During November 11th and 12th, 2013, were held the conferences “Building a Global Citizens Movement” in Johannesburg (South Africa). The conferences were organized by DEEEP, CIVICUS and GCAP, being part of the Civil Society Week (November 8th to 15th), which brought together over 200 activists from around the world (see list here). Between those activist, it was included the presence of the Education for Life NGO President, Javier Collado.
Kumi Naidoo (Greenpeace International), Javier Collado and Feliciano Reyna (Acción Solidaria en VIH/Sida)
The main objetives were the following ones:
a. Vision: Exchange, and possibly agree, on a joint narrative of the world we want, and the world we don’t want; b. Linking: Establish and reinforce cross-continental networks towards a global movement of citizens for change; c. Learning: share approaches and practices on emancipatory campaigning and learning.
After several intercultural dialogues with different multireferential perspectives, laid the groundwork for the Johannesburg Declaration. This declaration should outline:
- The utopia we have for a different world society (vision)
- How we have to learn differently from each other and together with the people to make this happen (learning)
- How we think a global movement towards enhancing this vision could emerge (linking).
The core of the Declaration process is therefore an outline of how we see our unique role and the connection between activism and learning, between education and civil society, between local learning and global action (and vice-versa).
The declaration will serve as a reference paper for the two year process of building a global citizens’ movement, internally with the organizations and people involved and also externally with a wider audience and stakeholders.
To build our community and trust in the process, we believe that it is important that we are clear about the values and principles that we propose. These should guide this process: global balance, inclusive process, general consensus, transparency, vision emerging from participant input, experimental practice, reflective practice.
In addition, during the course of the conference, Javier Collado had the opportunity to present vision of the future in a side event, entitled: “Worldlogy: A New Transhumanist, Transcultural and Transpolitical Vision to Interconnect Global Citizenship“.