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At P:HC we are committed to elevating earth to an equitable and democratically governed Type 1 Planet. P:HC is dedicated to acting as a community powered international body overseeing the global collaboration and cooperation of planetary development in the coming decades. P:HC ‘s 10-year goals shall act as a stepping stone to achieving a greater level of global connectivity, social equity and cultural evolution. We at P:HC strive for the replenishment of the natural world, both terrestrial and aquatic, the sanctity of human rights and the shared ownership of resources. P:HC plans to become an international community platform, through our three global development areas, we will implement the tools needed to see this global change become reality as we grow and connect the world.
P:HC is committed to creating the means to share and develop policy, target international interest and promote the creation of international agreements in topics and fields that have a global impact. By creating a common platform for how governments communicate with their citizens we can have a dramatic shift towards equitable, insightful policy creation; sharing the best practices internationally creates a format for global policy with effectiveness acting like a standard in progress. Democratising and levelling the mobility of residents through open internet platforms shareable and available as a framework, makes global elevation and an exponential process of social development, both streamlined and easy to adapt. The steps in this tool include the following benchmarks:
Block-chain governance platform agreements with nations that permit:
P:HC is dedicated to creating new economic opportunity through local efficiency and surplus trade, the real vision behind globalisation. Connective diplomacy is international policy creation exercisecentred around multinational entities and the development of a sustainable global standard of living. P:HC proposes an international corporation tax to rein in the corrosive nature of capitalism, develop local industry and foster economic opportunity for those most disadvantaged by contemporary global structures/market practices.
International Corporate Taxes must include:
P:HC promotes the creation, evolution and distribution of culture. P:HC plans to do so by maintaining and upholding the individual rights of all humans, empowering local communities as well as developing a framework for cultural preservation and contribution. In order to bridge culture, develop it and preserve it, P:HC will actively partner with communities to provide the infrastructure needed to make this goal a reality. The active development of cultural institutions, connection with contributing communities, the public and other institutions can create a network of cultural vibrancy and evolution. P:HC will further the development of human culture with the following goals in mind:
Together P:HC invites you to share its vision of the future and develop your own ideas about how we can make our future better than today!
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In the rise of global populism and a seemingly general public consensus that the current economic system only benefits the global elites, there are several collective steps we can take to reclaim the prospects of real social change. Real change starts in changing the way we act, the way we interact and how we cooperate with a common vision and idea of progress in mind. in today’s struggle, the vision we should be fighting for is economic justice, social equity, environmental protection and social redistribution systems that work for everyone. The only road block to these goals is understanding that when we act together as the common public, we can act to ensure our futures. The policies and corporate structures that create our current systems of oppression are in place because we the public allow it. We leave the mechanisms of oppression in place when we back leaders that offer us quick fixes and promises without real plans. This is no longer acceptable, no social elite is going to offer anyone more than they must, so we the public should design the new system, create the new mechanisms. This is the same mobilisation of the economically disenfranchised calling for change which has created the populist movements around the world. it’s a repetitive trend that can be resolved in one of two global trends: abandoning the global community project of connectivity and interdependence or creating stronger and more accountable global institutions designed by and made accountable to the public. I favour the latter because it is far more efficient and develops a global culture which we need to create global infrastructure and enhance the life quality of every human being. Shutting down global trade is a step backwards and so entrenched that closing our borders only closes our potential. I will attempt to outline the framework for systemic change in order to align the idea of globalisation, to the reality of the components and deliver a real increase in global equity rather than wealth inequality.
As is, the United Nations is a pipe dream of a better future. It has no real jurisdiction and power in the geopolitical stage. The U.N. acts in more cases than not, as a conversation about injustice and as an intermediary apparatus of the worst problems of our world. but left powerless to the real issues of the increasing globalised community. As an international governing body, the U.N only directs the actions of it members in a format/ direction that they themselves as an organisation do not have the power to enforce. It is subject to the will of its member states and is not directly accountable to the people of the world but the politics of nations.
