Calling All World Citizens!



Citizens in the streets of the world are crying out for JUSTICE, HUMAN RIGHTS & DEMOCRACY. Yet even when the old rulers fall, they've been replaced by the military or other rulers who just dish out more of the same -- oppression, bureaucracy, riches for the few, exploitation of nature, and money policy based on unsustainable growth, debt, and war. Why? Because such universal concepts as "democracy" and "justice" cannot be realized in an 18th century, dysfunctional, war-dominated and artificial political entity called a "nation." As long as we allow the old order to artificially divide us into nationalities, the true power of the people will never be realized. The only way people can truly claim our power is to move beyond protest and rebellion to become the creators and founders of a new way for we-the-people to run our small planet. We need to find a way not to just change rulers, but to transcend the entire broken system of nation-states and ask the question, "How can we, as sovereign world citizens, govern our world?"

The first step has already been taken. In 1948 the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), adopted unanimously by the United Nations, stated "Everyone is entitled to a social and international order" which can protect human rights and freedoms. It called on "every individual" to take "progressive measures both national and international" to secure these rights. Eleanor Roosevelt, the US delegate to the UN, went further and wrote,"How very much better it would be if Mr. Davis would set up his own governmental organization and start then and there a worldwide international government. . . " So, in 1953, with more than 750,000 people signed up as World Citizens, Garry Davis declared the "World Government of World Citizens."

The new government established the World Service Authority (WSA) in Washington DC, as the microcosmic beginning of a new model for a people-powered world. It started by giving people a way to identify themselves as world citizens by obtaining world ID's, Passports, Birth certificates and other documents based upon the UDHR.

Buckminster Fuller, design-science philosopher, wrote that, "You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete."

Inspired by Fuller, WSA's Commissioner of World Cybernetics Stafford Beer invented a protocol for self-organization and self-government of citizens based on the organizational model of the geodesic sphere. In 28 cities on 4 continents -- over 500 volunteers joining together in syntegrations to answer the question: How can we, sovereign world citizens, govern our world? (World Syntegrity Project page)

Syntegration is a transparent, evolving method to unite your desires, as an individual with members of a world community of fellow humans -- much like a symphony orchestra is composed both of individual instrumentalists and functions as a whole at the same time.

With the digital technology, world citizen agreements, knowledge and actions are inter-connected in the frontierless "technosphere" -- the planetary real-time knowledge-enriched collective intelligence commons of humanity. We are seeing the first waves of citizen-centered connectivity. The World Syntegrity Project 4.0 offers world citizens a tool to go from unstructured "NO" to coherent "YES." The basis of YES for humanity is expressed in the Declaration of Human Rights. Your agreement to act as a world citizen is expressed in the Statement of Allegiance (see Appendix 1 below or web-site registration form for world citizen registration World Citizen registration page.)

The aim of WSP 4.0 is to provide a governance space to enable world citizens to focus on and achieve specific Crossover actions based on the recognition of humanity and Planet Earth as sovereign.

When you meet in a World Syntegrity gathering, you are in the Global Commons as declared world citizens seeking the agreements and actions that realize the challenge of the core question: It unites those who "enter" OUR GLOBAL SPACE with all other world citizens who recognize the legitimacy of this space. The collective intelligence of humanity can be focused effectively to find and enact the Crossover actions that enable individuals-in-society to make it successfully to a viable 21st century future.

The democratic structure of the meetings in the geometric form of the icosahedron allows 30 individuals of diverse backgrounds, cultures and social status to join in a disciplined holistic framework to arrive at a whole-system answer to the World Citizen Question. The properties of the icosahedron provide a decision and agreement space that is equal for all, transparent, high-connect, high-speed, high-participation, non-hierarchical self-government.

Any group of world citizens are offered the use the WSP protocol within the terms of reference of the world government principles inherent in the Declaration of Human Rights and the Pledge of Allegiance. The inter-connectivity of the outcomes and the accelerating integration of collective intelligence are necessary conditions for locating effective, feasible solutions that include the legitimacy of a whole planet perspective. Humanity enters the 21st century with its survival in question. AND Humanity enters the 21st century with the knowledge and tools to make a successful Crossover.

Today, we all act as citizens of the world on behalf of all generations to follow. People who recognize and declare this dimension of responsibility to humanity are welcome to use syntegrity to build fast-alignment agreements to move together on a Core Crossover in their place in the world.[1]

The protocol is available from WSP 4.0 for world citizen use. We are looking for co-researchers-in-action to build the continuous learning system that connects the syntegrity follow-throughs with other world citizens to enable coherent, transparent, sociocratic, simultaneous Crossover.

