Being a Planetary Citizen – at One within the All

Planetary Citizens

The introduction of this concept of planetary 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 and Martha Keys and Rene Wadlow were members and represented the World Federalist Movement at the UN. Gordon Feller was Executive Director of Planetary Citizens during that period, as information about the old cadre continues to come forward. It’s been dormant, and still is, other than our tribute here.

Over the years I’ve written much about collaboration and cooperation to create a better world, one of harmony among people and planet. In June of 2010, I was reviewing Khigh’s World Citizen Proclamation and wondered how I might forward this effort still. Khigh passed in 1992, and was a friend and mentor. The thought came to mind, “I wonder if the domain ‘planetarycitizens’ was available. I honestly didn’t think it would be. The .net domain was available. The first edition of PlanetaryCitizens.net appeared on the web shortly thereafter.

The basics of the concept of becoming a Planetary Citizen are displayed below. I hope it serves us well for we are all Planetary Citizens looking for ways to make a better world now. We are in a most critical and trying time globally. How we recognize our capacity for change and embrace it, along with the methods to do so, will determine our continued climb toward a Type 1 Civilization. Our world has changed in 2020 and would might have been perfect vision has been clouded by calamity, presenting challenges and opportunities to emerge in a better place.

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. The events of 2020 have repositioned our economy, workforce and way of life. New virtual networks are surfacing, with people of passion and purpose gathering to do good and having the skill sets to actual do it.

The Time is NOW

Right now we’re in the process of a ‘great reset’ that is unmistakable in its global implications. On the contrary, the ‘great awakening’ foretold for millennia is also in process. Schwab asks, “Can we be caring and compassionate toward each other coming out of Covid?” At the same time, we’re being forced to accept vaccinations against a yet to be proven disease. Koch’s Postulates haven’t been proven, so essentially the fallacious narrative is being exposed.

Schwab also comments about business’ need for agility and responsiveness to the market in new ways. The old ways won’t work anymore. So why is the current understanding of the NWO so contrary in its ideals, a new façade for the Old World Order of Profit over People and Planet with no regard for human life? Do you believe that to be true? Beyond the narrative that has a global population scared of each other and unable to gather to even talk about it in-person, for the most part, the virtual environment had burgeoned with activity.

We’re faced with the obvious reality that are systems either are or have failed to guide and nurture humanity to a better order. Is there a way to change what seems to be a Profit over People and Planet agenda to a People and Planet over Profit one? Perhaps what Schwab and others are calling a great reset can actually be a great awakening the resets the order of how our systems across the globe work to support life and not damage it. Regenerative design is an emergent technology and uses whole systems thinking to create resilient and equitable systems that integrate the needs of society with the integrity of nature.

Imagine a new crowd-sourced planetary management that doesn’t fight the existing systems. It simply replaces what isn’t working because it works better and people have access to what they need through a better managed distribution system designed by holistic  and regenerative systems experts.


Vision:

A truly empowered egalitarian, purely democratic and caring community, at all levels, managing the essential infrastructure for regenerative culture, 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. We met through Obadiah Harris in the mid-80s and he was one of the first guests on One World, a TV show I hosted in the early 90s. A couple of weeks after his passing I found myself conversing with him during a meditation on a Tuesday morning around 10 am, then apologized for interrupting his appointed duties on the other side.

A deep and resounding voice instantly came forth saying, “There are many worlds!” The ‘s’ was elongated, sounding like a ‘z,’ and simultaneously the cement slab and block guest house I was living in shook like an aftershock from an earthquake, just for an instant. Two days later a local paper reported the FAA announced a sonic boom because of so many calls at that same time, Tuesday around 10 am. The article also stated that two Air Force bases and Sky Harbor Airport could not identify its source, though. Indeed, there are many worlds merging now. The ancient texts of many cultures all foretell this shift in consciousness on a planetary scale.

When we step back, look at the resources we actually have, 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? A new agenda is surfacing: People and Planet over Profit.

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? Aren’t we evolved enough to recognize the need to learn how to work together? We cannot think our way through a system built on vibration. We have to feel our way through it, which means we can find common sense and resonance with the forgiveness of the past and refocus on the present.

