BACK TO THE GENERAL
2.2 MOST FAVOURABLY EVALUATED
GCP III. On Citizenship
GCP 22. For the State to be legitimate as well as legal, it should
obtain a global view of the society of which it is part. We also
need to ask ourselves the following question: what is the present
meaning of citizenship? There isn’t an exclusive citizenship.
There are plural citizenships that depend on each individual’s
history. Citizenship depends on civic education, and on the opportunity
that individuals have to belong to society as persons and not as
mere economic agents, and to fulfil themselves, for themselves and
for others, beyond the perspective of material benefits. (31.09.)
GCP 23. A new concept of citizenship. Until recently,
the "citizen" placed his or her confidence regarding many
situations in disinterested and uncontested experts: doctors, teachers,
farmers, political leaders. Today these institutions and persons
should accept reconsidering their roles, seeing them contractually
rather than as a mission. In return, it is obvious that citizens
must take on more duties. Citizens will have a voice in their own
destinies, with no more clerks to speak in their name (32.02.)
GCP 24. Beyond the necessary
role of the collective movements and the institutions, it is necessary
to point out the importance of individual and citizenship responsibility
that is also exercised through the act of consumption (at a global
level). For instance, the sooner the citizen adopts a mode of ethical
and ecological consumption, the sooner good world governance will
be achieved. (Article suggested by a participant for
GCP 25. In the participation process, the total
is more than the sum of the different parts
- Set up rules of consultation that will enable each community
to define their options in the face of the challenges and which
respect minorities and the diversity of their social structure.
- Develop awareness of democratic rights that goes hand-in-hand
with awareness of democratic duties.
- Defend the interests of absent third parties: children, handicapped
persons, future generations
- Define objectives without getting lost in detail and by delegating
to known discussion partners.
- Learn on how to evaluate public policies and the real processes
of direct participation.
- Put the accident on the type and quality of the processes
as much as on their results. (30.04.)
GCP 26. Rights I. The question of rights is no
longer put merely in terms of defending institutions, but, now,
rights have become an instrument of defence for inhabitants. (05.10.)
GCP 27. Rights II. Authorities do not forget to
apply laws against inhabitants. On the other hand inhabitants’
rights are forgotten especially when inhabitants are unaware of
their existence. The proposal is therefore to inform and make inhabitants
aware of their rights. (05.11.)
GCP 28. It is necessary
to organise, structure and develop the tools appropriate to share
information. The geographic and thematic structuring allows the
articulation of the levels of territory from the local to the global
and the articulation of their roles. To be endowed with tools so
as to share information allows the enhancement of their competences
and, in this way, the attributes of cognitive elements appropriate
for a true expression of active citizenship. The international community
will not be fabricated. It will emerge and, in order to make it
visible, it is necessary to find the ways and means with which all
individuals, wherever they are, can make their voice heard. The
development networks constituted, such as the national network of
the inhabitants of Cameroon, using the New Information and Communication
Technologies in order to share the competences and the expression
of citizen values, seem indispensable. (Article suggested
by a participant for proposal 04.)
GCP 29. Faced with international institutions in
situations of weakness (such as the United Nations), proposals aim
at articulating inhabitants’ organisations on international
levels to constitute a force, a world alliance capable of influencing
GCP 30. For creating an exchange network. Against
"producing" events. Media have lost their function as
organs of information, of public consciousness, of social evaluation
and of putting different social partners into contact together.
They no relate events, they create them according to economical
or political criteria. (30.05.)
GCP 31. The role of media is to help make people
aware of common problems; sharing out wisdom means increasing wisdom.
- Create a deeper understanding of territories as being a support
for rela tionships between different actors. Use media for distributing
important, useful information that is suitable for cultural
- Information on events + interpretation of facts + a critical
way of looking at participants, at society, at the choices made
considered to be essential constituents of good information.
- Recognition of long-term processes, including the distant
- Independence in the face of economic pressures, of the financial
power and in the face of advertisers.
- Ways of expression for different social groups in order to
they express themselves.
- Sharing experiences freely, exchanging knowledge. (30.06.)
GCP 32. In favour of slowness – fluctuating
- Time as a link between people and not as a unity of measurement.
- Seasons’ cyclical time (summer time, winter time).
- Fluctuating time, autonomy in relation to planned time.
- Subjective time, emotional time and personal or community
- Chosen time and sharing work.
- Promote complementarity of time (mothers, unemployed and aged
per sons, part-time work, etc) as potential means for creating
- Make different times coexist (historical times, the present,
short and long terms)
- Control industrial time so that respects geological time (combustion
of fossilised energy, absorbing waste)
- Rehabilitate the present as a privileged moment. (30.14.)
GCP 33. For the creativity and usefulness of work,
against slavery and mercantilism. It is important that work rediscovers
its direct relations with satisfying requirements and with creativity.
Even if certain jobs are composed of repetitive tasks or are carried
out under difficult conditions, the fact that one is doing a useful
job is an essential factor for human dignity. Work must be a link
to enable people to be in relation with others. The value of relations
must be estimated other than by monetary standards. (30.18.)
GCP 34. Satisfying requirements: for personal individuals
and developing communities.
- Give work its meaning, its humanity and its richness in terms
of a per sonal dialogue between individuals and not between
a human being and a product.
- Work for encouraging everyone, being a tool for their creativity
and for fulfilling the community's priority requirements - "visible"
and useful products.
- Optimising non-commercial activities.
- Softening limits between professional and home life that are
all too sharply contrasted.
- Social status not related to work.
- Basic income guaranteed by the community.
- Reduction in the role of money as a universal standard of
value in ex changes. (30.19.)