THE GLOCALIST MOVEMENT
This document explains the broad and basic views of glocalism by going through glocalisms views on the world, the individual, society, our institutions, technology and economy. The document also explains the open, democratic and transparent nature of glocalism.
WHAT IS GLOCALISM?
Glocalism is rooted in the local and the global, it is also from these words that the name comes. Glocalism is mainly about thinking globally; to see oneself, one's actions and one’s surroundings as part of something bigger, as part of the global community. But while Glocalism is about thinking globally so it is also about acting locally; thus providing oneself with goods, products and energy from locally available sources and natural resources.
Glocalism is also about moving as much as possible of the political power to the local level while maintaining a global perspective. It is about building on the sense of community that you feel with the people in your local area, for you to feel the same community with every person on earth. It is about creating a culture where we share what we have with the people around us and a society where everyone has equal opportunities to live out their full potential and to live a happy and rewarding life.
GLOCALISTS VIEW OF THE WORLD
Glocalism sees the world as one entity and all the people in the world as part of this entity. Therefore no constellations of people or organizations are external to or stands outside of the global community.
The world has entered an era of mobility where networking, trade, exchanges and relationships have transcended national borders and physical barriers. This in turn is creating a more connected world where ideas, and people move freely and we live in and identify with more than one geographical place. In this society the concept of regions and regional collaboration based on resources and needs trumps the old concept of nations formed purely by historical events.
In this world, where physical distances can barely be considered a barrier, we also break down barriers between people creating a better understanding of other cultures, backgrounds and identities through communication over borders and over continents.
The world is full of resources but limited in its ability to provide them in abundance as we have learned the hard way. Glocalism therefore argues that we may use the resources of our planet but only to an extent where it can be considered sustainable.
In order for us to be able to live sustainably we need to learn to harness and live of the resources available to us in our local vicinity. We cannot mass produce food on one continent simply to send it to the rest of the world. We have to find ways to make resources available in the region where they are to be used and consumed. Instead of letting our current clusters of people decide the flow of resources we have to let the available resources guide the flow of people and create new natural clusters.
GLOCALISTS VIEW OF THE INDIVIDUAL
Glocalism see us all as local actors, but also as a part of the global community which means that we must take the global perspective into account in our everyday lives.
Glocalism firmly believes that the differences between people makes us stronger as a whole and that that the strongest communities are those with mixed cultures and ideas.
We are aware that glocalism must not act to defend the local from global influences, but multiculturalism and influences from other cultures and areas must be welcome.
We are aware that the end of nationalism must not mean the end of territorial ethnic or cultural identities. Cultural, religious and ethnic differences is encouraged in a glocal society.
People are constantly changing and as people change our norms are meant to change and develop alongside us. Old and rigid structures and norms are quickly becoming obsolete now in a world where people meet and exchange experiences, cultures and personalities at a daily basis.
Glocalism sees human rights as international constitutions that cannot be negotiated away and from which deviation or violation should never be allowed. Human rights are thus above all other constitutions and may never be overwritten by any other law.
Glocalism puts the right to exist above the rights of opinion and expression in accordance with the logic: “a person can exist without speaking, but a person cannot speak without existing.” When one right is dependent on the other as in this case it must be the most fundamental of the two rights that is prioritised. Opinions that denies other people's right to exist, such as racism, fascism and Nazism, should not be allowed to form organisations or partake in democratic elections simply because they themselves are not democratic.
GLOCALISTS VIEW ON SOCIETY
Nature is the template for the glocalist society in everything from circular economy to how communities naturally form. Nature exists in balance with itself and is therefore sustainable and the best blueprint when designing our society.
A Glocalist society is a sustainable society: socially, economically and ecologically.
The purpose of our society is to let everyone live a fulfilling and happy life. The only way to achieve that is by giving everyone equal opportunities.
The world has entered a new era, an era where knowledge, education and social capital is where the real value is. The glocal society will therefore see a shift in focus.
We know that a glocalist society is inevitable and that it is the next step in our society's development. Many things has played in to make it so but one can summarise it by saying that glocalism is what comes naturally as a result of us opening the door to globalisation and then realising that the earth's natural resources are finite and that we need to be more local in our use of said resources.
The world is constantly changing and that the structures of our society must keep up with the developments. Old and rigid structures, such as nations and states, are no longer relevant in a world that is constantly changing and that needs to adapt to new challenges and possibilities. New structures will take over that are better suited for our newfound mobility and that allows us to make contacts, exchange knowledge and cooperate with each other on both the local and the global level.
The crisis nations are currently undergoing is in a pig part due to their inability to adapt to the changes that are currently occurring. These problems cannot be solved as long as we cling to these old structures. Only through innovation of society’s structures and institutions can we achieve a solution and balance our politics and economy.
