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A Selection of Videos about the values of interdependence
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Civil Society As A Compass

Civil Society is a collaborative perspective that not only values what we have in common as much as our differences but is a values based perspective that supports awareness of what constitutes real value – economically, culturally and environmentally. Inherently it is therefore an ethical and relational approach to society and the world.

This precludes and over rides radical separatism and extreme self-interest (whether economic, cultural, religious, institutional or professional) from having sway over the interests of the whole. At the same time it is a perspective that not only allows for, but encourages, ethical and socially responsible initiative and creativity to contribute to and replenish both the parts and the whole. Civil Society therefore honours both diversity and unity.

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Chivalrous Capitalism

The Transition movement does not reject enterprise or exchange economics, but offers different values and criteria to contain the powerful shadows of the relationship of exchange as expressed within the warrior model of capitalism

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Citizen’s Markets

Citizen’s Markets

Moral Trading As The Price For Entering Local & Regional Markets
Hippocratic No Harm & Fair Trade Pledges For Businesses and Professionals

Whose market is it? Surely that is a very good question.

The economist who predicted the banking crisis, Noreena Hertz, has suggested that,”Markets need to serve the interests of people as much as they serve companies or shareholders”. How can we ensure that happens at a local and regional level?

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Lost Value Tax and the Priniciple of Harmonic Taxation

Lost Value Tax and the Principle of Harmonic Taxation

When grassland is over grazed or forests are destroyed it is a cost to the whole of humanity. The value of the Commons is immeasurable but that is not to say that such shared value is impossible to recognize.

Planetary citizenship dictates we should protect the environmental Commons . Our proposal is that this principle should be extended to include the Commons as a whole economically, socially and culturally.

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Why The Green Party Does Not Yet Have The Answer

Why The Green Party Does Not Yet Have The Answer

In the spirit of genuine debate, we sincerely hope our view, that the Greens seem to have taken a wrong turn will be received and engaged with in the spirit in which it is intended.If like us, you are, or have been, a Green supporter please bear with us while we make our case.

We argue that environmental policies apart, the greens have been heading in exactly the wrong direction for all the right reasons and it is time to discard the old style secular, london-centric, liberal red herring for a truly holistic platform. Only when the greens are able and willing to address their shadow – which is the shadow of liberalism and secularism – can they heal the political divide and become a party that everyone can vote for.

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Another Kind of Freedom

Another Kind of Freedom: The Gift of Self Restraint

A narcissistic culture that focuses only on personal entitlement can never endure or be a mature expression of our values.

A renaissance that moves us towards Interdependence requires a re-examination of both neo- conservative and neo – liberal ideas of freedom to include and encompass the gift of self-restraint.

In the context of the Commons (taken in the widest sense to include all our freedoms that arise out of our shared or common ‘wealth’), self restraint is an act of generosity that is needed to protect the inheritance we benefit from in the present and in order to pass it on to future gener

ations.

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The Commons and Nature – Our Shared Inheritance

The Commons and Nature – Our Shared Inheritance
The concept of the Commons is a significant perspective that is central to sustainability and green issues but which has much wider implications for a moral imagination.

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Creating A Shared Moral Compass

Creating A Shared Moral Compass From Many Traditions and Paths

Karen Armstrong’s initiative – ‘The Charter For Compassion’ ( see www.charterforcompassion.org) is a prime example of how people from many points of view, both secular and faith based, can be brought together around a shared moral compass.(i)

Implicit in the Charter is the idea of our personal interdependence with others. By asking each of us to commit to treating others how we wish to be treated ourselves, it demands we seek out and act on the basis of our common humanity. It is the “Golden Rule” at the core of all the major faiths and it is the very opposite of a reductionist Darwinist interpretationAs Karen Armstrong puts it,

Compassion requires that we dethrone ourselves from the centre of our world

This itself is an act of generosity that puts every individual in a position of principled leadership. Read more


Developing A Deeper Reverence For Ourselves

Developing a Deeper Reverence For Who We Are

The development of any child into a pinnacle of conscious life on Earth is a miraculous process but in our modern materialist culture it is all too easy to take who we are for granted. If tomorrow a planet was discovered with a Noetic life form as extraordinary as Human Beings we might have more reverence for who we are. The possibility that we may be alone – so far we have not found other intelligent life in the material Universe – is an equally compelling reason for creating a ‘meta’ narrative of both reverence and responsibility that combines a deeper scientific and spiritual appreciation of what Being Human truly is. If we don’t realise what we are, how can we have reverence for each other, for Nature or for ourselves?

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