So how do we solve this?
First, we must talk about the control and influence issues within the U. N’s executive branches, like the security council. America and other superpowers use the security council like a board to play geopolitics and employ vetoes which conflict to their geopolitical agendas and special interests. This can be solved through more rotation and stricter requirements on countries to be part of relative councils and positions of power within the United Nations. The idea of leading the world through an international body is not to cater to power dynamics of post-World War II power structures, it is to lead the world to a greater point of connectivity and equity through cooperation.
Now, some might argue that the security council is composed of the world’s military leaders, so it makes sense that their votes coincide with the effects of their independent actions. The fact remains that this issue is present in other U.N branches and the solutions are based on the same principle. Before I explain the linchpin in proper geopolitical cooperation, I will point at another example of the ill governance style of the U.N as it coincides with the way to solving the issue: The placement of Saudi Arabia on the human rights council. Why would one of the world’s largest perpetrator of human rights abuses, be put able to vote on the interventions of human rights abuses? it is illogical and it indicates the type of reform that must be made: a strict criterion of eligibility must be made for each role, council and tribunal in the U.N, Which sees only countries that exemplify the qualities that are needed in the relative field, are put in positions of power over the field.
We may say, this is too strict for the international community and that in the age of international isolationist policy, it would only see the destruction of the international system. I would counter with my reason in selecting this to be the level in which we reform our global system: we are too interconnected to step backwards and countries know that without trade and the international cooperation that our mutually assured survival, is not ensured without it. No country is removed from the planet, it is an illusion of difference that makes individual states, not different worlds. Cooperation is the undercurrent of progress and any person versed in policy-making is acutely aware of this fact.
Rewarding progressive nations by making their voices heard on the international stage to further the social values and ideologies in areas that brought their respective countries a higher level of discourse and stance is the point of international cooperation, not simply avoiding nuclear wars. Most of the countries that have nuclear arms understand what mutually insured destruction is and that military action will enact a return to a shown hostility given the development of social enemies, fiscal gain and geopolitical leeway for retaliation in the global community. Let’s stop playing this ridiculous game of who’s going to end all life on the planet (which proves what? Nothing if you’re dead too) and focus on the real issues destroying the civilisation: corruption and wealth inequality.
To develop the real criteria for participation in the higher levels of U.N positions, we must require a two-tier membership system that discriminates the validity of nations. Countries levels of legislated human rights, freedoms and abuses should be measured; in addition to an assessment of free democratic processes. This should be the factor for their membership to the U.N and higher positions within it. This is the current member vs observer statuses except members aren’t voted in they meet the criteria set forth for a modern global state. First, I will state why we need this, then how we get countries to go along with it.
This doesn’t violate sovereignty but reaffirms the rights of humans. It sets a standard benchmark of what we should expect in this century and age of connectivity while holding countries accountable to the will of their people. This should come at no qualm or domestic opposition. What is the argument? That we want people to have a common standard of voice and freedom? Claims that this meddles in the sovereignty of nations, only indicate that these nations are not operating in the interest of their citizens but in the interest of an elite class. Which the exact issue causing our planet to degrade at an exponential rate, elitism. When properly managed communally resources are often made/planned for in a sustainable way, when planned without the input of the community they are squandered and grossly miss-allocated. This is the trend that has plagued our planet in its half measures in becoming a global community with an emphasis on economics rather than a solidarity of protecting human rights. It is present in the fabric of every country facing a mounting populist movement to shrug off the oppression of the economic hierarchy. Denying this truth, is denying the problem and it will not fix it, and given the current state of our environment, we may not even be leaving it our children to solve.
