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Planetary Citizens

The introduction of this concept of citizenry came a long time ago, perhaps in the 1950s, with its first appearance in the Planetary Citizens Advisory Council in the early 1970s. Don Keys and Rene Wadlow were members and represented the World Federalist Movement at the UN.

Over the years I’ve written much about collaboration and cooperation to create a better world, one of harmony among people and planet. A few years ago I was in a moment of contemplation when a thought came to mind, “I wonder if the domain ‘planetarycitizens’ was available.

My first response was that it probably wasn’t, since it seemed like it would be such a popular domain. I looked anyway, just in case. Sure enough the prompting must’ve come from a part of me that was connected to the thoughtmosphere of infinite intelligence, aware of everything and dropping dimes to those who might be listening. PlanetaryCitizens.net was indeed available.

The .net platform was meant for community development in the scheme of domain extensions, so I was thrilled to get it. Originally in html before mobile-friendly requirements, changes were made recently for more user-friendly access. The basics of the concept are displayed below. I hope it serves us well for we are all Planetary Citizens looking for ways to make a better world now.

Our intention here is to support various initiatives, groups, organizations and people who are doing the work of creating sustainable people and planetary friendly activities, products and services. We certainly haven’t found everyone and everything, probably only scratched the surface, yet it is important to acknowledge that there is a growing population of planetary citizens.


Vision:

A truly empowered egalitarian, purely democratic and caring community, at all levels, managing the essential infrastructure for sustainable living and development of future technologies. A community that truly presents collaborative solutions for any and all dysfunctional systems that have ruled humanity to date, resulting in the demonstration of harmony among people and planet. (ISO 26000 Social Responsibility Standards apply)

How do we create value in the 21st Century? How do we create bridges for a holistic systems approach to planetary administration and merge diversity effectively? Whether we fear or welcome it, there is a ‘new world order’ that is emerging. How do we, as planetary citizens, make sure that the momentum takes us toward living as ONE – one people, one planet, one time?

Please take a moment and watch the video below, a timely message from one of the original actor/activists for human beings – Khigh Dhiegh, PhD. I had the honor of knowing him. Stepping out of the patterns and overcoming the pressures of global business concerns can best be exampled by what President Chavez of Venezuela did for his country, in spite of the news to the contrary.

It all seems to make perfect sense when we realize that there are enough resources to feed, clothe, house and provide health care for everyone. We’ve placed the economics of war over human life, though, and that mindset has to change soon or we’ll self-destruct. Even with those supposedly working for ‘good’… are they more interested in sharing or selling you something?

The truly confusing piece of information is that we spend more money on corporate and military functions than, if redirected, would provide more than enough funds to feed, clothe, house and care for practically everyone. Of course those are statistics, but what if they are true?

Donald Keys, speech writer for U Thant in the 60s, coined the phrase Planetary Citizen on the way to creating The New World Alliance.

From Donald Keys circa 1982… “To cross over the threshold and enter into a world of new and exciting promise requires us to fulfill the tasks immediately before us: first, to become aware; second, to accept responsibility for the human situation; third, to acquire skills; and fourth, to act wisely and well, consciously and continuously on behalf of… a better future for humanity.”

The drive for transparency provides a compelling opportunity to self-organize as a Planetary Society and to explore a common desire; harmony among people and planet as a goal for planetary citizens. We’ve reached a time where possibility can become reality. Defining a timeline is less important than education and understanding; making sense common allows better resource management in the shared responsibility, shared benefits and shared values.

From Dr. Edgar Mitchell, sixth man on the moon…”No man I know of has gone to the moon that has not been affected in some way that is similar. It is what I prefer to call instant global consciousness. Each man comes back with a feeling he is no longer only an American citizen; he is a planetary citizen. He doesn’t like the way things are and he wants to improve them. It is a universal feeling among the astronauts.”

It is time we made sense common together. PC’s vision is to rally support and showcase those who are playing fair. Foreward: how – Why HOW We Do Anything Means Everything: “Our mission must be to create a global community of shared responsibilitiesshared benefits, and shared values. The new focus will require all of us to think about the how, and to find new ways to take action to solve the global issues that none of us can tackle alone.”   That title speaks to this moment and our lives. How do we create value in the 21st Century?

planetary citizens - collective evolutionHarmony among people and planet. The drive for transparency provides a compelling opportunity to self-organize as a Planetary Society and to explore a common desire; harmony among people and planet as a goal for planetary citizens. We’ve reached a time where possibly can become reality. Defining a timeline is less important than education and understanding; making sense common allows better resource management in the shared responsibility, shared benefits and shared values.

Consideration and compassion grow as we each embrace the challenge to change personally, professionally and politically. Chaos to order is a natural pattern, each fractal naturally resolving into the whole, a holistic system by design. Unresolved unspoken and unfulfilled expectations, our natural desire to merge with something greater, offers the structural tension to move us forward toward positive change.

PlanetaryCitizens.net’s mission is to create, expose and nurture positive change in the world. We hope to give you pertinent information and relevant facts in the process. Donald Keys, speech writer for U Thant in the 60s, coined the phrase Planetary Citizen on the way to creating the historical New World Alliance, now apparently defunct, but Rene’s work carries on with Association of World Citizens.

