Big Events for Equal Dignity (BEventsED)
HumanDHS is primarily grounded in academic work. We are independent of any religious or political agenda. However, we wish to bring academic work into "real life." Our research focuses on topics such as dignity (with humiliation as its violation), or, more precisely, on respect for equal dignity for all human beings in the world. This is not only our research topic, but also our core value, in line with Article 1 of the Human Rights Declaration that states that every human being is born with equal dignity (that ought not be humiliated).
We agree with Shibley Telhami, Anwar Sadat Professor for Peace and Development, who advocates the building of bridges from academia as follows, "I have always believed that good scholarship can be relevant and consequential for public policy. It is possible to affect public policy without being an advocate; to be passionate about peace without losing analytical rigor; to be moved by what is just while conceding that no one has a monopoly on justice." We would like to add that we believe that good scholarship can be relevant and consequential not only for public policy, but for raising awareness in general.
9/11/2001 has become a code for a water-shed. It was a big event that moved the world, not least due to its unexpected audacity and creativity. And it was a horrific event. Let us now ask: Is it possible to create events that have as much impact as this tragedy, only that they inspire hope, instead of making us sad? (The Global Responsibility Festival "Hamburger Ideenkette" that Evelin Lindner initiated and organized in 1993 began with the generation of big ideas designed to galvanize people in novel ways.)
When world peace is being discussed, many agree that an outer enemy would unite humankind. Yet, an enemy is not needed. Already the gaze from afar has a similar effect. Pictures of the Blue Planet from the astronaut's perspective open news programmes around the world, not least because they stimulate interest in global news. And global challenges, such as global warming or global terrorism, almost function as an "outer enemy."
The Dignity Star idea, developed by Evelin, represents a further development of these reflections. People affiliated with Star Alliance, NASA, ESA, Galileo, Richard Branson - in short everybody involved in putting new objects into space - are invited to contact us and develop this idea so that we can implement it together. The aim is to galvanize world opinion!
Peace is boring, nothing happens. Let us make something happen! This Dignity Star will do something. Our engineers will make it visible as a new star at the night sky. It will send out light flashes and change color and thus attract attention at night. And it will disseminate programs, both radio and tv, that transport the message of social and ecological peace and sustainability.
Let us disseminate:
• Earth Report
• IRIN Film & TV
• Al Gore's documentary An Inconvenient Truth and similar documentaries, such as Home, The Epoch Times, The Future of Food,
• Arthur Kanegis's work
• Omar Amanat's work
• Jeremy Gilley's work
• Bono Concerts
• the list, of course, must be extended! See a recent report on measuring peace in the media.
The name Dignity Star can be discussed. Other creative names might be found. What about Harmony Star for Sustainability, both Ecologically and Socially? The first name that we operated with was Peace Star.
It is very fascinating to observe how the Zeitgeist is nurturing collective ideas. Indeed, many years after developing this idea (still under the name Peace Star), Evelin got a lovely message from Jon Maxey and his daughter Angela Maxey. Here they had shaped an idea of a peace star completely independently of Evelin! Both thought up the same idea, while being fellow travelers on this Earth, and none of them knew about the other while they created the same idea! Please see the International Peace Star Project.
Ralph Summy suggests that "it should be linked to a media peace outlet modeled after global networks like CNN and FOX. Otherwise it will probably be dismissed as a 'feel good' gimmick. The media outlet would have to present the news by professional, peace committed journalists and analyse it under the rigorous and fair scrutiny of other journalists and qualified academics. There would be dialectical exchanges that tackled the issues of the world from a peace perspective" (Ralph Summy, in a personal message, (September 6, 2008).
The cost of putting a Dignity Star into orbit could be defended by the fact that we need a major paradigm shift in the world, a fast and comprehensive shift. Al Gore's documentary An Inconvenient Truth was a great help. And such a new Star could help to reach this goal even more! New thinking is urgently needed, old thinking has to be replaced with new knowledge. And a Dignity Star could disseminate this message in a forceful manner!
The world’s military expenditure in 2006 reached a new high of $1204 billion (the annual cost of meeting the Millennium Development Goals by 2015 would amount to around 10% of these funds). Today, the cost of putting a satellite into orbit is between $12,000 and $15,000 per kg, with research underway to decrease this cost. In all cases, putting up a Dignity Star would represent a fraction of military spending. Why not invest part of military spending in a truly grand and innovative peace initiative? Why not ask the military sector to turn toward peace, at least make a step, by help create a Dignity Star?
Ralph Summy seconds: "... perhaps there's another Ted Turner or Joan Kroc out there to be approached, and their seed funding could spur world contributions from hundreds of thousands of smaller donors"
Discussing the Dignity Star idea!
