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Video Highlights Bold Vision for Solving World's Problems Post-Trump

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, November 29, 2017 — A small group of highly credentialed progressive leaders have announced in a video a new movement for One Global Democracy — boldly challenging Trumpism by calling for an end to separate countries, as a necessary step to solving the world's biggest problems, including climate change, inequality, and economic opportunity for everyone.

This new video is online at: OneGlobalDemocracyVideo.com

Two new technologies can now combine to transform governance worldwide: a Blockchain will enable secure voting at a global scale, and a Liquid Democracy model will enable everyone to vote directly on policy, or delegate their vote if they choose, in a system of accountable yet flexible decision-making that includes everyone equally, without electing representatives. We can eliminate countries, and handle decisions at the most local level feasible, while also giving everyone worldwide a vote on the big, global issues. People will be able to move freely anywhere, with constitutional rights guaranteed for everyone.

"The only way to build a future that works, one that can handle our increasingly global problems, is to include everyone equally — worldwide," said Peter Schurman, formerly the founding Executive Director of MoveOn.org, and key driver of this new movement.

Global governance is not a new idea. Reformers and elected officials called for a global government following World War II because they did not think the United Nations went far enough. More than 100 members of Congress, including the future presidents John F. Kennedy and Gerald Ford, supported this call in 1949. Yet today, it is almost entirely absent from mainstream debate. With today's new video, One Global Democracy is kicking off a new conversation on this idea whose time has come.

"Climate change, inequality, lost economic opportunity: these are our biggest problems. We seldom think about it, but all three are linked to a world political system that's failing because it's comprised of separate countries," said Schurman. "The definition of a country is an entity that's accountable to nobody beyond its borders. In today's interconnected world, that just doesn't work any more."

"Separate countries are a core reason why our world is breaking apart — this isn't an easy challenge to face or solve, but it's clear that things will continue to get worse until we do."

Team:

Executive Producer: Peter Schurman

Director: Dennis Castro

Editor and Motion Graphics: Jacob Nasim

Voiceover Talent: Mara Junot

Additional Motion Graphics: Austin Cable

Social Media: Beth Becker

Web Developer: Jason Charter

Marketing Strategy: Maya Zuckerman

Development Associate: K. Stellar Dutcher

Social Media:

Facebook: Facebook.com/OneGlobalDemocracy

Twitter: @OneGlobalDemoc (launches today); #OneGlobalDemocracy

Script:

Climate change, inequality, and fear are tearing our world apart.

National governments have failed to solve these global problems.

Separate countries simply don't work anymore.

Trump: "The United States will withdraw from the Paris climate accord."

People have lost patience with the slow, incremental approach to reform.

Strongmen, exploiting desperation, are seizing power.

Turning back the arc of human progress.

We have reached a crisis point. People who normally tune out politics have woken up.

But the system is so broken, no one seems to see a way to fix it.

It's time for a new story, to raise our sights to what's possible, and give people hope again.

A story of how we can create peace, equality, and justice worldwide, within our lifetimes.

Through a bold new approach: One Global Democracy. A world without borders.

Many of us believe in a future where countries no longer divide us, and we work together to face our shared challenges.

But few of us realize One Global Democracy is now within our grasp, thanks to two new technologies.

With blockchains, the technology behind Bitcoin, we can enable everyone to vote online, securely, as the digital divide closes worldwide.

And with a liquid democracy model, everyone can vote directly on policy, or delegate their vote to someone they trust.

One Global Democracy is now becoming feasible, for the first time in human history.

It's a huge, audacious goal.

But how can we get there?

The key is to build a movement.

Movements can win, even when things look impossible at first.

Our history is filled with extraordinary accomplishments:

The abolition of slavery. Voting rights for women. Environmental protections.

We turned marriage equality from a fringe issue into law-of-the-land in just 15 years.

A movement begins with a conversation.

One Global Democracy is a huge concept to explore, so we're going to begin our conversation with a feature length documentary, laying out how One Global Democracy can work, why now is the right time, and how we can get there.

Numerous leaders are saying the time has come.

Barack Obama: "the radical and necessary notion that we are part of a single human family — that is the story that we all must tell."

Yuval Noah Harari, author of Sapiens: "All the major problems of the world today are global in essence, and they cannot be solved unless through some kind of global cooperation."

Mark Zuckerberg: "Progress now requires coming together not just as cities or nations, but also as a global community.."

Angelina Jolie: "Our times will be defined not by the crises themselves, but by the way we pull together as an international community to address them."

The voices and ideas of dozens of prominent global thinkers will launch a conversation, and the idea of One Global Democracy will spread.

As our movement grows, we can advance politically, through resolutions, bills, and treaties. Our old systems are failing faster than anyone imagined.

As things get worse, more and more people will look for alternatives.

Our current crisis can open new opportunities.

It's time to lay out a positive, clear vision of the future we want, and make it our moonshot goal.

Let's leave the old divisions behind. People and planet are calling us to a higher purpose.

Obama: "We must go forward and not backward."

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