In order to have a functioning society we need to get rid of borders, citizenship and passports. Borders needs to be avoided since they hinder the mobility of people, culture, information and ideas. Citizenship is an old concept that is no longer needed as we more and more become citizens of the world rather than citizens of a nation. Passports mainly create bureaucratic problems and that hinders mobility and equal oppertunity.
aware that in the glocal society, the social movement, in the form of social media and our standards, to be the protagonist. This will have a major influence in the transformation of society and have an even greater role in the glocal society.
We are aware that social change is something that occurs gradually and that there are great changes taking place in society today and that will happen in the near future, not least in connection with the society becomes more glocal. We are also aware that there are shortcomings and risks of both a more global and more local society, but by being aware of these we can actively work to counter the negative aspects.
We are prepared to sacrifice our traditional relationships to the territory are to be ready for the huge influx of immigrants as a mass movement will bring.
We are ready to sacrifice our current local, regional and national structures. The structures we have today must change and adapt to meet the challenges of the demise of the nation-state and the introduction of a more glocal society will entail.
To thwart all power structures that oppress people based on their background or identity. Power structures based on such things as race, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and socioeconomic status must disappear as part of glocalism because glocalisms purpose is to create a society where everyone has the opportunity to live a happy and fulfilling life where they may start off as equal possible conditions.
GLOCALISTS VIEW ON POLITICAL INSTITUTIONS & PUBLIC SECTOR
We therefore call for a new form of global forum where the task will be to find solutions to protect the environment, peace and human rights in a glocal world. This forum will not be a global government, but rather a forum for discussion, compromise and common positions on global issues. Decisions shall be taken, and the solutions implemented and implemented at regional and local level, not at the global level.
To promote the new thinking, new parties, institutions and policy models that will be needed in the new glocal society. Because so many parts currently deployed at national level and should be moved to the local level, many new social features will be required.
To work for the people to have transparency, understanding and feel a closeness to the new organizations, institutions, social functions and structures of the glocal society.
To work for the strengthening glocal institutions like municipalities, regions and groups of small businesses and cooperatives to challenge the norm and the multinational corporations, nations and the major banks in order to promote a glocal, democratic and more equitable economy.
To promote coexistence between efficiency and democracy so that only glokaliserande of instutitioner and society can achieve.
To promote the new sub-national political geography that regional cooperation is already creating around the country through regional councils, regions and county partnerships.
To counteract the new levels of meta-national of the state that is emerging across the world, starting with the EU, since these directly goes against the local perspective is the purpose of glocalism. These structures are only global and part of globalism any of the information, decision-making and full democracy further away from the people.
We are aware that traditional political institutions: national, regional and local, will become obsolete and will have to be replaced with structures and institutions that are adapted to the glocal society.
Where regional communities can weave their interests and capabilities. We therefore call for the ability to work freely within the rich and dynamic structures of functional and territorial network, as the glocal world is preparing to offer.
We therefore call for the networks and institutions which are organized without nationalist influences. In time, even the dismantling of the nation-state.
GLOCALISTS VIEW ON ECONOMY
Glocalism see banks as one of society's major problems. Allowing the entire economy rest on a device such as banks is a problem in itself as it centralizes economic power to a few individuals and
Glocalism have an economic approach that is based on a combination between Circular Economy and Communal economy. This economic thinking is based on the natural development of society, economy and financial system that is happening now and in glocalisms ethical and ideological basis. A circular and shared economy is both decentralized, sustainable economically, socially and ecologically, and local in its design.
Open Source Appropriate Technology (OSAT) (technology chapter?)
Glocalism see that class differences will remain even after the actions have been taken to provide equal opportunities to live up to their potential and live a happy life. It is difficult to find a sustainable system where everyone is exactly the same, we need to allow the differences that exist in society. At the same time, we need a way to motivate people to humanity and society will continue to develop, and financial compensation is an established and effective way to create this carrot. Even in a society where we have moved away from the classic financial resources and classes that we have today,
Glocalism predicts that private ownership suggestively will expire. It will instead be replaced by concepts such as collective ownership, corporate ownership and renting of products and services. The collective ownership can be explained through concepts such as car sharing, where several people share a car, or shared premises owned by a housing association. Company ownership is best explained by pointing to the increase in the number of people who have a phone service or company that is also their private phone or car. Renting of products and services will take a fairly new form in the future, in that autonomous technology will emerge but also as part of the cirkulärs economy. When the self-driving cars become a matter of course, it will no longer be any need to own a car or even to share in the ownership of a car pool. Instead, it is logical the elaboration of all the cars is part of a joint car pool where everyone can just order a car when they need it. At the same time, we can through the circular economy see the need to also begin to rent such things as our electronics for it to be recycled in a better way. Most switches such as mobile phone every two years and to then avoid having to throw away the old cell phone on a sop-tipping, it would be the easier to simply lease the phone for two years, then return it so parts can be reused and recycled, and at the same time receive a new mobile.
