The Tipping Point Alliance
A Vision and Strategy for a meaningful Life in a fracturing World
We live in a time of urgency: the environment (climate change) calls for an urgent and radical change of ways of life in harmony with the cycles of the universe and of nature; the economy is controlled by a few powerful interests and our humanity is reduced to provide the necessary cogs for a system that has lost its purpose and meaning; social coherence and solidarity have degenerated into a violent competition where anything seems acceptable.
We live also in a time when truth seems to be so flexible that anything goes. It is then essential to dare to affirm what is central in our lives. We have tried to
do this exercise (which is not simple at all). Out of this attempt a text has taken shape.
You can download here the main documents:
BEWARE: THEY ARE ONLY DRAFTS (WORK IN PROGRESS!
Many of the following documents have been written at different stages of the research; they may present some minor repetitions, contradictions or omissions.
ANY COMMENTS ARE WELCOME AND WILL BE VERY HELPFUL!
- First a summary of the approach how to fight climate change
It describes the main approach:
A) A call for a change of way of living.
B) We are the main actors who have to initiate the change.
C) A fundamental change of mentality is needed.
D) We will recreate a local economy and society to be sustainable.
Climate change: the whole strategy in 40 topics - 10p
- The Vision itself is an affirmation of the central values and qualities that define a creative attitude about today's urgent challenges. The Strategy shows how to do that in practical terms.
It is accompanied by a basic Strategy of 10 Options that proposes a way to translate the spirit of the Vision into everyday action.
This is what unites us. The WHY:
The Tipping Point Alliance: the Vision and the Strategy - 21p
- There is a short version that describes the core idea in 1 page
The short version of the Tipping Point Alliance - 1p.
- The question of equity - sharing wealth
One of the principle challenges of climate change is the issue of equity. Wealth worldwide is the cause of huge disparities: 10% consume 84% of resources while 2/3 of world population live on only 2% of world wealth. This is the true cause of climate change: we (the 10%) have caused it by our excessive standard of life; it is now our responsibility to solve the problem by reducing drastically our standard of life, in order to make it compatible with Earth resources. It can easily be done: we just have to decide to do so. We won't miss on anything. It is only about giving up the superfluous. We will even discover a much richer way of life, based on true human values instead of egocentric greed. See the diagram of wealth distribution. Source: Credit Suisse.
A diagram that illustrates a very shocking disparity (1p)
- Eight necessary changes (or untwists) of mind.
A description of eight changes of mind we need to bring through before we can be free of the inversions created by our technology and market society. It describes also the real obstacle which explains (but does not justify) our extreme difficulty to start an action against climate change: our strong addiction to our present way of life.
Eight changes (or untwists) of mind ...and our fundamental problem of addiction - 11p
- The catalogue of possible options for the extension of the Strategy.
The basic Strategy is in principle a list of 10 options; each person may shape their own Strategy by adding some complementary options of their choice, according to their own conditions, priorities and preferences. Here is a catalogue of possible options; they are only examples and you can adapt them; they have evidently to remain conform to the spirit of the Vision. You may of course also modify them or design your own; it is the spirit of the Alliance to be modulated in diversity.
The catalogue of possible options (examples) for the personal Strategy - 13p
There is unity in the core of the Vision (the values) and the basic Strategy (10 options). There is diversity in the terms of the personalised Strategy (the complementary engagements each one choses to add to the 10 options of the basic Strategy) because everybody is free to commit to what they want. This is a way to find unity in a few core values and basic options, and yet to invent diverse ways of expression of how we can translate these values into further actions in daily life.
- Concrete proposals how to make Bega a more sustainable, self-sufficient and resilient community
These are a few thoughts how to re-organise our local community in prevision of the drought and fire events that await us in the coming years.
Food for thoughts: concrete proposals for Bega to be implemented immediately - 4p
- Diverse documents that illustrate the approach on a more specialised topic:
- Market, Technology, Friendship and Community
Market and technology have ejected us out of society as creative members. We are condemned to be only cogs in a system where we are reduced to be mainly consumers. Friendship is indeed the true way to rebuild our local community, not only having good time together in BBQs but also and especially in being involved in one's another's lives; it means in sharing and caring for one another and for our common present and future.
Market, Technology, Friendship and Community - 5p in pdf
- The Platform for Australia or Strategy OZ.
This is the wider vision for Australia: WHAT FOR.
Warning: the following text is only a first and temporary draft as starting point for a further discussion between grassroots movements. It should be completely re-written when we meet
and come to an agreement. The text below is only a first concrete proposal to help start the process.
The Plateform for Australia or Strategy OZ - the complete version incl. 1p summary - 12p
- The Uluru Statement of the Heart
It is striking how much the Uluru Statement of the Heart expresses the same needs as what we need for mitigating climate change: equity, telling the truth, sharing, listening, adapting to the land, creating a society based on diversity and inclusiveness, etc.
The Uluru Statement of the Heart (1p)
- Searching for the meaning of the Land
The best way to establish a living and reciprocal communication between First Nations people and white Australian would be to share about the meaning of the land for all of us. The Land is the best place where we can join and where Idigenous people can teach white Australian most of what they need to learn.
Two insights and one proposal
- A few personal comments around the Vision and the values that guide the Strategy.
Note that it is a personal approach that engages only its author. Be clear that you can be part of the Alliance, even if you do not agree with these comments:
It develops the main ideas of the Vision and Strategy in a personal way and illustrates them with examples. The Comments - 50p
- An annex about the relationship between Spirit and Matter (13p).
The Annex about the relation between Spirit and Matter
- An example of a similar manifesto by Canadian grassroots movements (5p).
Borrowed from leapmanifesto.org: The Leap Manifesto (Canada)