We, the World | Our Future Depends on Unity

Message from Rick Ulfik, Founder of We, The World and the WE Campaign at WE.net

It is an honor and an inspiration for We, The World to collaborate with Kosmos Journal for 11 Days of Global Unity this year! I was deeply moved by all the submissions that Kosmos collected based on one or more of our 11 Global Unity Themes.


By Karen Fiala

If we look at the dire issues which we, the human race, are facing in the 21st century, we realize that most of these problems have happened because of past flawed perceptions where we thought only a select few people should wield all the power and make all the rules for our entire civilizationthe rest of us simply had to obey.

The problem was, those who had this power made the rules to suit themselves, and the majority of mankind had no say or influence.

Even when these ideologies allowed governments and corporations to ruin our planet, steal or own all its resources, and patent our food supply, we, the people, felt powerless.

There are now over 7.5billion people on this worldeach of us being a soul, in a body, having a human experienceand yet, using the old ways, we find it difficult to make a difference.

The solution to positive change lies in our ability to unite, to work together, to create new systems, and form a new society which is just and fair for all. But how can we achieve this?

First, we have to gather like-minded people in our communities and make think-tanks which have our best interests at heart. We need to be a people-powered worldrun by the people, for the people!

Once we’ve established these groups, we must start to implement new concepts which operate alongside, or outside, the old-world system.  

Did you know there are many workable ideas already in use in communities around the world? Concepts such as barter and local currencies are helping to make a thriving economy where more folks have jobs and people can afford food, power, and other necessities. Then there are small housing projects where volunteers build tiny homes for the homeless. This gets families off the streets and gives them a safe place to live. Square One village is one organization which is helping people in Oregon. They even have a ‘Toolbox’ blueprint for other towns that want to do this. Helping people who’ve been left out of the loop with the current economic issues is one way of uniting with others to make life better for all.

We all know that it’s really difficult to be isolated while we live on this planet. Whether you’re a struggling student, an unemployed or underemployed person who can’t make a living wage, or a single mother who has to juggle parenthood with other responsibilities, life is hard. There is a saying, “It takes a village…” and it’s so true.

While governments and those who influence our society may live in relative luxury, the majority of human beings on this world find it very difficult to survive. More and more, we see that regulations we’re expected to follow are divisive and designed to stop us from having that strength in numbers. In fact, for millennia, we’ve been programmed to think that we couldn’t make a different type of world,but the truth is we can create any type of society we wantif we just put our minds to it!

There are so many wonderful examples of communities which are becoming more people-powered. Whether they print their own local currency, like Ithaca, Calgary, Bavaria, Bristol, and many other places, or they use a digital wallet system, as in Liverpool and East London, the end result is that people flourish, community thrives, and the local economy works for everyone because money is kept local and not sucked out by multinationals who care very little for anyone except themselves. Just look at all those large mega-mart type businesses which pay minimum wage, hire too few staff, and immediately transfer any profit they make to their head office far away. Now consider an economy where the money is earned and kept in the community, people support small local businesses, and, when these companies thrive, they take on more staff. This is such a simple concept, and yet governments merely talk about job creation and can’t figure this out.

People power, where people unite and grow stronger, is the way to create a kinder, more compassionate world. The mega-mart shareholders care nothing for your welfare. They don’t know you, their products aren’t made locally, and they’re only fixated on their ongoing profits. Local storekeepers, on the other hand, get to know their community and their customers and want to keep them happy.

Our food supply, electricity, water, healthcare, housing, and education are all human necessities, and there are whole towns which have shunned the corporations and taken back control by starting their own green energy companies, banks, food supplies, and more.  Communities have started food and business co-ops, made alliances with local farmers (a system called CSA), and created community food gardens so anyone can grow the fruit and vegetables and take some home. Others have started low cost medical facilities for universal healthcare and yet more have implemented free education.  

What all these things have in common is willingness for people to come together, to seek innovative new solutions, and to counteract the old ways. These new concepts work because there is strength in numbers when we, ordinary human beings, unite and come together for a common good.

Not only does this make the whole locality richer in spirit, but it brings a much more equitable lifestyle for everyone.

The old system doesn’t work. It never worked, and recently it’s gotten much worse for so many of us. Now is the time for change, and we cannot wait for others (leaders, politicians, UN or anyone else) to do this.e must unite and do it ourselves!

We have the ability.

We have the knowledge.

We can do it!  

People helping people is the way of the future. There’s no doubt about this. Once we’ve made life better locally, we should also focus on teaching others anywhere in the world so they can also take control over their own destinies.

About the author:

Karen Fiala is a futurist and the Co-Founder of AlterQuest (short for The Alternative Quest for Answers!)  She’s the author of two books which teach how to create a new type of world. Her first book titled ‘AlterQuest’ showcased fantastic new methods we can all use to make a thriving society. That book is a veritable treasure trove of workable ideas which everyone can implement. Her second book ‘The AlterQuest Blueprint’ is shorter and was written so anyone, in any community, can read it and immediately start to build a people-powered community. It’s an easy to follow, step-by-step guide for building a thinking, productive local locality.