We’ve lived so long under the spell of hierarchy—from god-kings to feudal lords to party bosses—that only recently have we awakened to see not only that “regular” citizens have the capacity for self-governance, but that without their engagement our huge global crises cannot be addressed. The changes needed for human society simply to survive, let alone thrive, are so profound that the only way we will move toward them is if we ourselves, regular citizens, feel meaningful ownership of solutions through direct engagement. Our problems are too big, interrelated, and pervasive to yield to directives from on high.
—Frances Moore Lappé, excerpt from Time for Progressives to Grow Up
Friday, July 22, 2011
A World to Win Summer School Wales 2011 – People’s assemblies and reconstructing the state
This appears to be a British born and based website and political organization that is attempting to bring together all the current popular resistance movements across the world. Such an organization could act as a forum for the development of new societies based on real democracy, social justice, and living in harmony with the Earth's ecology. There are lots of interesting articles here--I have chosen this one as an illustration. After reading this article, you may want to explore the website and read other articles they have.
By presenting this article, I am neither endorsing or opposing them. I really don't know much about them. Remember, we must always be alert for well-funded and directed, phony grassroots organizations who say the right things but are designed to subvert any real forms of democracy.