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. Now the trend is toward creating regenerative cultures across communities and industries, with change management processes that engage participation instead of impose rules and regulations.

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?

Harmony among people and planet. Dossey’s One Mind illustrates our capacity for change, inclusion and understanding. 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.

Regenerative Communities and Culture

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. Daniel Wahl’s Designing Regenerative Cultures presents considerations for redesigning our future with the important aspects of sustainable living.

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. 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.

What’s Next?

We cite evidence of the need and solutions available from world servers throughout academiaeconomic restructuringorganizational developmentnew social architecture, regenerative design, scientific discovery, and technological advances that appear to be pointing toward an emerging order from the chaos of our ignorance. Keep in mind the real apocalypse is an uncovering of new information, or perhaps old information we’ve forgotten that brings us closer.

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. Chaos in communities around the globe continues to plague forward momentum and no doubt will result in some pretty ugly situations over the next few years (as of 2021). How we self-organize and address the needs so that everyone is served with honesty, integrity and truth is our obvious next step.

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.

Now in 2021, many new groups have surfaced across the web, providing education, inspiration and some structure for organization. One of those recent developments is the Global Regeneration CoLab. Professionals with expertise, skillsets, talent and a willingness to collaborate for change are the core of the group. Another option might be to attend the Re:Build Gathering for Building Regenerative Futures in Portugal in September. The Institute for Evolutionary Leadership also has opportunities to learn and grow through conversation and sharing with thought leaders in systems transformation.

The self-initiating theme that runs through the present Planetary Citizens offers the challenges Dee Hock faced as he led the chaordic management movement. His reference to leadership came from a 400-year old Scottish dictionary, “To go before and show the way.” Many are leaping into new ways to make the world better by serving the needs of our citizenry and our planet. Will you be one of them?

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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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    2. A lifetime ago, after the 1979 World Symposium on Humanity, I drifted back east and found Donald Keys in NYC. We worked on the Planetary Initiative for the World We Choose, which culminated around 1982-3, I think. Feeling a bit nostalgic for those times, I googled Planetary Citizens, and am delighted that it continues in a new incarnation.

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      1. I also went to the World Symposium on Humanity and also worked with The World We Choose, and I too ” Feeling a bit nostalgic for those times, I googled Planetary Citizens, and am delighted that it continues in a new incarnation.” email me at mattshoe@sbcglobal.net

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      2. I was involved with the original planetary citizens and some of us were involved with World Federalist Youth.

        Is this the same organization from the early 70’s, Planetary Citizen?

        We also published a newspaper called Planetary Citizen.

        Is anyone else out there from almost t0 years ago?

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        1. Hi Ted,

          The only person I’ve been in touch with is Rene Wadlow, who reached out back in 2018. I’ve been remiss in attention here and just noticed Gordon Feller’s information, and have reached out to him on LinkedIn. Please connect with me there – https://linkedin.com/in/zenbenefiel

          Thanks in advance.

          Lead with Vision,
          Zen

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  2. Am loving this website. Please note that the PC format is like a definition of Alice A. Bailey’s New Group Of World Servers and it’s organizational over title “World Goodwill.
    The Lucis Trust has been advancing Alice A. Bailey’s voluminous works that are quite timeless since they were written in the twenties, thirties, forties and beyond.
    Add that the PC format is structurally similar to the group Antifa and , by George, you’ve got something.
    Even though the Alice A. Bailey teachings are extremely advanced they can also be extremely abstruse. But, in my humble opinion, they are so far out they’re in.
    As a voluntary member of the structureless nonhierarchical New Group Of World servers and a Triangles member from the Seventies and a deeply respectful student of Alice A. Bailey and a devoted Nyingma Buddhist practitioner, I wave to you from a similar passing train, metaphorically.
    “Live Long And Prosper”.🐰

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  3. You might like to look over my Global Education Book… (I have all chapters in pdfs on this webpage) or if you like to see the very nicely formatted printed book – its reasonably priced…

    https://www.educationforworldsolutions.org/Global-Education/

    Also of course see my website educationfor…

    I was in PC back in late 70s and met Donald a few times when he came to Cal stayed with his sister, and I had a group in Santa Rosa and was at the regional conf whener that was (cant remember dates)

    –Matthew Martin

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