The results of the original 1993 "Infosets" were transferred daily to the WSA's site for all the world to peruse. What became most striking from the first round of World Syntegrity Project "Infosets" was the similarity of concerns addressed in diverse parts of the world. In many cases, infoset participants in far-flung locales arrived at nearly identical conclusions. Ecological preservation, multicultural diversity, drug legalization and economic responsibility were just a few of the issues addressed in common by the various infosets. This was in 1993 -- before the omni-presence of the World Wide Web. These same issues are now real-time, front-line news -- 20 years further along, and, mostly, 20 years further down the wrong road.

Let us suppose that in Cairo, Alexandria, Tunis, Tripoli, Damascus, Tokyo, Baghdad, Jerusalem, Gaza City, Tehran, Baghdad, Riyadh, Jeddah, Geneva, Manchester, etc., etc., 30 people gathered for three days using the icosahedron as model to "play" the game, "Syntegration," generating answers to the prime question:

"How can we, as sovereign world citizens living in world cities, co-govern our way forward to a viable society/world partnership?"


Join other world citizens and create the outcomes that matter together.

WSP 4.0 will connect answers, concepts, people and action, over the next 3 years to:

Article 19 of the UDHR, to which all Member-States of the UN are subject, provides that "Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion. . ." while Article 20 provides that "Everyone has the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and association." The issue is one of sovereign right. Every national constitution with the exception of Saudi Arabia, provides that its original power derives from the people. Whether or not a particular government leader prohibited such an innocent group to address this prime question, he/she could not, given the universality of the event and the ubiquitous media coverage, sustain an objection for long.

As "World Citizen No. 1," I, here and now, propose the ambitious program (Raise the world "flag" and see who salutes!). We have designed a citizen-centered world future to enable the world's billionaires to end their wealth journey by doing good for the next 7 generations. World citizens, at all levels, can and will tackle the issues of human survival facing humanity. We have worked more than 60 years to articulate the principles, practices, and protocols of world citizenship. Governing world citizens have created a resource bank in 5 major areas. We are now re-activating the World Syntegrity Project to amplify and integrate the values of sovereign world citizenship in transcending the nation state traps we are all in. We are transparent and accountable for our resource use, and non-hierarchical, high-interactive in our world citizen learning system. The planet is leaving us behind as we sweep: The POWER IS NOW!

All aboard Spaceship Earth.

Garry Davis

[1] Crossover signifies that the dimension of World is core to where we are moving as a species. WSP 4.0 focus for the next 3 years is to enable citizens of the world to make the specific, significant FROM-TO decisions relevant to their situation and its place in the World. All Crossover Questions include Planet as relevant recursion and all Coherent Sets are government-in-action experiments. WSP 4.0 is in a learning-in-action phase and is currently designing a Continuous Improvement Learning System for syntegrated world citizenry.

[2] This, of course, has to be designed and implemented. Thus a Crossover Question: How can we, as sovereign world citizens, co-create a reciprocal value-exchange economy to accelerate successful Crossover to self-governing, non-hierarchical systems of government on planet Earth? Each question comes out of the hosts of the event, a unique variation of our Earth generic question: How can we, as sovereign world citizens, govern our world together? This question is asked in an area of application (e.g. Arctic Ocean; e.g. particular culture or country; e.g. World Tourism Association, etc.) and is open to others to join, co-create, co-own responsibilities and rewards, etc.

Appendix 1 Credo and Affirmation of World Citizenship

A World Citizen is a human being who lives intellectually, morally and physically in the present. A World Citizen accepts the dynamic fact that the planetary human community is interdependent and whole, that humankind is essentially one. A World Citizen is a peaceful and peacemaking individual, both in daily life and contacts with others. As a global person, a World Citizen relates directly to humankind and to all fellow humans spontaneously, generously and openly. Mutual trust is basic to his/her lifestyle. Politically, a World Citizen accepts a sanctioning institution of representative government, expressing the general and individual sovereign will in order to establish and maintain a system of just and equitable world law with appropriate legislative, judiciary and enforcement bodies. A World Citizen brings about better understanding and protection of different cultures, ethnic groups and language communities by promoting the use of a neutral international language, such as Esperanto. A World Citizen makes this world a better place to live in harmoniously by studying and respecting the viewpoints of fellow citizens from anywhere in the world.


I, the undersigned, do hereby, willingly and consciously, declare myself to be a Citizen of the World. As a World Citizen, I affirm my planetary civic commitment to WORLD GOVERNMENT, founded on three universal principles of One Absolute Value, One World, and One Humanity which constitute the basis of World Law. As a World Citizen I acknowledge the WORLD GOVERNMENT as having the right and duty to represent me in all that concerns the General Good of humankind and the Good of All. As a Citizen of World Government, I affirm my awareness of my inherent responsibilities and rights as a legitimate member of the total world community of all men, women, and children, and will endeavor to fulfill and practice these whenever and wherever the opportunity presents itself. As a Citizen of World Government, I recognize and reaffirm citizenship loyalties and responsibilities within the communal state, and/or national groupings consistent with the principles of unity above which constitute now my planetary civic commitment.


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