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A Bottom-Up Approach to Building Balanced Societies Together

Citizens & Societies is a bottom-up approach where citizens propose changes to their elected representatives. This is, of course, compatible with the process of delegation of authority and responsibilities which starts with:

1. citizens, who delegate some of  their authority and responsibilities to
2. elected officials, who delegate some of  theirs to
3. legislative assemblies, who delegate to
4. public administrators who delegate to
5. front-line workers who serve
6. citizens.

while remembering that we are all citizens and that we are all co-owners of the societies we live in.

Result  Oriented and Best Practices

Citizens & Societiesbottom-up approach is not based on political, moral or philosophical ideology, but on the impacts our individual, group and collective actions have. The more an action facilitates the:

• development and societal integration of citizens
• functioning and development of their collectivities 
• functioning and development of their governments

while being compatible with freedom and liberty,  the more this action is promoted. Some of these practices will become best practices.

Using Challenges 

When a practice is a global best practice, meaning it can be applied anywhere, Citizens & Societies will create challenges to help increase the pace at which best practice will be promoted and implemented.

The 1st Challenge

To begin the process, Citizens & Societies proposes to work on a practice that:

1 – is very easy to operationalize.
2 – would have a very large impact on 50% of the world’s population.
3 – would not generate additional operational costs for governments.
4 – would have a high return on societal investment  in the short, medium and long term.

To learn about this 1st challenge please follow this link.

The Citizens & Societies‘ Team

Vision and Mission Statements

Vision

A vision statement is a statement that describes the conditions in which an organization is not needed anymore. In the case of Citizens & Society, the vision statement is the following:

A world where all our decision-making processes are guided by societal best practices.

Mission

A mission statement is a document that describes the work that needs to be accomplished so that a vision becomes a reality. In the case of Citizens & Society, the mission is to:

Using the available individual, social and societal knowledge coordinate the bottom up implementation of societal best practices by linking citizens, politicians and public administrators, civic leaders of all levels, so that the best possible practice can be implemented considering the change capacity of each society.

Challenges

Toward Balanced Societies

If our societies are not in equilibrium, it is because some of the tools we use were crafted in such a way that the tools themselves created the imbalance.

For example when we first started to elect officials, our electoral system was created in such a way that women did not participate in the process. If women do participate in the process today, the tool we use to elect our representatives still creates the imbalance.

An other example relates to protection. Most countries have department of defense to protect themselves from possible attacks, but they do not have department of peace.

There are many other examples that Citizens & Societies will bring forward at a later time, but to start the process, Citizens & Societies will focus on these two issues.

Challenges

To help solve these imbalances, Citizens & Societies is launching two challenges the 5050/ 2020 and the 192 challenges.

The 50/50-2020 Challenge

The 50/50-2020 Challenge is an equity challenge.

Its goal is to have Gender Balanced Legislative Assemblies1 or 50/50 men/women representation in our legislative assemblies. To achieve this we need to implement a new voting system named the Mixed Territorial Representation (MTR).  (Please view this page for more information.)

To implement the Mixed Territorial Representation (MTR), the bottom-up approach is to create 50 community groups that will promote the 50/50 men/women equilibrium by 2020 and work to implement. 

The 192 Challenge

This challenge is a peace challenge. Its objective is to ask all the 192 nations member of the United Nations to create a department of peace. The vast majority of these nations have a department of defense, but none has a department of peace.

This challenge is a bottom-up approach to create one department of peace per country. If you are interested in achieving this challenge, please follow this link. ( Coming soon) The Challenge is to create 192 national community groups to promote and implement this department of peace.

1 – This is a long-term goal. It will take about 50 years before all democratic electoral system, be they local, regional, provincial state or national, adapt the Mixed Territorial Representation.

FAQ

1 – What is a Difference Between a Society and a City, a State or a Country

Cities, states and countries are all delimited by frontiers, thus they all refer to a specific territory.

The same is true for societies. The difference lies in the fact that societies are the results of all actions occurring inside this territory be they individual, group or collective, while cities, states and countries are only partially the results of these actions, since they can only control some of these actions.

2 – What is a Balanced Society?

A balanced society is a society where most of our individual, group and collective actions facilitate  :

our development and our societal integration
• the development and societal integration of our fellow citizens
• the development and the functioning of our collectivities.
• the development and the functioning of our governments.

While creating or maintaining an environment where we are free to develop as we wish (Freedom) and where, when appropriate, we restrain our actions so that are fellow citizens can develop the way they wish. (Liberty)

3 – What is a Citizen?

Citizens are co-owners of the societies in which they live. Citizenship is therefore a form of profession.

Ideally, since citizens are co-owners of their city and country, as well as their province, state, region or department, all citizens, including politicians, public administrators and civic leaders, should have the necessary competences to enable them to play their role as co-owners. As such, citizens should have the following skills:

1 – personal – towards oneself
2 – social – towards others
3 – societals – towards society

4 –  What is Freedom

Freedom refers to the domain where one can be free. The size of the domain varies from one species to another and depends on the solitary or social nature of the species.

Since humans are social animals, freedom is created by the collective management processes, which includes laws, religious diktats and cultural norms, that create the conditions where citizens can be free to develop themselves as they see fit.

5 –  What is Liberty

Liberty is the actual space that we can claim to be ours. This space is dynamic since the space increases or decreases depending on the presence or absence of our fellow citizens.

Liberty is “the result” of the mutual self-restraining management processes used by citizens, individually and in groups, that allow our fellow citizens to be free.

Contact

If you want to start a local chapter, please contact us at 1-844-568-6793