The work of the InterCivil Society for Future (IC) is cooperation for present and future generations’ life on our planet. The cooperation is guided by the five Principles. The contribution of IC to adaptation to our climate-changed world is to seek and develop an inclusive planetary intelligence. This development process starts through projects, backed up by civic diplomacy.
Adapting to a changing world
Young and less young citizens throughout the human world are demanding other citizens, governments, international agencies and corporations to reduce the negative impacts of the climate crisis on society and nature, and keep the planet’s warming below +1.5°C (IPCC Report, 2018). Whatever results these actions will bring through international cooperation, national and local actions, deadly harm to nature and humans has already been done. Even if we stopped emissions completely and immediately, the harm and the death toll will grow for at least decades to come. That means that adaptation is a necessity – now and for a long time ahead.
“We need a breakthrough on adaptation and resilience” said Antonio Guterres, the United Nations Secretary General at Columbia University, on 2 December 2020. Adaptation is necessary and not only in the ‘seven systems’ of food, natural environment, water, cities, infrastructure, disaster risk management and finance, as a report of the Global Commission on Adaptation said in 2020. Adaptation is equally needed in governing ourselves in a way that no longer leads us to collective disaster. For this, we can develop our planetary intelligence: the capacity to build and sustain an evolutionary partnership between all living humans and nature.
For earlier projects and activities, see the History chapter on the ‘About us’ page.
In 2021, IC is launching its core project: Planet’s 100 – Human Family Villages. On frontline locations of climate change and biodiversity loss, the project will build a network of villages on different continents, each with 100 randomly selected persons from the entire world population of almost 8 billion people. Every participant will reflect 1% of planetary diversity in terms of age, gender, geography and other realities in the world of humans. The project is intended to create a prototype, a microcosm of human cooperation and self-government in a community where no one is in a majority position to dominate the community and its decisions. The villages on different continents will be connected through the Planetary Intelligence Network.
If the Planet’s 100 project were like a mother ship, Planetary Futures projects are like planes taking off from, and return to, the mother ship. Some of those projects will be:
1. Age-Pyramid Leadership Model: Gives young people, women and minorities their fair share in formal leadership structures
2. School to Cool: Nurtures community survival and rejuvenation skills under the heat and above the chaos caused by climate change and its collateral damages. The school will implement the MahatMandela Leadership Program, the ‘Gym’ for Collective Evolutionary Fitness and the Refugees’ Cooperation Platform
3. Inter Civil Conversations: Share planet-wide practical and conceptual lessons learned from the experience of the ‘Planet’s 100’ core project through ‘Life in the Village’ – a real time real world reality show, and Planetary PAPA, the Planetary Platform for Ancient Philosophies’ Applications.
4. Human Family Heritage Fund (HF2): Supports transition towards an evolutionary partnership between nature and humans; through dedicated inheritances and crowd funding
Civic diplomacy is the act of advancing universal human interests by citizens and stateless persons through negotiations and partnerships with states, international agencies, civil society organizations and corporations. It is different from ‘public diplomacy’ that covers state-initiated or sponsored people-to-people contacts.