, contributing to the magnificent unified orchestra of human society.
XXX The process of imagining a future world of our liking is a major missing element in our educational system. We don’t prepare out students to think as individuals about what kind of world they would like to create Each student could explain to the class why he wants the things he wants. Other students may endorse his ideas, offer better alternatives or challenge him. Then the students will go n to discuss how to create the better world they imagine, what they can do to make it happen, what the barriers are, and how partnerships and organsizations can be created to promote the goal. The course would be fun, and more important, it would be a great preparation for an exciting journey
Poverty & Democracy 2.0 p187
It’s most important impact may be on the political realm – since the elimination of global poverty can never truly evolve until the poor take their rightful place as fully empowered citizens of free societies.
Unfortunately, the political process in many countries has been very frustrating to say the least. Investing huge sums of money to buy government offices, manipulating the media to create false images of candidates, and dirty tricks designed to smear opponents or even steal elections have become all too common. In some countries, units of the armed forces or private militias have seized control of the mechanisms of government. All too often “people power” http://peoplepower.jp/ seems to have disappeared from politics replaced my money power, muscle power or even firepower.
We see these troubles with democracy in some of the world’s largest countries including USA and Russia. Similar problems exist in Bangladesh, where political corruption, distortion of the very purpose of governance, and self-dealing have been rampant.
As a result of the problems with democracy, people around the world are losing faith in the political process. Young people especially have been turning apolitical, rejecting a system they regard as hopelessly compromised. In this climate, politicians feel driven to consolidate their power by stoking hatred between citizens, ethnic groups. Religions and nations. When citizens are forced to confront their own governments in an antagonistic way or must struggle to surmount needless barriers built by the state just to live productive lives, then neither freedom nor enterprise can flourish.
Yet democracy is the best political framework we have to unleash the creative energy of the people, particularly the young. Today, the new IT offers a powerful tool in support of real democracy. Information s power. This is why governments that seek to rule over people instead of serve them are so eager to maintain their control over information. By making such centralized control far more difficult , the new IT, especially the internet, creates enormous obstacles for would-be tyrants.
Thanks to the internet, a single individual can now speak to the whole world without the control f any intermediary. This makes IT a powerful amplifier of the voices of the people, especially minority groups, the poor, and the geographically isolated. It also reduces the costs in time, energy and money of communicating with a large number of people.
IT can give voice to the voiceless, eyes to the politically blind, ears to the politically deaf. It is a reason why governments, businesses, NGOs and ordinary citizens need to join forces to make sure that the power of technology is put within reach of everyone in the world –including the poorest among us, who need its help the most
the more those who understand micrcredit's 30 year social business revolution can protect microcredit from not being misapplied anywhere in the world the more yunus can move over to his new job of leading internetwork for the poor from the bottom billion while gates leads the same innovation from the top billion- whether you use the C-word (capitalism) or the D-word (democracy) they are both the same social action stage and both requite turning media, education and professions' syststems other way up imo
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