Roundtable on 'The Problem of Action'

An exchange on envisioning and creating a global movement, prompted by the essay How Do We Get There? The Problem of Action

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Kavita Byrd
Our problems have common roots, and thus require common solutions. A nimble and creative global movement, fit for the task, will require both spontaneity and planning.

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John Foran
We need a new kind of political party, infused with the spirit of social movements and accountable to their demands.

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Herman Greene
A new thought collective on eco-democratic socialism could provide the needed conceptual understanding for a global movement.

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Candido Grzybowski
The success of collective action will depend on the cultural and political contestation of neoliberal hegemony.

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Michael Karlberg
A global citizens movement would need to emerge in an organic manner. GTI can play a key role in fostering dialogue around such a complex process.

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Debbie Kasper
Humanity’s cooperative nature and astonishing capacity for altruism can be the basis for a new cultural narrative. Educational initiatives can help make that happen.

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Roz Savage
Individual change is a critical dimension of enduring structural change. But what sparks change in the first place?

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Roberto Savio
Neoliberalism is in crisis, but to defeat it, we need to link up with existing social movements as well as ordinary citizens not yet engaged.


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Bruce Schuman
Using modern communications technology and guided by a collaborative spirit, we can create a cooperative global network that includes all elements of human experience. Read

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Mimi Stokes
We have a vast trove of cultural wisdom about human thriving from past generations that can inspire and unify us as we seek to build a more harmonious world.

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Sandra Waddock
To guide system change, we need a new story about what it means to be human, a story that underscores our deep interdependence with each other and the planet.

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John Wood
Social movement organizations need to embrace a reflective and deliberative approach that emphasizes power-with rather than power-over.


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Author's Response
Paul Raskin addresses points raised by the contributors to this roundtable. Read



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