OWS Open Source Imperative / United Nations Rio+20 Earth Summit
Open Source Culture is central to the Occupy Wall Street Founding Principles of Solidarity: "Making technologies, knowledge, and culture open to all to freely access, create, modify, and distribute." As the UN harmonizes with this principle, civil society can better harmonize with the UN. The time is now.
The following statement was presented by the Occupy Earth (Earth Summit) OWS Work Group to the United Nations as a participating group in the Rio+20 Earth Summit in Brazil (2012). The OSI is a high-level document outlining the potential of open source software, machinery, culture, and knowledge to be socially and environmentally transformative.
THE OPEN SOURCE IMPERATIVE
Hello World, We Who Occupy The Earth thank the UN for supporting civil society through granting us "interested party" status in Rio +20's drafting process.
Humanity's Elders (The Kogi, The Hopi, The Council of Grandmothers) warn Mother Earth is in critical condition, our scientists confirm the life systems are collapsing, our economists predict the next market crash coming soon. But for the first time, a truly global institution recognizes what civil society has been perpetually assaulted for voicing – the global governing system is broken. We respond directly to UN Under- Secretary General (USG) Achim Steiner's appeal to activists June 6th with a real solution:
OPEN SOURCE EVERYTHING
What does Open Source Everything mean to the UN?: Principle 10 of the Rio Declaration on Sustainable Development (RDSD) empowers The 99% with deep participation in the United Nations:
ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES ARE BEST HANDLED WITH THE PARTICIPATION OF ALL CONCERNED CITIZENS, AT THE RELEVANT LEVEL... EACH INDIVIDUAL SHALL HAVE APPROPRIATE ACCESS TO INFORMATION CONCERNING THE ENVIRONMENT THAT IS HELD BY PUBLIC AUTHORITIES...
Since the last Earth Summit, humanity has mastered the open communications systems, information technology and software to enable global collaboration, participation and innovation. As Marshall McLuhan predicted, today's living generations are birthing one of the greatest social transformations in history — the shift from the Industrial Age to the Age of Shared Wisdom and Innovation. The Internet and associated technologies form an evolutionary system for the human race, encompassing the tools and diverse traditions to harness a holistic and resilient approach to build future civilization.
Considering Principle 10 beyond the failing social-ecological systems and the explosive capacity for collaborative problem solving through The Internet, it is not only imperative, logical, and exciting for the UN to adopt an Open Source agenda, it is a duty of the UN by it's own measure. An Open Source agenda would cure the nearly terminal disease of corporate and financial takeover plaguing the UN negotiations and corrupting otherwise progressive measures in the Zero Draft Outcome Document. Such an agenda would protect the assaulted global civil society, endangered indigenous culture, and living spiritual traditions that can provide unshakable security and guidance during this uncertain transition. Such an agenda enhances essential ingredients to a viable future: harmony with nature, cultural preservation, grass roots decision making, free innovation, and an ever unifying humanity.
Open Source Culture is central to the Founding Occupy Principles of Solidarity: "Making technologies, knowledge, and culture open to all to freely access, create, modify, and distribute." As the UN harmonizes with this principle, civil society can better harmonize with the UN. The time is now.
The Open Source Imperative Addresses Key Parts of the Occupy Rio +20 People's Petition :
- Part 1 - The direct participatory democratic UN: even with global rights-based decision-making; open-source communications que prioritize youth, women, marginalized voices & civil society formally in Negotiations
- Part 10 - Indicators; beyond GDP: that measure wellbeing, participation, environmental health, socio-economic equity, gender equality, employment, provision for needs / services, protection of rights, & peace
Open Source Imperative Includes:
- Support for the free and open source global internet / communication infrastructure - eg: The Free Network Foundation , FabFi , FreedomBox
- Support and protection of the cultural, health , science and creative commons - eg: UNESCO Language Preservation , Project Halo
- Support of open source collaboration and global innovation systems - eg: Bettermeans , FabLab , Open Hardware Hub
- Support adoption of open governance goals, standards and technology - eg: Iceland's Crowdsourced Constitution , The Open Government Platform
- Support adoption of open source alternative currencies - eg: Bitcoin , Cirandas (Brazilian Federation of Solidarity Economy)
- Support sustainable community of open source tools - eg: Open Source Ecology , Windowfarms , Appropedia
- Support of open source civil infrastructure - eg: smart energy grid systems , smart public transportation systems , municipal fiber optics
- Support of open data and open data exchange standards - eg: Happy Planet Index , Green GDP , Web 3.0
- Support of open source global standards for labeling and crop seeds - eg: Navdanya International
- Support of open source and free education systems, classes and courses - eg: Bahá'í Institute for Higher Education , Barefoot College , MITX , The Hawn Foundation
The Open Source Imperative is supported by the foundation of a Truly Free and Education Network. Who We Occupy The Earth have the divine right to freely communicate and share our global knowledge and wisdom the participants in the evolutionary process of civilization. The corruption and suppression of These rights have Set US on the path to ecological and social catastrophe and obscured Ultimately precious Human Capacities. The protection of These rights Shall enrich the global commons and Provide the first steps into the real detailed solution at OccupyTheEarth.net (TransComs.com).
We Who Occupy The Earth commend the UN for its unparalleled and inclusivity (USG) Achim Steiner for his bravery and candor. Rio +20 is an opportunity to spark the much-needed solidarity between the global Individuals, civil society, and Institutions for life. The youth today exemplify a commitment to life. With the willing elders, Both can now build a future of dignity for humanity. Together we Shall pioneer the depths of human ingenuity Necessary for a successful transition from the obsolete methods of the Industrial Age into the world of Shared Knowledge and Wisdom. The survival and liberation of billions of our oppressed brothers and sisters depend on it.
We look forward to world leaders Participating with the Open Source Imperative, and pray all Involved in Rio +20 be endowed with foresight, courage, and self-sacrifice for the sanctity of life and it's Unknowable Essence, Who's rare gift, The Earth, we must remember we do not own but borrow from generations to come. They may support any uncertain souls in overcoming fear and chaos to join in the ushering of The Great Transformation, in finding victory in crisis, in bearing the glimmers of a New Civilization That Is unifying with justice, and in radically expanding the frontiers of human capability.
- Occupy Earth -
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