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THE GREATEST 21ST CENTURY EXPERIMENT
UNIVERSAL PEACE PLAN, UPP, a 501c3, dramatically expands the architecture of a community network seeking social justice and non-violent solutions for confronting increased threats to the new safe of the 21st century. We’re functionally a peace engine the takes a pre-emptive grassroots approach utilizing the most powerful communications tool, the internet. It’s a proven means to influence a social shift by empowering people with unified voice, addressing unmet core needs of a global society, organizing into cause-based communities and giving all a “stake” in the future. UPP will accomplish this objective by connecting individuals to leaders, to scholars, to academics, to innovators, to corporations, to non-profits, to cause-related communities, to government and to research institutions, to bring about change that meets the needs of a 21st century global establishment. UPP will serve as a dominant springboard, info-gathering resource and prototype platform for guided consensus initiatives by channeling data with control stops for learning and measurement while building an efficient, expandable pilot model which is unprecedented by present standards.
Universal Peace Plan postulates that the ingenuity behind search engines can be applied to human rights initiatives, hence a peace engine. We propose to employ those mechanisms used in pursuit of information for resolving conflicts by employing a proprietary platform to attract increased numbers of users, and then channel their attentions toward attaining humanitarian goals. When accomplished, it has the potential for converting conventional online applications from informational to transformational.
The underlying principle is simple: offer individuals the power to influence and they will take up the challenge. Our research suggests that the incremental involvement of connecting thinkers with topics of vital relevance will coax meaningful inquiries, stimulate exchange, promote socially significant networking and establish broad-based communities galvanized by mutual resolves to enhance the human condition.
A review of societal forces indicates the tendency to maintain units of special interest governed by spiritual, cultural/tribal, economic or educational imperatives, many of which are resistant to factors of globalization. Some have idealistic agendas. Others are quite opposite. The difficulty in reconciling with isolation-oriented groups in the latter category stems from deep-rooted divisional obstacles to inclusion; i.e., rich reject poor, Christian reject Muslim, young reject old, and visa versa.
Students of history will recognize a critical form of it as the nationalistic fervor which gripped Europe prior to World War I. The devastating outcome was such that everyone became an enemy of somebody. It remains today that we face continuing conflicts without a decisive way for dealing with antecedent polarizations.
Further complicating the problem has been the systemic control of the distribution of information. But the internet changes that in dramatic fashion by serving as a catalyst to free-flowing communications. Democratization subsequently takes hold and offers what the Agora did for Hellenistic enlightenment. Today, there’s a simultaneous need to survey the virtual landscape and create new concepts for encouraging mutual tolerance.
If a global society pushes hard enough in a collective, channeled direction to resolve conflicts at the root of aggressions, the outcome will be a more manageable world creating a new safe for the 21st century.
Universal Peace Plan approaches our mission’s challenges via an experimental format. We’ll establish connectivity as it relates to user sensitivities from which potent social networks will in turn develop. This will be accompanied by back-end technology which includes ongoing data capture to sort out issues as they correspond with specific areas of contention, collect them into measurable bundles, derive feedback protocols for each, examine the relative strengths of resulting categories; i.e., illiteracy, hunger, disease, poverty, human rights, environment, economics and governance, then register findings that empirically guide us to verifiable conclusions.
One objective benefitting from this process is the formulation of strategies to offset inclinations toward discriminatory exclusivity. Universal Peace Plan essentially puts the project out for bid to the entire internet population. Solutions are posted at our site and responded to. By promoting ongoing dialogues, our methodology goes beyond interactive relationships between man and machine to those directly among people. Correspondingly, whatever provokes immediate concern is allocated across cyberspace to problem solvers who connect to other problem solvers through the relevant choices we offer.
BACKGROUND RESEARCH TO SUPPORT EXPERIMENT HYPOTHESIS
After eight years of studying fields pertinent to global social problems, i.e., global trends reports, demographic and psychographics findings of global populations, non-violent and 20th century superpower leaders, social organizers, government systems, non-profits, and academic scholars – UPP has organized problems into categories of “unmet human needs”. They are: illiteracy, hunger, disease, poverty, human rights, environment, economics and governance.
UPP’s present overview is that change happens in two distinct ways: through established governing systems and through organized dissent. The means available for these occurrences to happen are digital democracy and supporting relevant non-profits with time, resources and volunteerism.