In this newly reformed idea of the U.N, we must make membership more valuable. This can be done through the coordination and implementation of checks and balances to international trade in the form of international corporate trade taxes, levied against corporations large enough to trade on the international level. We live in a time where corporations aren’t paying their domestic taxes to the level needed by states yet they are using international trade agreements to run rampant and maximise profit margins. Taxing corporations on their size and jurisdictional reach confined to the member states of an international body sees: incentive to join through revenue and checks the very thing that has caused (nearly) every nation to be hostile and behave in a cut-throat manner for resources and to ensure what little employment they can. This means that taxes are evenly redistributed to the states that corporations use and operate in as part of their value chain of production and calculated based on their reported earnings and output. This new system of the international community doesn’t allow for the transfer of funds to in order to avoid reporting and taxation. I outlined the requirements of this type of policy in a previous post so, I won’t repeat it here to save space. This type of policy frees up the competitive arena of the local industry while insulating domestic efficiency to better produce specialised products and creating a focus on the development of surplus exportable products that are regionally tied in production variables.
What is the counter argument to this which nations can float: We don’t want the taxes we weren’t getting? We don’t want to allow our citizens basic human rights?
To quote Malcolm X, “the truth is on the side of the oppressed.”
The truth is when we are transparent and have the open dialogue, we remove the secrecy and diffusion that ensures the continued practice of deceit and manipulation that has given way to the rise of populism and the economic disparity that caused it.
The truth is that economic disparity is caused by corrupt governance pandering to dollars rather than the needs of the voters.
The truth is that politicians faking that they understand the problem won’t solve the everyday struggle that most of the planet’s population is feeling, reform does not need concessions to corporations, it needs concessions to the public’s life and opportunity.
The truth of what’s wrong in the world is the embedded in the very identity of the oppressed. Their stories, frustrations and actions only point to a system that is fraught with wrongdoings and injustices of innocent people trying to survive.
This is piece targeted to the United Nations but it is just an example of the types of policy we need if we want to develop this vision of the future we can with our without the establish mechanism of global governance.
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We created a framework for what it means a strong conviction that social progress is important. But you might wonder:
why is it important?
Why should we embrace this idea of society?
I get that life’s hard but I like my life, so why should I change?
These are common responses to this question, and the answer isn’t simply: “because it’s the right thing to do”.
At P: more freeHC, It’s because we believe that can be something more, more expressive, more caring, and freer. Deep down, that’s all we really want in life. We want to feel more, we want to feel good and we want to be free of things that oppress us.
So how do we do that? By working together as equals. When we properly coordinate our community, we can develop a deeper understanding of each other. It really doesn’t matter what people believe ideologically because we all breathe, we all eat, we all enjoy laughing and smiling. We enjoy being happy.
Things like hate, only festers when we aren’t fulfilled. When we need something more and we know others have it yet we don’t. This is a tool that can be so easily used to divide us and victimise us into a further feeling of social distrust and stratification. The pattern of developing negative feelings towards each other stem from when we don’t act like we are equals when we fail to see what we can do to help people, and when we only perpetuate our differences. Does this mean that we just forget?
No, it means we have compassion. We remember that we have felt pain before, that others pain is real and it’s our obligation to help make them feel better. This is caring, remove yourself as an individual from that last idea. What’s left? Helping through commonality and empathic understanding, without people in the equation, it simply loves. Love for each other and our contexts as a collaborative community is the solidarity that enables us to be free as individuals. Does this mean that we actually have to love other people we don’t know, not necessarily, but when you see them as you see yourself, how could you hate them?
That’s why it’s important to become a cityzen; because it means that we see each other as equals. We see each other as people who should be protected, understood and respected in our interconnection with each other. We have all seen and lived in a world where hate is prevalent and it’s not worth it, especially when we all know how great it could be.