The glocalist movement is open to introducing Block chain technology and alternative, decentralized currencies such as Bitcoin. This is a step in the process of decentralizing, democratizing and making the economy, the world's currencies and the economic power to everyone in the world.
As part of a working glokalistisk economy, we must abandon the current economic system that is based on scarcity and demand, and instead have an economy that is based on availability and resources and above all natural resources. Thus, we assume the resources actually available, rather than we assume what people want and thus create a sustainable economy that is based on realistic demands on supply and demand taken from what the reality actually have to offer in terms of resources.
We are aware that glocalism not mean that the global standing of the local through trade agreements such as TTP or TTIP, the lack of diversity arising from the concept that McDonald ducting, or by environmental disasters when goods and people to be shipped around the world.
We need to stop the economical colonisation.
Facilitating to innovative companies that violate common business structures or conventional solutions, and promote the development of revolutionary technology that can challenge the market's status quo.
Working for a market where every company is cooperative and is run in collaboration by all employees and where the shares and shareholders do not exist, but have been replaced by a more democratic system of "crowdfunding" and employee financing tool to finance all investments.
To combat economic inequality in society. The large gaps in income and wealth that exists today will not disappear without a political act. To even out economic disparities is also a prerequisite for glocalism be able to be full. The way we work against inequality have been raised earlier, by thwarting banks and work for cooperatives.
GLOCALISTS VIEW OF TECHNOLOGY
Technology has an important role in the glocalist splash and society. This is for several reasons, and partly because technological development in many cases it is allowing for glocalist solutions that arise, even if the technology is in so many ways is revolutionizing society and creating new structures that break down old. In this chapter we will go through how we see that the technology will impact society, how it has already started to do it and what kind of development we want to see.
Technology has always been and will always be one of the major factors that alter society. We have seen the impact of technology on society through history and technology will continue to shape our lives, probably even more in the future, therefore we must embrace technology and the change it brings with it because we can not stop it. To embrace the latest technology and trends is what makes us glokalister.
Through the development of new technologies and new businesses have opened the door for a new society that goes against current standards and regulations both in the market and in society at large. Different industries, such as the newspaper, the taxi industry and physical stores has undergone major changes since the Internet became popular and led to the newspapers and online stores and other digital solutions now out compete the old solutions, which have completely changed their role in the market. This change is part of glocalism.
Technology will revolutionize the way we produce our goods and our energy. Production will be moved from the national and international level to the local level and also in the longer term to an individual level. Where every city or municipality and households will produce its own energy and even physical products.
The technology will not only change our economy by competing the old markets and industries, as well as change the way we produce goods and energy, but will also interfere with our banks and the stock market by introducing new currencies, payment methods and options for banks.
Technology has changed the world by creating new ways to travel to and communicate with people from all over the world. This has made it possible for us to exchange goods and information with other people from all corners of the world. We may also exchange information, ideas and knowledge and to learn and experience each other's cultures in a way that was not possible before.
Technology has given us the opportunity to spread new ideas far and wide with the high speed and ease. This in turn has helped us to develop faster than ever
The glocalist movement is also open to introduce Block chain technology as a way to facilitate and control a more automated society and as a tool for creating a functional "Internet of things".
We recognize that while innovation means opportunity, it can also be a threat if we are not anticipating and managing development and innovation, correctly and with caution.
GLOCALISM IS A LIVING PROCESS
Glocalism is rooted democratic movement for development and renewal. This means that the glocalist movement and the thought patterns and ideas that exist within it must be able to be tested, challenged and changed. Glocalism should be a process in which democracy, renewal and acceptance of new ideas are the norm and where the questioning of both the movement and the ideas seen as something positive and obvious.
Glokaliströrelsen must build on an understanding of the society we are part of and intended to alter. Therefore, we need to glocalism examined and questioned, whatsoever, of all people, but above all of us who actively advocate it.
Glokaliströrelsen will invite all those who share glocalisms ideas. This means that participation is to the extent possible by the movement to work actively with the inclusion, as well as sanding down as many thresholds for participation as possible. For example, do not make financial demands on those who want to get involved in the movement.
Glokaliströrelsen must mobilize several generations for us to be able to meet the new challenges that we have begun already now and will in the near future. All the challenges and opportunities that glocalism with it must be faced by all generations together and united.
Glokaliströrelsen need that people are open to meet the changes that the glocal society will entail.
Glokaliströrelsen shall be a movement which can take many different forms. It can be anything from glocalism to include in existing institutions and organizations, to create entirely new organizations and even political parties based glocalist perspective. The important thing is that we share the view that our future society will be a glocal society.
ARE YOU A GLOKALIST?
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