We hold these truths to be self-evident that all people are created inter-dependent—on each other, our earth, and its climate—endowed with the inalienable responsibility to maintain justice, liberty, and affiliation for all. Thus our societies must sustain balance across public sector governments that earn the respect of the governed (or of their citizens), private sector businesses that are responsible, and plural sector communities that are robust. Some societies retain this balance; others have lost it; many never had it. Accordingly, we propose the following resolutions to guide the rebalancing of society:
Balance begins when each of us decides how we shall become part of the solution. By doing nothing, we remain part of the problem.
We act in our communities, networked to consolidate a global movement for peaceful reformation.
We commit to the ideals of social conscience, fair trade, and good government to replace the dogma of imbalance. We continue to develop our human resourcefulness.
We build worthy institutions in all three sectors of society—departments in government, enterprises in business, associations in communities—from the ground up, with widespread engagement that carries individual leadership into collective communityship.
At the public policy tables, we strive to replace the compromises of self-interest with the coalescing of common interest.
We challenge the rampant corruption that is legal as vigorously as we expect our governments to prosecute the overt corruption that is criminal.
Sustainable global balance requires substantial global government. Therefore, we call on all democratic nations to rally for lasting peace.
These resolutions require concerted action, not by centrally orchestrated planning so much as through a groundswell of initiatives by concerned citizens worldwide to restrain our worst tendencies while encouraging our best. For the future of our planet and future generations, this is the time to get our collective act together.
As one people indivisible under one big sky, we pledge to defend balance in this priceless world.
To learn more and commit to this declaration, please visit https://ourinterdependence.org/. Our version above edits the original slightly to better reflect our collective views