In our society the seems to be an abundance of winners and losers, and to most, that seems okay. If you work hard you make it if you don’t society will help you out at the bare minium. At P:HC we think we can do better than this, we can create a better society. We believe that the way that society is currently playing out we value the wrong things, we admire wealth, success and power and strive to achieve it but behind every successful person, there are others they climbed over to get there. That’s one thing, but the way our economy is set up is another – we continue to profit off each other to advance our interests. This system has shown time and time again that it doesn’t work. From financial recessions caused by powerful bankers to impending environmental collapse from the unabated use of fossil fuels, the obsession with power and wealth has saturated humanity to the core with the majority of it, left powerless to resist the consequences of the actions of a few. That’s not cooperation, that’s not the collective interest of the population governing itself and perpetuating the sustainable continuity of the group. It’s short sighted actors vying for control and power. So it’s not a surprise that things like hate and isolationism spring up across the world. In turbulent times, we cling to our families and support systems. In times when we are economically disenfranchised, environmentally threatened and existentially conflicted with nuclear war in our attempts to protect what little we as independent nations still have, it’s no surprise that populist seem to pop up all over the globe. These new wave leaders often don’t solve our problems but distract us from the issues with a new enemy to focus on, preaching to our fears and calling us to gather as one group or another, to stay strong through our oppression.
At P:HC, we know this a distraction from the real cause of the problems we face – our mentality and values. You might be like “I thought the issues were the 1%?” Yes, they are, but we need to look deeper than that, to what makes the 1% possible and that is our mentality and values. We always want to lead a better life – the size and diversity of our population make it easy to see our obligation to the “other” not a personal one but a detached, invisible one. An obligation that only manifests through our need for what we can’t do ourselves. That idea perception of a division is the problem we need to reorient our values so that everyone in society is important, every job deserves respect, and every person is a valuable member of our collective society. These are things that don’t set us up to pit each other against one another, in pursuit of a better life in society. When we see ourselves above others, we rationalise our disenfranchisement and manipulation because at least there’s someone less than us.
This is the mentality that we hope to reshape at P: HC, through bringing people together to empower each other we hope we can foster the environment where we see each other a equals, as a community, as human. When times become tough, remember that we are the 99%, we are the planet and we shape its direction, so let’s work together to reclaim our social power of collaboration, interdependence and freedom. We are only powerless when we think we are, we are only alone when we don’t see others carrying the same burden.
We looked it up and this is what we got from search engines:
“Social equality is a state of affairs in which all people within a specific society or isolated group have the same status in certain respects, including civil rights, freedom of speech, property rights, and equal access to social goods and services.”
But at P:HC we don’t think that’s enough.
At P:HC we strive to advance the idea of social equity and develop the principle in more and more aspects of our lives. People often strive and protest for equality, but equity is the more important idea to embrace. The definition of social equity that we got sounds a lot like equality. Equality seeks to make everyone equal, equity, on the other hand, seeks to address the underlying and systemic differences of opportunity and access to social resources. This is more important because we aren’t all the same, some people need more help than others. By living together, we have made the commitment to help those in need, to lifting each other up. This is the base idea of any country, collective solidarity. We do this because we realise that we are stronger together, we know that we can live better lives when we live together and depend on each other to help us where we alone are weak. At P:HC developing this concept is so important: we live in a world where we are constantly attacked, not just from actual attacks but acts of division. Acts that further fractionalize and divide what should be a global community of humans, we are a victim of the illusion of difference. This illusion makes us rationalise the social divide that we all are victim to and accept it as normality when in fact it is a malady. An affliction of the position we hold in society is insulated and separated by the efforts we took to achieve it, but what is the achievement without anyone to compare it to or admire it? Nothing. Success is important because we can share it, learn from it and benefit from it. So what’s the measure of a successful society? Real social equity is.
When we define social equity we believe that is:
“social equity is the economic, legal, environmental, and developmental rights of access to the collective resources of society with an all-encompassing effort by means of equal say and insight of all members of society to ensure the longevity of the collective resources and to enrich the individual lives of community members as indivisible, equal inter-respectively, and as mutually comparable pinnacles to the direction of the community and individual members in respect of need and right to access and recognition.”
This means that individuals of a society should be entitled to the resources of the community so that they as individuals can thrive without comprising the resource that the whole community depends on.