The Occupy Movement, a global announcement of dissastisfaction in leadership and a call for change, could be seen as a call for planetary citizens. Numerous groups and organizations are adopting the 12-sector model, illustrated here, as a means toward self-organization. …and indeed, “What Would Google Do?” is worth consideration. Of course, one of the original harbingers of the need for change was the 1992 World Scientists’ Warning to Humanity.

Our plan is to showcase people, places and things that are contributing to the process of establishing a new world order of harmony among people and planet. Past efforts and future endeavors culminate in collaborative action. Planetary citizens understand the term ‘new world order‘ has mixed emotional perspectives. Our world needs a new order. Our future is malleable and unknown even with the best predictive software. Planning for a worst-case scenario may be wise, but looking for patterns that reveal a natural self-organization may help even more.

Contrary to one of the major competing thoughtforms a ‘new world order‘ does not mean the continuation of the status quo and control of the world economy by the corporatocracy, although one necessarily leads to the other over time as self-organizing fractals evolve. A true ‘new world order‘ is emerging as humanity peers into the depths of what keeps us afraid, angry, ignorant and immobile and transcends all such notions.

The late Khigh Dhiegh, PhD. offers his version of the Planetary Citizen pledge in encouragement to us all. The Shift Movement’s Wheel of Co-Creation is just one example of engaging systemic change in a holistic fashion as does the focus of the Thrive Movement.

Our PlaneteryCitizens.net executive summary invites participation with phenomenal results upon execution. It is a brilliant and timely solution to self-organization through showcasing people, places and things aligned with the new global ethic of planetary citizenship. Fill out this form and we’ll send you an NDA prior to sharing our Executive Summary. Our model is an example of the shift from Ego to WEgo, an evo-leap in behavior empowered by the challenge to change from selfishness to selflessness.

We intend to align with the newly released ISO 26000 Social Responsibility Standards and encourage their wide-spread use in 21st Century business practices. Harmony among people and planet is the successful negotiation and transcendence of the chaos we’re experiencing into a new world order of accountability and responsibility toward human and planetary needs for sustainability.

Like  The Universal AllianceThe Shift NetworkThrive and Zeigeist Movements focus on shifts in sustainability and life-enhancing technology development with their deployment of social architecture, Planetary Citizens reach out to create threads of collaboration, cooperation and unification. Showcasing results and engaging discussion will further the attention on achievements and future possibilities. The adoption and use of the 12-around-1 model is also found in IONSHUB and Evolve.

We cite evidence of the need and solutions available from world servers throughout academiaeconomic restructuringorganizational developmentnew social architecturescientific discovery, and technological advances that appear to be pointing toward an emerging order from the chaos of our ignorance. We consider humanity has reached this state of affairs through the best efforts of our leadership, however ineffective. We honor those who came before us, but we have reached a time for new focus and work ethic that matches our desire for change.

There has been a lack of consideration of the long-term effects of poor resource management and lack of sustainability. We have not learned the laws of nature. Change is inevitable; we can engage it through a collaborative response. how – Why HOW We Do Anything Means Everything is an excellent book that offers rationale for a revival of righteousness in the sense of transparency. A promo for a television show decades ago has a similar message, but Who? unfortunately didn’t get much traction then – advertisers didn’t see the value.

We have a challenge to change – a shift from prior behaviors. Our existing systems need a reboot, a refreshing of focus toward life-friendly notions that move us beyond liabilities, limitations and excuses. The Valley of the Sun Chapter of the American Society for Training and Development presented their annual conference in 2010 with the theme: “The Shift: Challenge to Change – removing liabilities, limitation and excuses in the workplace.” If the training and development world are sharing the message, our world is about to change dramatically from the subtle shifts in behavior. A new attitude of gratitude and understanding emerges.

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  1. Oh, bringing sweet memories back of Planetary Citizens. – It was in May 1980 when I met Donald Keys in London during the ‘Mind Body Spirit Festival’. It so happened that we had time to talk a few things over. I shared with him that I noticed two interesting groups presenting themselves with a booth. One was a ‘Humanity Week’, and one a worldwide Celebration Day (forgot that one). I told him that I see a combination of the two, where local events would be organized on certain issues (for every weekday another focus) to find, share and work collectively on the newest developments. This would then culminate in a planetary event at one place, where the best results would be shared and publicized. If there was more time given, the last one could build up from local to regional to national and to continental events.
    – See here, end of 1980 at the ‘Stony Point Conference’, a similar scenario was initiated, mainly by groups around Findhorn and their networks. We built up (I moved meanwhile to Amsterdam) locally and had a national Event in the Kosmos in April 1983 and a continental one in May. I missed the worldwide PI day in Toronto. – Fast forward to 2018. Barbara Marx Hubbard has initiated a group I take part with called ‘Homo Universalis – Awakening the New Species’. As she is the originator of the 12 around 1 model that is presented here at this website too, I can see an unexpected match with the Planetary Initiative of 35 years ago. We will keep you posted.

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    1. I did not miss the PI day and it had a profound effect on my life. I developed the VIsion CHanger Project, Named Earth Day in Canada, participated in naming world Water Day, and now we are working on the UN Office of the Future, using the ISO 26000 and UNDRIP and the 1% solution.

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