Planning a Forum: “How to Save the World in a Hurry”


You may already be trying to save the world from something—or at least to reduce its risk to humanity. Maybe you’re working against war and weapons. Or global warming. Or famine. Or pandemics. Or exposure to radiation from reactor explosions. Or cyber attacks. You’re probably doing your part.

Since these risks are all connected causally, whenever you work on one of them, you’re actually working on the whole system. However, that’s not always apparent. We’d be more effective if everyone saw how all six global threats fit together as a system and how countless civil society organizations are working together to save the world. That’s the goal of this project.

Let’s list several potential ways of reducing each of these six global risks to make a single comprehensive checklist of policy proposals. As we go along, let’s discuss the likely effectiveness of each policy — pro or con. When we have a sizeable list, let’s hold a public forum for the experts and organizations who are trying to prevent these catastrophes. That meeting (which can be livestreamed to participants all over the world) will narrow down the proposals to three or four best ones for each threat. All the groups that attend will vote for or against this shorter list of, say, 25 proposals. If they adopt it, they will all have a common “Platform for Survival.” Afterward, each group will continue its own work agenda, conscious of being part of the larger project: to save the world.

IF you wish to participate, please suggest one or more proposals for the list. Then in May 2018 you’ll be invited to the forum in Toronto where we’ll compile the final Platform for Survival.

Table of Facebook and website discussion pages

Please click on a linked title (from either column) to participate in the discussion an/or to add your suggested policies.

Crisis Facebook page Website post
War and weapons (especially nuclear) SfP War and Weapons panel War and weapons discussion
Global warming SfP Global Warming panel Global Warming discussion
Pandemics SfP Pandemics panel Pandemics discussion
Mass radiation exposure (e.g. reactor explosion) SfP Radiation Exposure panel Mass Radiation Exposure discussion
Famine SfP Famine panel Famine discussion
Cyber attacks (criminal, military, or propaganda). SfP Cyber panel Cyber threats discussion
Plus a category of necessary supportive proposals called:
Enabling measures SfP Enabling Measures panel Enabling measures discussion

Procedure for Proposing a Public Policy for Inclusion on the Platform for Survival

  1. Notice the style exemplified by the “Prototype Platform for Survival.”
  2. In a text document, specify which of the six threats your proposal addresses. (Remember, our aim is to reduce its risk, not repair its aftereffects, which may be beyond remedy.)
  3. Phrase your public policy proposal in English as a sentence of 15 words or less, naming the organization that should be responsible for implementing it.
  4. Each proposal should apply in every society.
  5. Type your proposal sentence in ALL CAPS to make it readily identifiable.
  6. If you wish to elaborate on it, do so in a footnote and/or send an article for inclusion in a separate bibliography.
  7. You are welcome to submit several policy proposals, but insert lines between them for the sake of clarity.
  8. You may want to identify yourself as the author, but that is not required.
  9. Keeping a copy for yourself, email your proposal to Metta Spencer: If you prefer, you may enter the proposal instead on one of the Facebook pages or as a comment to one of the “six crises” posts on the website.
  10. The subject line of your email should be “PLATFORM SUBMISSION.”

1 Comment

  1. Helmut Burkhardt

    October 27, 2017 at 7:34 pm

    The enabling group will assume the survival platform is addressing the right global issues for sustainability of human civilization. The target of the enabling group will be how to implement the survival platform.

    I propose a two prong approach to implementation.
    1: Bottom up approach, engaging mainstream media, social media, educational institutions and religions to educate all citizens on the survival platform.
    2: Top down approach a) use the 2020 high level UN anniversary conference to effectively equip the UN with the political tools needed to govern the world. b) Have the UN follow the process used for creating the ICC to create a World Federation (WF) with global legislative, judicial and executive powers required to implement the survival platform.

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