We’re going to look at this in specific aspects of society and its deeper meaning:
Education – all societies thrive because they can share, retain and collect knowledge. This means that knowledge is a collective asset of society and should be fairly distributed and offered to all members of society. When understanding equity, it is important to address education as an opportunity to fix social stratification and the differences that occur in everyone’s life. This means addressing each learner as entitled to learn, that their education should be developed to optimise their lives and potential by complementing and augmenting their shortcomings. We often neglect this in society through disproportional allocations of educational resources which further perpetuates social stratification and economic class division.
Justice – Real legal justice is often forfeited when a society has systemically oppressed and disadvantaged a specific segment of the population. I don’t have to specify a specific case of this because it happens in every society. It’s wrong. Ingrained bias coupled with the unequal access to opportunity only further negative social behaviour from the oppressed group. Equitable justice looks past the surface and understands the context the circumstances of social inequality and offers those disadvantaged real arbitrations and rehabilitation practices equal to that of peers in other social segments. The difference of like sentencing and overall legal treatment is often indicative of social injustice in a society and is the first step to solving it.
Environment – True environmental equity is both the understanding of the conditions of the present and the rights of the future on activities that affect or impact the environment of all social actors. It is taking the full measure to develop a shared and communal effort to manage development and land-use. Some will argue that the process is like it is because no one wants to live near certain developments, that is why we need environmental equity. Communities must be elevated to the level of as equal stakeholders, consulted as equals so they can understand all the impacts and can opt out of development or control the measures or design to mitigate the adverse effects to their populations and potential generations. Goose stepping the community means forgetting the principles of society.
Economic – Understanding the cost of labour and living in a society is the measure of the level of a society’s development. Respecting the rights of workers and properly negotiating wages that are fair and just is the pinnacle practice of circular capitalist economics. However, the rise of globalisation and automation has seen labour become a means of widening margins and putting people after profit. These companies are tapping into a social resource, the population of society itself. It is important to understand this and develop legislative and co-operative efforts to empower the social expectations of work within our society that puts people first. No market will become unattractive to corporations if societies reinforce their rights, Nordic countries are a good example but the standard can continue to raise the level of expectation on corporate policy and operation.
Developmental – This is the more progressive and less noted aspect of equity in society as it strikes at the difference in our individual ability to live fulfilling lives. Developmental Equity looks to aide and prop-up people that have been disadvantaged by the context of life and ability. This type of disparity is often understood and accommodated in our educational institutions, but once people who are developmentally or otherwise disadvantaged are subject to discrimination, stigma and social neglect in the accommodation of their need. We need to see this type of equity to encompass every condition that is impeding to our ability to live, not simply a laundry list of conditions. Developmental equity looks not only to assure the consideration of these individuals into society but to actively provide this diverse population with the things and opportunities needed to live rewarding and meaningful lives within society.
One might note that we haven’t defined and specified identity equity. Identity equity is to acknowledge racial and social population segments for their histories and particular struggle in society. This kind of equity can only breed more social division, it’s not that it’s wrong to champion the causes of these populations. If we as a society, strive for the economic, environmental, judicial and educational rights with this understanding of social equity, we are consciously addressing this social issue. By being equitable to the entire population, we’re not creating the grounds to later polarise society. If identity equity is a policy practice, when times become tough, other struggling social groups use this difference to rouse the creation of a social enemy to blame for them current social conditions. This can lead to further discrimination because it’s grounds for the ‘us vs them’ mentality.
