Change begins by changing our minds about what doesn't work. Everyone points the finger at the greedy elites, blames them for all our problems. Nobody questions the premises and methods used by the resistance, "Activism." We do.
Repeace is an intuitive, practical strategy for social engagement and global solidarity, centered around values, not issues. The attention is removed from the elites, and placed on the outdated, inefficient methods used by activism.
As a broadly framed, positive “CAMPAIGN OF RESPONSIBILITY,” Repeace offers a blue print for a new kind of (r)evolutionary change. Repeace has been a pioneering effort towards a new kind of communication platform for leaderless agency since its inception, back in 2009, ahead of waves of public outcry seen in Egypt (Tahrir Square), USA (Occupy), etc.
The largest, past U.S. movements, and all current forms of social resistance / popular uprising, were unable to produce long lasting, formal reforms (*) in our institutions, and struggle to motivate and mobilize sizeable resistance. The methods at our disposal, petitions, protests, raising awareness, organizing, are obsolete and have limited impact. Repeace suggests to international Occupation movements a viable alternative of proactive engagement and an immediate result, without the dangerous direct confrontation, that inevitably leads to violence, critique and negative publicity.
The logic behind Repeace approach, simple and timeless is expressed in the Narratives of our vision (here). The frustrating state of endemic and pervasive corruption in our institutions, paired with a growing sense of disorientation, fatigue and despair, felt by activists worldwide, give to this strategy a relevance that keeps growing by the month.
Repeace employs applied social psychology and proven communication techniques (see: “Framing,” usually used by corporate, governmental and political entities) to reorganize social change, reunite, and empower a humanity in distress. Repeace frames all social activism under the name "Repeacement," "Repeacing," an activist as “Repeacer.” Repeace shifts from thousands of different causes and conflicting political views to a few values, we all understand and share. This is perfectly in sync with the observations about the "more physical" Occupy movement, made by professor George Lakoff in 2012.
I think it is a good thing that the occupation movement is not making specific policy demands. If it did, the movement would become about those demands. If the demands were not met, the movement would be seen as having failed.
Consistent with Sheldon Wolin’s suggestions and George Lakoff’s beliefs, Repeace focuses on the values shared by existing organizations and citizens, and implements them in the 3 Repeace Commitments:
- I will support businesses that focus on sustainable, local products and services, not on buying influence.
- I will support representatives who are accountable to me, not to private interests.
- I will support countries that promote and defend freedom of expression.
A pioneering approach, a specific strategy leading to a global vision.
Repeace aim is international in vision and scope, while its fast, simple engagement method is NON-issue-specific, independent of nationality, language, political, ideological or spiritual views, and able to adapt in time.
Different from traditional forms of organized resistance, The values of ACCOUNTABILITY, TRANSPARENCY, SUSTAINABILITY, COMPASSION, FREEDOM OF DISSENT/EXPRESSION are implied and reflected in three simple commitments. Every U.S. citizen/resident can actively stand behind the values above, and join in on the 3 major US counters. German, Austrian and Swiss citizens and residents, can do the same at repeace.de
* Chris Hedges speaks eloquently about the real possibilities of radical change. Based on the achievements of past popular movements (here, at 27:00) Hedges reminds us, that no matter how well organized American popular movements in U.S. history were (The Liberty Party; The Suffragettes; The old Progressives party (Roosevelt); The Civil Rights Movement), none of them achieved formal and lasting change. All they managed to create were “openings” in American Democracy. Hedges points out that "the Liberal class is functioning inside a system of Capitalism, which grants just enough reforms to keep the underclass acquiescent." A recent NYT Poll, referring to the achievements of Equality reforms of the Civil Rights Movement, proves Hedges' point: 50 Years After MLK's Assassination, Most Americans Think Inequality Reigns (here).