I am the co-founder of GlobalNet21, which was set up to discuss some of the great issues of our millennium and
bring back the hope that we can do something about it. We have taken the idea
of citizen discussion and tried to develop it by using social network sites as
a way of getting more citizen involvement and introducing another audience to
the issues of the 21st century. We have held many meetings (some in the House
of Commons) on a wide variety of issues affecting us in the century.
In our work it is clear that there are many
people and groups who are hidden or who have voices that are unheard. In the
past year we have worked hard to give a platform to some of these groups and
particularly the homeless, the disabled and those who have been exploited and
trafficked. We have also linked them with decision makers to create better
understanding and to encourage positive action.
In creating this virtual “public square”
GlobalNet21 has emerged now as a vast social networking system that brings new
audiences together to discuss and seek solutions for critical issues of the day
– issues that divide and threaten the stability of our society and our planet.
We are now one of the biggest groups on the meetup site with over 3400 members
as well as a large group on linkedin and other sites including Facebook and
Twitter. We have enjoyed success in achieving our original aim and now
regularly hold well-attended meetings with diverse groups of people from across
the political, economic and religious spectrum. With the use of webinars and
podcasts our discussions have also now gone global.
GlobalNet21 is a group for those who believe
that we need to develop a new form of humanism that includes people of all
religions and none but who embrace humanistic values as the basis of their
actions. These are values of global compassion, personal self-discovery, shared
development, planetary concern and a love of community.
You can find out more about us at our GlobalNet21 meetup site athttp://www.meetup.com/21stCenturyNetwork/