A Platform for Community Action
Welcome. Joining the Order out of Chaos worldwide conversation is easy. By giving each nation and religion its own collective voice in a global conversation capped by the Voice of Humanity-as-One, Voices of Humanity enables us to transcend and yet also to support our nations and religions. Please join our facebook group.Forgot your password?
The world, our world, Planet Earth is in trouble, a trouble of our own making. Humanity, by a combination of population growth and misguided economic development, has overstepped Nature’s limits. Civilization as it goes is not sustainable and will collapse, and in the non-linear way of things, all too likely sooner rather than later.
Humanity is responsible for the destructive chaos. That much is clear. Yet humanity is not taking this responsibility to heart as it must if we are to live in harmony with Planet Earth. Only a shared consciousness of our common humanity will enable us to accept our responsibilities at the global level.Understanding Voices of Humanity
What makes Voices of Humanity special? Imagine if Facebook listed the top-liked posts from the last 30 days. The whole world would share those items. That is what Voices of Humanity is designed to do. It is a simple idea that unleashes awesome possibilities.
There are six Voices of Humanity: the Voice of Women, the Voice of Men, the Voice of Youth, the Voice of Middle-age, the Voice of Seniors and the Voice of Humanity-as-one. Top-rated messages from these six voices of humanity will be extremely likeable in the Facebook sense but more than that, because love, wit and spirit are what everyone appreciates, we can expect the six voices of humanity to be consistently kind, intelligent and upbeat. Everyone with an interest in global issues will read the top-rated messages and be influenced in a positive way, giving rise to a surprising, ever changing global consciousness that will underpin a sustainable world.
The peaceful transition to a sustainable world requires global trust and cooperation between the nations and religions. We love our nations and our religions, and won’t give them up, so in this shift to a larger sense of unity, we need to be thinking how we can motivate the nations and religions to be willing partners. Dare we imagine a collective voice of America and of Russia, India and Pakistan, Israel and Palestine? A voice of Islam and of Christianity? It might seem a foolish project, but when we realize that the nations and religions are being unified and strengthened within the context of a unified humanity, then the true genius of the Voices of Humanity project becomes apparent. It is by supporting the nations and religions that we motivate them to be willing partners in the unification of humanity.
Gender equality and age equality are both built-in to Voices of Humanity. It is no exaggeration to say this will amount to a new social contract. And yes, LGBTQ participants have their own Voice and are not required to specify male or female.
The Voices of Humanity Apart and Together (A&T) feature brings communities together by also supporting their separate identities. Using the lunar cycle for timing, A&T alternates between each community electing its own messages and all the communities together electing messages to represent our common humanity. See below for more about Apart and Together.
Coming soon: Voices of Humanity supports bottom up networks. Are you interested in the intersection between #sdgs and #nuclear_disarm? No problem. Create your own “SDGs and Nukes” network. Everyone who is a member of both the #sdgs community and the #nuclear_disarm community is automatically a member of the new network you just created. When you go to the network, you see only messages tagged for both communities and written by those who are a member of both communities.
Last but not least, Voices of Humanity is nonviolent action oriented. A prominent “Nonviolent Action” button reduces the forum list to only those messages hashtagged #nvaction. While in Nonviolent Action mode, all newly posted messages are automatically hashtagged #nvaction.
Putting it all together, Voices of Humanity uses crowd-source technology (voting on messages) to give women, men, youth, middle-aged and seniors each a collective voice. Empowered with the gift of speech, these great divisions of the human race will join together with humanity-as-one to weave a tale of love and wit. Through this new lens we will come to see ourselves as the intelligent, generous and capable species that we are, giving us the trust and confidence we need to cooperate on pressing global matters.
Apart and Together
The Apart and Together feature of Voices of Humanity is designed to build a bottom-up global movement to implement the goals of the United Nations. It uses the lunar cycle to alternate between communities electing messages to represent their separate interests and the same communities together electing messages to represent their common interests. There are four of these Apart and Together collective conversations planned: The UN Goals, The Nations, The Cities, and The Religions. Of these, only The Religions conversation awaits implementation.
The UN Goals. The goals of the UN are the best scaffold we have for the massive bottom up global movement the world needs. United Nations supporters generally concentrate on particular issues: climate change, education, gender equality, nuclear disarmament and so forth. The interaction across the issue silos does not get enough attention, to the detriment of all the issues. The Apart and Together feature overcomes the silo effect by alternating between 1) each issue community electing its own messages, and 2) supporters of all the issues together electing messages to represent the holistic view across the silos.
The Nations. International distrust rules the day, making full cooperation on pressing global matters impossible. The huge and growing investment in weaponry underlies this distrust. Nuclear weapons in particular feed on themselves, fostering a global sense of win-lose competition rather than win-win cooperation. In such a world, disarmament and the many other global issues cannot be adequately addressed, leading all too soon to global disaster of one sort or another. By supporting each of the nations separately in a context that also supports our common sense of humanity, we can marginalize the hardliners. All Indigenous Peoples, as defined by the U.N. or self-defined, will be able to participate as a nation of their own.
The Cities. The nuclear armed nations will not even consider giving up their horrifying weapons, so when the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were framed in 2015, disarmament could not be included. But the cities of the world do not have nukes and they are the targets, so they do support nuclear disarmament and peace as well as the SDGs. The Cities conversation is meant to jump-start a global network of cities that have officially adopted all of the goals of the UN. Each city will need to put together a civic / academic / business / government coalition to support the process locally. The Voices of Humanity Apart and Together conversation between The Cities will give the network a common voice while preserving the importance of local differences in approach.
The Religions. Hans Kung said it best: "There will be no peace among nations until there is peace among religions. And there will be no peace among religions until there is dialogue among religions." As with The Nations, the collective conversation between The Religions will marginalize the hardliners. Extremists will have a choice of participating in a conversation that brings all of the religions Together or losing their influence in the Apart phase for their particular religion.
The goals of the UN are listed as suggested topics for The Cities, The Nations and The Religions. For The UN Goals, the built-in topics are the communities that have good reason to support the goals of the UN, such as refugees, labor, the commons movement, indigenous peoples, academia, business, interfaith and more.
Bringing the Goals of the UN Home to San Francisco
Organize Locally, Connect Globally. The Voices of Humanity San Francisco based team aims to persuade the SF Board of Supervisors to pass a resolution establishing a UN Goals Advisory Committee. The committee will develop detailed proposals how the goals of the UN may best be supported / implemented by the City. The resolution will cover each of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), human rights, CEDAW, nuclear disarmament and world peace, with a blanket clause covering all the other goals of the UN. See our new sfungoals.org website. And please like the Facebook page that goes with it.
The plan is to build a civic / academic / business / government coalition for a collective impact project to get the resolution passed. Voices of Humanity will provide the required communication tool and the team will build the coalition from the ground up, all the while looking for a backbone organization to partner with and grant money for outreach staff.
The SDGs are coming down to the city level in any case, so our efforts are very likely to succeed. That success will generate much good will and momentum for a second stage to the project as our coalition transforms itself into the new San Francisco UN Goals Advisory Committee. Then the real work will begin.
An app for Voices of Humanity will be used to have an Apart and Together conversation between supporters of each of the UN Goals. See directly below for more about Apart and Together. Monthly meetups will bring in new team members.
Step by Step
For questions or comments contact project coordinator, Roger Eaton.