Imagine a politics that asked you to maintain these values throughout your behaviour. Very different from what we have now.
TRAILBLAZING AN ALTERNATIVE POLITICS :
Are you interested in standing as a Trailblazer?
Proposal : Trailblazer politics isn’t a political party - it’s about re-imagining politics as it should be. It places hope, positivity and pragmatic solutions centre stage, a national movement for change with potential to become international.
An independent initiative from Campfire Convention and The Alternative UK to explore whether we're ready for a new politics to emerge and to conceptualise our future, perhaps more based around Citizen's Assemblies as a way of solving the key issues of our times.
We envisage something way more exciting than dinosaur political parties. The movement is about people, representing themselves, moving forwards together.
The candidates we are looking for are well and truly ready for a new politics to emerge. With only 2% of the UK population a member of a political party, it’s time for the tail to stop wagging the dog. We need an alternative.
Those who wish to get involved will be less focused on complaining about the failings of the current government and more into the enormous potential of what could happen when the 98% begin to get involved. We’re looking for Trailblazers - capable of lighting up a path, so people can step up.
We might even stand for election - in constituencies with a heavy Tory majority to gain publicity and set out our stall. We might not enter in areas where a progressive anti-Tory vote can win. Then again, we might. There is a lot to play for over the next few years. Who knows how things might evolve...
Some ideas and discussion points :
TRAILBLAZERS : MANIFESTO FOR A NEW SOCIETY
1 Progressive. A society run by all, for all, grounded in common sense and integrity.
2 Independent. Working outside the existing outmoded party political structure and tribal dogma.
3 Local. Respect for democracy at grass roots level, localised communities working within a global interconnected framework.
4 Empowering. Working for the good of all, creating and nurturing a participatory environment where people feel they have a voice and can make a difference through liquid democracy.
5 Humanistic. A greener, more empathic society moving away from materialism and profit as primary drivers, celebrating its spiritual elements and natural beauty, supporting renewables and working for peace through openness and conflict resolution.
6 Collaborative. Encouraging complementary skills and knowledge, bringing people together via mutual support mechanisms and initiatives which reward their own members through measured input.
7 Diverse. Joining the dots but respecting the differences, bringing to the table a range of viewpoints and experience.
8 Connected. A self-sufficient networked community that maximises technology and networking, enabling co-ordination and exchange, supporting creative commons and open source approaches.
9 Resourceful. Building collective wisdom through learning and ideas development. Building life tools through accurate news formulation and dissemination.
10 Fun. What’s living for if not to enjoy life and all it has to offer? People should value being engaged and feel good about themselves, focus on hope and reject fear.
THE ALTERNATIVE: SIX VALUES
Courage. Courage to look problems in the eye. But also courage about the future we share.
Generosity. Everything which can be shared will be shared with anyone interested.
Transparency. Everybody should be able to look over our shoulders. On good days and on bad.
Humility. To the task. To those on whose shoulders we stand. And to those who will follow us.
Humour. Without humour there can be no creativity. Without creativity there can be no good ideas. Without good ideas there can be no creative power. Without creative power there can be no results.
Empathy. Putting yourself in other people’s shoes. Looking at the world from that point of view. And creating win-win solutions for everyone.
MARTIN SELIGMAN’S 5 ESSENTIALS OF A FUNCTIONING SOCIETY
1 People feel good about themselves.
2 They are deeply engaged in activity.
3 This activity ensures they are connected to the greater good.
4 They work together.
5 And beyond their own narrow group.
8 POINT ‘WAY OF WORKING’ PLAN
1 A willingness and ability to participate in rational debate leading to a conclusion.
2 Understanding the difference between constructive debate and personal attacks.
3 Avoidance of identifying ourselves so personally with a particular position that this in itself excludes constructive debate.
4 Preparedness to being swayed by the arguments of others and admitting mistakes.
5 Relative freedom from any overriding dogma or ideology which would preclude listening to the views of others.
6 Trust, confidence and optimism in other people’s expertise and knowledge.
7 Confidence in the mechanisms and processes of decision-making that we establish, accepting that the decisions of the majority are paramount.
8 An acceptance that ‘you win some, you lose some’; it’s usually nothing personal and there’s really no point in taking defeats to heart.
“Democracy is the art of thinking independently together” Alexander Meikljohn
(From Independents for Frome)
HOW WE WILL BEHAVE IN OFFICE
1 Abide wholeheartedly by the spirit and letter of the Seven Principles of Public Life set out by Lord Nolan in 1995 : selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership.
2 Be guided by considered evidence, our real world experience and expertise, our constituencies and our consciences.
3 Be free from the control of any political party, pressure group or whip.
4 Be non-discriminatory, ethical and committed to pluralism.
5 Make decisions transparently and openly at every stage and level of the political process, enabling people to see how decisions are made and the evidence on which they are based.
6 Listen : consult our communities constantly and innovatively.
7 Treat political opponents with courtesy and respect, challenging them when we believe they are wrong, and agreeing with them when we believe they are right.
8 Resist abuses of power and patronage and promote democracy at every level.
9 Work with other elected independents as a group, with a chosen spokesperson.
10 Claim expenses, salaries and compensation openly so the public can judge the value for money of our activities.
(From Independents for Frome)