All of these aspects of social equity are prevalent in some form or another. When a large enough segment of the population is disadvantaged by one or two areas of these equity factors, it is easy to discard the validity or right of another factor that doesn’t directly affect us but is made prevalent. This is the cycle of the social conversation and sometimes it doesn’t align with the current public need, instead, it creates the problems with the idea of social equity and understanding. Both these issues are the seeds of social division that keep us from progress. Yet it remains the responsibility of an engaged and diverse society to understand the historic and contextual differences in our lives and perspectives. So we may attain a level of equity and social freedom that pushes the collective and individual experience past that which we have become accustomed to in favour of a greater tomorrow, today. This is a problem P:HC is prepared to address and with your help, we can further our research, develop our ability to act on this. We want to bridge these social disconnects to bring us closer in our fight for equity.
You might be wondering, what’s the deal with cities?
Why are they the focus? Why are they important?
“Today, 54 per cent of the world’s population lives in urban areas, a proportion that is expected to increase to 66 per cent by 2050. Projections show that urbanization combined with the overall growth of the world’s population could add another 2.5 billion people to urban populations by 2050, with close to 90 percent of the increase concentrated in Asia and Africa”- United Nations Review of Urban Growth 2016
Cities are where we live. They are our most compete for creations, they are our habitat created through our independence and interconnection. So we think that it’s important that we connect them and make them more accommodating to the needs of people. We can empower each other as we improve the livability of our planet. It’s this idea of connection, that we chose to connect people at the “city level”. Every street has a new story and an old one, every store is a memory and every park is an experience waiting to happen. Let’s make them better together. Focusing on cities alone doesn’t mean that they’re the best way to live, it means that they are the centre of regions. They support and are supported by a wide variety of different land settlement patterns and communities. At P: drivesHC, we understand the interconnection of the way we all live and actively support these connections. Through our Projects, we transcend the urban-rural divide and make our mission about our lives. Connective efficiency, collaboration and common drive towards a better tomorrow, today regardless of where we live. Want to show that you agree with our mission?
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If you’re reading this, you probably belong to a country. You work hard, you pay taxes, but life doesn’t seem to get that much better, no matter how hard you push. This is because as the global community has been increasing global wealth, it’s not evenly distributed throughout society. This means you feel the burden, without any of the benefit, and that’s wrong. This climate allows bold politicians to rally us to their causes, either to revolutionize our economy or make our countries great again – the message is the same. People need to feel empowered and actually be empowered. At P:HC we think that wide spread social empowerment is fundamental to a democratic and progressive society. The only real way to have social power in our busy lives is to organize, conceptualize the change we want and keep going once we get it. But who has time for that when we have, you know, busy lives. That’s where P:HC comes in; we’re a think tank and a social enterprise. We work with government for you, to create real social change today.
We start with a bold change and keep going until it’s a reality, then we monitor the effects and keep improving it till it’s perfect – nothing’s perfect, so we have our work cut out for us. We want to make getting what you deserve out of society easier, more transparent and more accessible. At P:HC, we’re fuelled off your ideas about how we can improve our society then we turn it into a service or a policy to change your life and make it easier. We’re accountable to you and only you, unlike other businesses and social enterprises: we show every dollar we get and spend – we don’t care for huge salaries or incentives, we care about making your lives better, today. That means our profit, is your profit. In times like this, society needs to recognize that our lives aren’t commodities of corporations and the 1%, there’s 99% of us. Together, we can build lives that are worth living and aren’t destructive to where we all live. With P:HC, we can come together to fill the spaces in our lives ourselves – we don’t need corrupt politicians or corporations that exploit us for private profit.
So at P:HC we’re asking you to become a Cityzen,
a member of a Human City.
A Human City is digital city that has no borders, no taxes, only ideas. Ideas that make life better and the social mentality to make it happen without profiting off of anyone. When work with governments, we transparently make your voice heard and connect you in every step of the process. We champion your values through our projects, keeping you in mind with every venture. By donating to Project: Human City, you make this idea possible. Make your support for this idea known on twitter by using “#PHC+ Your City’s name” (ie #PHCToronto). when you do that, you’re letting your local government know that you expect them to become a Human City, a city that puts you first, a city that’s only accountable to your ideas on how life can become more equitable, transparent and sustainable today and for generations to come.