Welcome to the demo consultation of Make.org! In a context of distrust, the democratic life is scarred by citizen disengagement.
And yet, the recent health and social crisis have proven the importance of a solid social body to ensure solidarity and protect the ones in most need, our resources and our biodiversity. Alongside many civil society actors, we launch a call to action for all citizens so that, together, we may find solutions to positively transform our society!
As the 2010 decade draws to a close, the world is still shaken by a health and social crisis that has sparked acts of protest and solidarity alike all around the globe. These movements, varied as they may be, point to the same need for citizen empowerment and democratic solutions shared by many peoples.
In 2018, 51% of the world’s citizens felt they were “not satisfied” with the way democracy was working in their countries. (Spring 2018 Global Attitudes Survey, Q4 & Q34a-g., Pew Research Institute) Today, this dissatisfaction continues to erode our political systems, feeding popular distrust towards democratic institutions and harming social cohesion. As the world faces its biggest challenges yet, like climate change and wealth inequality, this lack of unity continues to undermine our ability to collectively address major global issues. The fate of free societies around the world depends more than ever on our democracies’ capacity to transform everyday lives.
Nevertheless, we should not give up on our democratic ideals. On the contrary : they must be renewed and strengthened.
Despite the many challenges it faces, democracy remains as the globally preferred political system, with 78% of the world population labeling it as the best form of government. (Spring 2017 Global Attitudes Survey, Q29a-e., Pew Research Institute)
Reconciling citizens and rebuilding social bonds is essential for the unity of our societies, for their resilience, but also for the protection of common goods and natural resources. As the french philosopher Edgar Morin pointed out: “our civilization is shifting from communities of Being to communities of Making”. This democratic renewal can only be achieved with widespread citizen participation to positively transform our societies, so they may take ownership over the global stakes of democracy.
So: how can we act together to improve our society? How can we positively transform society by working with each other?