October 15 – a global citizen centered call for civic ecology
On October 15, the global revolution day, citizens will march across many democratic countries in a protest not just against a capitalistic paradigm that set citizens back due to financial manipulations and greed. Occupy Wall Street and other marches across the world, such as the Israeli social justice protests, just to name a few, are a wake up call for people who have given up hope because the systems crushed them, to reclaim their natural place at the center of the systems and to crown new kings that speak a new language and and can empower them back with forgotten hopes and dreams.
These movers and shakers are no longer distinct mavericks, but a collective of citizens that has become a mover aspiring to shake the paradigm that brought them to the abyss.
The people behind the voters are finally angry enough. From dispersed demonstrations and riots in cities, a global movement is being born, that reflects a universal tipping point of no more, shaking up the prevailing axioms of the western world.
The lethal combination of greed based polarization, and negligence of basic social values, individual and corporate or sectarian atomization that focuses on segregated interests, alienates tolerance and solidarity, the major fractures in the values that hold a society together, brought about the bankruptcy of the current ruling paradigm.
On the other side of the fence users of the system (citizens as such), busy with their every day individual agendas and struggles, have reached that inflection point that exceeds the personal and translates into a bottom up communal collaborative momentum.
Social media and crowdsourcing expertise have ignited an a populist start, labor unions and left wing activists may capitalize on it too, but the power it can create builds a collective that cannot be put back into the box. It strikes a chord for citizens across the world, suffering the same set back, fears and frustrations are harnessing a communal inner stamina to reclaim their collective value and central place in the systems created primarily for them.
A new agenda starts filling the pages – a new culture, language, terminology that will serve as the blueprint for the professionals who will step forward and adapt to gain the trust of their future constituents.
The spreading protests are claiming a new civil ecology – a new power balance that truly puts citizens’ well being at the center. Cherishing basic security, non material values and moderating individual race for financial assets in order to introduce meaning, depth and participatory culture, enhance social solidarity as a society’s goal – can become quality of life indicators. It’s the lever that will empower the quantum leaps needed for the new civic ecology.