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Gordon Brown on Global Peace Corps – CGI 2008

“Let us change the world, together” said Gordon Brown at the end of a riveting speech on globalization at the Clinton Global Initiative.


During his remarks on the last day of the fourth annual Clinton Global Initiative, Mr Gordon Brown, Prime Minister gave an impressive account of his vision for building a global society. More global-type organizations might be necessary in the 21st century as we no longer are alone on this planet, everything that is done someplace is reported on or known or in another.

The power of the internet in these times of globalization cannot be ignored. For example, in Burma, monks were the first blogging the uprising; Zimbabwe, as a result of an army of mobile phones photographing and texting the results as they were announced, the government could not interrupt any attempt and the government toying with the results. The first 21st century coups – the coups de texte – was realized in the Philippines and brought down a president. People might be suppressed, but will not be silenced.

He also called on the revisiting of the vision and the mission of the World Bank as a Bank for Development; the UN must be transformed to deal with insecurities facing states and to deal not only with military but civil help in human and socio-environmental development.

Towards a global civic society…where we are all one, where we all have the same central, golden rule – treat each other as we want to be treated – the idea of fairness and responsibility to each other. There could be global organizations where people can meet and discuss issues affecting them and how they could help others. Mandela is at the head of the call for a truly global society, where all of us connect and share and support each other. This could be the generation that gives every child a chance to have an education, to stop the advance of disease, benefit from the opportunities of this truly global economy; we are all summoned to build a world where globalization is a force for justice on a global scale.

The idea of a Global Peace Corps resonate well with me as it is my dream to mobilize the energy of youth around the world towards the generation of peace. The existing peace corps as I see it, is unidirectional with US youth going abroad; the global peace or youth corps for sustainable development is multidirectional with youth, armed with laptops, skillsets/mindsets and the desire to share their knowledge and receive knowledge from others could utimately bring us closer to peace – to the establishment of Global Peace Positioning System…their efforts in health, education, nutrition, water and sanitation, relationships, business strategy, etc…could serve as a foundation for peace and for the realization of the Millennium Development Goals, for the living of the spirit of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights…

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Independence and interdependence

Happy 4th July

Globalization and independence no longer match, with globalization comes interdependence.  So we say Happy Interdependence Day.

World events make it extremely obvious how interdependent we are:  earthquakes, floods, fires, tornados, internal migration, wars, drought, cyclones, triumphs, good news – all show how much we are dependent on each other as we might be in England and have family suffering in the United States or China or Bangladesh or Zimbabwe.  We are no longer alone, independent, each of us needs each other.

Famous Quotes on Interdependence

Source: learning to give

“The humblest individual exerts some influence, either for good or evil, upon others.”
Beecher, Henry Ward American Congregational preacher (1813–1887)

No man should think himself a zero, and think he can do nothing about the state of the world.”

Baruch, Bernard U.S. financier and government adviser (1870–1965)
“Great discoveries and improvements invariably involve the cooperation of many minds. I may be given credit for having blazed the trail but when I look at the subsequent developments I feel the credit is due to others rather than to myself.”
Bell, Alexander Graham Inventor (1847-1922)
“The first peace, which is the most important, is that which comes within the souls of people when they realize their relationship, their oneness with the universe and all its powers, and when they realize that at the centre of the universe dwells the Great Spirit, and that this centre is really everywhere, it is within each of us.”
Black Elk
“We did not weave the web of life; we are merely a strand in it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves.”
Chief Seattle
“Patriotism is easy to understand in America; it means looking out for yourself by looking out for your country.”
Coolidge, Calvin 30th president (1923-1929)
“I have no country to fight for: my country is the earth, and I am a citizen of the world.”
Debs, Eugene V. Labor organizer and socialist (1855-1926)
“Every heart is the other heart. Every soul is the other soul. Every face is the other face. The individual is the one illusion.”
Young, Marguerite Writer (1909-1995)
“If I am not for myself, who will be for me? And if I am only for myself, what am I? And if not now—when?”
Hillel, Rabbi

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