The following paragraphs identify the resources that can be brought together into a global web platform that encourages participants to take ownership of solutions by expressing opinions, engaging experts in dialogue, and connecting in like-kind socials networks via a proprietary technology that maximizes exposure of their contributions. Individuals taking part in vibrant discussions and associations with scholars, innovators, experts and world leaders become part of an important and influential process that perpetuates itself by providing valuable feedback for consensus initiatives.
It is our hope that when the projected world population explosion to 8 billion people (we’re at 6.8B in 2009) happens by 2025, there will be a well established system in place to meet the needs as they arrive.
PEOPLE CONNECTING TO GOVERNMENT
The Congressional Management Foundation reported in 2006 that over 99 million American citizens connected to government to research conflict resolution issues, public policy issues, conduct administrative inquiries and participate in public service campaigns. Online government has become the newest means for people to connect within their representative system.
PEOPLE CONNECTING TO NON-PROFITS
In 2006, over 61 million Americans dedicated 8.1 billion hours to volunteerism. The private sector contributed more than a billion dollars.
21C SOCIAL DRIVERS
If it’s true that social advancements are products of the effective use of information and improved communications, then we need to examine 21st Century social drivers and isolate the ones that offer the greatest opportunity for correction. Global Trends 2015 Report identifies the global drivers as: Demographics, Science and Technology, Natural Resources, Economy, Globalization and Governance. UPP believes the drivers that offer the greatest opportunities in pursuit of peaceful co-existence and non-violent solutions are Science and Technology (the internet), Globalization (unrestricted flows of information, ideas, cultural values, goods and services and people) and Governance (governments, non-profits, corporations and People). Not only can these drivers if working together towards the same goals have a positive effect, they are the basis to create the shift to a new level of equilibrium that produces the new safe.
COMMUNITY MODEL – CORE ARCHITECTURE FOR SOCIAL NETWORKS
Participate.com, Online Community Management, stated that the web connects like-minded people resulting in “issues-based communities”. The building blocks of a successful online community are: 1. Strategic planning & design, 2. construction, 3. deployment and ongoing management. People turn to internet communities to share beliefs, issues and interests, recruit, plan, fundraise, expound ideas and solutions, exchange dialogue, learn and develop, expand influence, overcome palpable dissatisfaction, and to BELONG or BE PART OF.” Churchill reiterated the desire to “be part of” when he spoke of his relationship to Roosevelt, “Our friendship is the rock on which I build for the future of the world so long as I am one of the builders.” Source: Jon Meachem, Winston & Churchill.
In actuality, there are many builders in the individual, philanthropic and corporate ranks. UPP intends to recruit, organize and assemble them.
Marc Andreessen, co-founder of Netscape Communication, believes that Social Networking is what Madison Avenue calls THE NEXT BIG THING. “When people start to get comfortable with how something works, they want the freedom to create. That’s what is going to happen in social networking. Chris DeWolfe and Tom Anderson created MySpace in 2003 which now has an estimated 110 million active users.
DETERMING A PRECEDENCE
When a government or corporation is confronted with an event that is outside of their experience, they search for a precedence that predicts the likelihood of an outcome. The United States Institute of Peace summarized in their report on HOW MODERN TERRORISM USES THE INTERNET that “the great virtues of the internet – ease of access, lack of regulation, vast potential audiences, and fast flow of information, among others - have been turned to the advantage of groups committed to terrorizing societies to achieve their goals.” Conversely, UPP believes that if a network for “positive future outcomes” were to be designed and surrounded with constructive agendas, then a global people could collectively chart courses towards a new safe. Terrorist Networks white papers cite technologies inherent to the success of destructive agendas. It begs the question of “Why not turn that negative energy right back on them through constructive internet usage?” This is clearly the goal of UPP.
UPP views the problem for many peace initiatives as overcoming the inertia of indifference. By the same token, we have witnessed how controversy can work to elevate awareness for causes that may otherwise be dismissed or ignored. So, consider a website that draws large numbers into debate over critical social issues, challenges them to participate in making a change, and recognizes their efforts in doing so.
UPP doesn’t give answers. It asks for them. Then it analyzes measures and reports results in the form of organic referendums for social reforms. The effect of bringing diverse ideas into a single arena accelerates networking and contributes to the building of internet communities. This is our groundbreaking design for a peace engine. UPP believes it can produce a lasting impact in the quest for civilization’s most elusive prize of all: PEACE.
-Patricia O’Neill, President & Founder
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