emerging global movement for a better world is slowly
that will provide an infrastructure that will help
make striving for a better world easier. But a firm
foundation has already been established. --
Robert Alan Silverstein
responsible investing has made tremendous strides
towards influencing our current economic institutions.
Helping to promote a better world economy will greatly
accelerate the transformation of these institutions,
which will have a profound effect in establishing
the infrastructure for many other better world institutions
in media, entertainment, education and many other
Robert Alan Silverstein
forgotten the basic SOCIAL CONTRACT of rights and responsibilities
that binds us together as a society. Society expects citizens
to follow laws it has instated in order to protect individuals
and institutions. Without these laws there would be chaos
-- the strong would simply take anything they wanted and
the rest would have no recourse. In return the social contract
guarantees that if people follow these rules or responsibilities
they will be guaranteed basic rights - life, liberty and
the pursuit of happiness. A guarantee of life ensures they
will have access to basic human needs of water, food and
shelter needed to live and to support their family. Liberty
involves the ability to engage in activities the individual
wishes, as long as it does not violate the law. The pursuit
of happiness is a guarantee that the laws are meant to be
fair and provide an equal playing field for all members
of society, so that through hard work and creative enterprise,
all law-abiding citizens are free to strive to attain the
wants and desires they believe will bring them happiness.
Robert Alan Silverstein
alienation, poverty, disempowerment, fragmenting and debilitating
labor, production for the profit of a few -- much less harsh
homelessness, starvation, and degradation -- are not like
gravity. They arise from institutional relations established
by human beings. New institutions, also established by human
beings, can generate other vastly superior outcomes. Defining
and working to attain those new institutions ought to be
our economic agenda.
-- Michael Albert
an end to hierarchies of power and wealth and to class division
with most actors subordinated to an elite few. To accomplish
all these ends I favor the institutions of participatory
economics -- worker and consumer councils, remuneration
for effort and sacrifice, balanced job complexes, and participatory
planning. If someone should demonstrate that those institutions
somehow fail to accomplish necessary economic functions
or have social or personal by-products that outweigh their
benefits -- I would simply return to the drawing board.
Exploitation, alienation, poverty, disempowerment, fragmenting
and debilitating labor, production for the profit of a few
-- much less harsh homelessness, starvation, and degradation
-- are not like gravity. They arise from institutional relations
established by human beings. New institutions, also established
by human beings, can generate other vastly superior outcomes.
Defining and working to attain those new institutions ought
to be our economic agenda.
-- Michael Albert
institution or reform movement that is not selfish,
must originate in the recognition of some evil that
is adding to the sum of human suffering, or diminishing
the sum of happiness.
electing officials that will protect the Constitution
and commit themselves to the rights of the people
and the health of the nation, we will be able to ensure
that no group of ideologues and no private sector
institution can coopt our rights, take us into senseless
wars and steal the nation from its people."
globalization is to realise its potential as a force
for good, we have to look more closely at the means
by which we handle our growing interdependence. We
do not have a world government, but we do have an
increasingly complex network of institutions that
are concerned with global governance. They are central
to our future and international human rights law,
is impossible to build enduring institutions without
solid values. For us, the fundamental value is that
associated with democracy.
are no magic answers, no miraculous methods to overcome
the problems we face, just the familiar ones: honest
search for understanding, education, organization,
action that raises the cost of state violence for
its perpetrators or that lays the basis for institutional
change -- and the kind of commitment that will persist
despite the temptations of disillusionment, despite
many failures and only limited successes, inspired
by the hope of a brighter future." -- Noam
should workers agree to be slaves in a basically
authoritarian structure? They should have control
over it themselves. Why shouldn't communities have
a dominant voice in running the institutions that
affect their lives? -- Noam
capitalism, we can't have democracy by definition.
Capitalism is a system in which the central institutions
of society are in principle under autocratic control.
institution-factory, university, health center, or whatever-there
are a variety of interests that ought to be represented
in decision-making: the work force itself, the community
in which it is located, users of its products or services,
institutions that compete for the same resources. These
interests should be directly represented in democratic structures
that displace and eliminate private ownership of the means
of production or resources, an anachronism with no legitimacy.
is no reason to accept the doctrines crafted to sustain
power and privilege, or to believe that we are constrained
by mysterious and unknown social laws. These are simply
decisions made within institutions that are subject to human
will and that must face the test of legitimacy. And if they
do not meet the test, they can be replaced by other institutions
that are more free and more just, as has happened often
in the past.
aim of education is to enable individuals to continue
their education ... (and) the object and reward of learning
is continued capacity for growth. Now this idea cannot
be applied to all the members of a society except where
intercourse of man with man is mutual, and except where
there is adequate provision for the reconstruction of
social habits and institutions by means of wide stimulation
arising from equitably distributed interests. And this
means a democratic society.
What is the most powerful lever you can imagine? A
big idea, but only if it’s in the hands of a truly
outstanding entrepreneur. It starts with the person
and the idea, and then grows to the institution. All
three are intertwined.
institution can possibly survive if it needs geniuses
or supermen to manage it. It must be organized in
such a way as to be able to get along under a leadership
composed of average human beings.
we need is a tough new kind of feminism with no illusions.
