I've been thinking a bit about whether a section of the Vision statement could perhaps be improved. So here are my draft suggestions for discussion re the key values. I've uniformly called them 'ideas' and tried to make them a little clearer or more exact without becoming too specific. They have thus become a little longer. I see the dilemma as: too general and they become often meaningless 'motherhood' statements, too many details and people will start disagreeing more... I've also added an additional point for discussion: Non-Violence. No doubt there's room for more improvements...
The present list is in quotes at the top, my suggestions for discussion in bullet points below:
"Social Justice: The view that everyone deserves equal economic, political and social rights and opportunities.
Ecological Sustainability: The capacity of the biosphere to meet the needs of the present generation, without hindering future generations from being able to meet their needs.
Participatory Democracy: The idea that decision-making systems should be designed to maximize inclusive participation, which forms the roots of democracy.
International Solidarity: Recognizing and strengthening the common bond of all individuals seeking a better world, in turn strengthening the results."
We are seeking 'another world' of social justice, ecological sustainability, participatory democracy, international solidarity and non-violence.
• Social Justice: the idea that all are entitled to equal economic, political and social rights with a view to decreasing social inequalities within and between nations by democratizing economic decision-making and equalizing access to resources needed for survival and a good life; this now includes no one living beyond their ecologically sustainable ‘fair earth share’ of material inputs and outputs
• Ecological Sustainability: the idea that all economic and social activities should be conducted within the constraints imposed by the ecological carrying capacities of local, regional, national and global ecosystems so that these can be indefinitely maintained or improved into the far future
• Participatory democracy: the idea that freedom and forms of direct democracy should be maximized and extended to public decision-making in all areas of society and the economy so that the people themselves make the rules and call the shots
• International solidarity: the idea that we all now belong to one planet and people, and that regions and nations must now engage in more intense levels of global dialogue, cultural interchange, cooperation, mutual aid and wealth equalization with a view to securing global peace, social justice, well-being and ecological survival
• Non-Violence: the idea that, although one may understand oppressed people sometimes having to take up arms to defend themselves from lethal attacks, deep social change towards a non-violent society of maximized democracy, cooperation, justice and dialogue cannot be achieved by using the inherently oppressive, undemocratic and non-dialogic means of violence