Omar Amanat, Evelin and Sabrina, December 3, 2007.
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International Human Dignity Day
Zahid Shahab Ahmed (in a personal message, 11th January) suggests to have a similar event at the same time all around the world. He suggests that this could be done by creating connections with like-minded people and organizations in countries all over the world. He proposes that we can have an international human dignity day and can have walks/seminars/workshops in all parts of the world.
Japan Unfurls Ikaros Solar Sail in Space
By Jonathan Amos, Science correspondent, BBC News
An image of the deployment is sent back to Earth Japanese scientists are celebrating the successful deployment of their solar sail, Ikaros. The 200-sq-m (2,100-sq-ft) membrane is attached to a small disc-shaped spacecraft that was put in orbit last month by an H-IIA rocket. Ikaros will demonstrate the principle of using sunlight as a simple and efficient means of propulsion...
Please read http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science_and_environment/10293284.stm.
'$100 laptop' to Sell to Public
By Jonathan Fildes
Science and technology reporter, BBC News
Computer enthusiasts in the developed world will soon be able to get their hands on the so-called "$100 laptop".
The organisation behind the project has launched the "give one, get one" scheme that will allow US residents to purchase two laptops for $399 (£198).
Please read the entire article at http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/pr/fr/-/1/hi/technology/6994957.stm and on http://www.xogiving.org/.
The Earth Federation Movement
The Earth Federation Movement includes a worldwide association of World Constitution and Parliament Association (WCPA) Chapters and affiliated independent organizations, such as many youth, environmental, and human rights organizations, that affirm the creation of a non-military, democratic Earth Federation under the Constitution for the Federation of Earth. We have several web sites associated with our work for global peace with justice, environmental sustainability, and prosperity such as www.earthfederation.info.
Dr. Glen T. Martin is the Secretary-General of WCPA and President of the Institute on World Problems. Since its founding in 1958, the WCPA has focused on creating a non-military, democratic Constitution for the Federation of Earth. It has done this through four Constituent Assemblies of World Citizens meeting from 1968 to 1991, when the Constitution was finally completed in its present form.
WCPA now works to get the nations and people of the world to ratify the Constitution through the criteria specified in Article 17. The Constitution is permeated by the concept of human dignity, focused especially in Articles 12 and 13 on human rights. WCPA sees the ratification of the Earth Constitution as a central structural change, creating global democratic institutions of unity in diversity, that can facilitate the deep spiritual change toward planetary maturity that is also necessary for a world of peace, with justice and sustainability.
Joseph P. Baratta
Joseph P. Baratta (2004)
The Politics of World Federation
Vol.1: The United Nations, U.N. Reform, Atomic Control.
Vol. 2: From World Federalism to Global Governance
Westport, CT: Praeger
Please see here the Introduction to both volumes.
Please see here an editorial on the work of Joseph Baratta and Virginia Swain.
Garry Davis: World Citizenship, World Passport, World Presidency, World Service Authority, World Government of World Citizens, World Government House
Garry Davis (Bar Harbor, Maine, July 27, 1921) is a peace activist who created the first "World Passport." A former World War II bomber pilot and Broadway actor, he renounced his American citizenship in Paris in 1948 to become a "citizen of the world." Davis founded the World Service Authority, which now issues the passports - along with birth and other certificates - to applicants. Davis first used his "world passport" on a trip to India in 1956, and has been variably admitted into or jailed by countries around the world after using his world passport. Up to 150 countries have purportedly accepted the world passport at one time or another. In France, his support committee was co-founded by writers Albert Camus and André Gide and the Abbé Pierre (quoted from wikipedia).
Rosika Schwimmer and World Government
Rosika Schwimmer or Bédy-Schwimmer "Rózsa" Rózsika (1877-1948) set out to create a world government. In 1935 she formed the World Centre for Women's Archives with Mary Ritter Beard. She received a World Peace Prize in 1937 and formed the Campaign for World Government with Lola Maverick Lloyd. In 1947 she was nominated for Nobel Peace Prize but no one received it the next year...
Please read more on http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rosika_Schwimmer, or, please read also Remarks on the History of Hungarian Feminism by Judit Acsády.
World Children's Festival in Washington in June 2007
The world largest celebration of children's creativity and imagination will take place in June at the most prestigious public venue in the world - The National Mall in Washington, DC.
Star of Hope Points the Way
To peaceful progress on Planet Earth
by John McConnell, 91 Year Old Founder of Earth Day
... In October 1957 I obtained global attention for an editorial in my weekly North Carolina "Toe Valley View" newspaper. It urged that we launch a Satellite that would have a bright flashing light that would appear every night and be seen globally as a bright Star of Hope for all humanity...