Women do not change institutions simply by assimilating
into them. We need a feminism that teaches a woman
to say no - not just to the date rapist or overly
insistent boyfriend but, when necessary, to the military
or corporate hierarchy within which she finds herself.
We need a kind of feminism that aims not just to assimilate
into the institutions that men have created over the
centuries, but to infiltrate and subvert them.
kind of peaceful cooperation among men is primarily
based on mutual trust and only secondarily on institutions
such as courts of justice and police”
were made for something cosmic and will not fit peacefully
into anything much smaller. And when we try to build
our lives around anything much smaller than cosmos we
become grotesque, and our institutions, be they religious
or familial or educational or governmental are asked
to do too much. They become misshapen and malformed
and turn into instruments of cosmic and personal destruction.
leadership has to be focused on some very radical
ideas that only we as 21st Century people can talk
about: making sure people have a livelihood, making
sure people receive a living wage, making sure the
environment, the Mother Earth, is embraced and cherished
and not destroyed. Making sure people are healthy
in what they eat, making sure we hold people and corporations
accountable for the damage they do not only to our
environment but to our institutions."
as private corporations remain the dominant production institution
no matter who is in power, the long-run trend in society
will be to promote the corporate interest.
-- Michael Harrington
nations must be organized internationally and induced
to enter into partnership, subordinating in some measure
national sovereignty to worldwide institutions and
at the very point in time when a 400-year old age is dying
and another is struggling to be born - a shifting of culture,
science, society, and institutions enormously greater than
the world has ever experienced. Ahead, the possibility of
the regeneration of individuality, liberty, community and
ethics such as the world has never know, and a harmony with
nature, with one another, and with the divine intelligence
such as the world has never dreamed.
-- Dee Ward Hock, founder of Visa
the institutions of money rule the world, it is perhaps
inevitable that the interests of money will take precedence
over the interests of people. What we are experiencing
might best be described as a case of money colonizing
life. To accept this absurd distortion of human institutions
and purpose should be considered nothing less than
an act of collective, suicidal insanity."
nuclear free status is a statement of our belief that
we and our fellow human beings can build the institutions
which will one day allow us all to renounce the weapons
of mass destruction. We are a small country and what
we can do is limited. But in this as in every other
great issue, we have to start somewhere.
Without general elections, without unrestricted freedom
of press and assembly, without a free struggle of
opinion, life dies out in every public institution,
becomes a mere semblance of life, in which only the
bureaucracy remains as the active element.
policy is directed not against any country or doctrine
but against hunger, poverty, desperation and chaos.
Its purpose should be the revival of a working economy
in the world so as to permit the emergence of political
and social conditions in which free institutions can
C. Marshall (1880-1959)
our country, the large corporations are the dominant
institution. They comprise the strongest, consistent,
generic power in the land. They share a high degree
of coordinated values. Their power is all the more remarkable
in its resiliency and ability to accommodate or absorb
other challenging power centers such as big government
and organized labor in ways that turn an additional
profit, erect an additional privilege, or acquire protective
mechanisms to ward off new pressures for change or reform."
most important thing an institution does is not to prepare
a student for a career but for a life as a citizen."
-- Frank Newman
problems may often seem intractable but they are not
insoluble. In our experience there are two basic prerequisites
for solution: the political will of leaders to tackle
the causes and to settle for peace, and international
determination to push for peace and then to consolidate
it. Consolidating peace means helping societies emerging
from war to reintegrate refugees in safety and dignity,
to rebuild their institutions - including in the field
of justice and human rights - and to resume their
aim of political institutions like the United Nations
is to draw the line between struggle and conflict
and to make it possible for nations to stay on the
right side of that line…
Perez de Cuellar
the governments are in the pockets of businesses,
who's going to control this most powerful institution?
Business is more powerful than politics, and it's
more powerful than religion. So it's going to have
to be the vigilante consumer.
are capable of regaining our reverence for life, of
replacing the drive to conquer with the will to cooperate,
of remaking our engineered institutions, including
our corporations, into living systems.
many of the wars in history, thousands and thousands
of them for the past five, six, seven thousand years,
have been related to differences in Truth claims.
If we can evolve beyond that problem, then I think
there's some chance that we could retire the whole
institution of war and begin to focus on the peaceful
evolution of humanity.
is the one international institution we have in which
governments get together to work collectively for
a common purpose. International crises, by definition,
require international solutions. Peacekeeping is a
response to conflict, is a response to situations
in which often it is not the business of any one particular
country to get into. It seems to me, therefore, that
the world will for the foreseeable future need peacekeeping.
reality is that international institutions like the
UN can only be as effective as its members allow it
are not acts of God. They are caused by man, by man-made
institutions, by the way in which man has organized his
society. What man has made, man can change.
-- Frederic Moore Vinson
eager and often inconsiderate appeals of reformers
and revolutionists are indispensable to counterbalance
the inertia and fossilism marking so large a part
of human institutions.