Change begins by appreciating the need to question what doesn't work. Next to placing the blame on the elites for all our problems, it's time to questions how efficient our methods of resisting are, and how they are organized. We believe that we have to rethink our whole approach to Activism, if we are to move.
Repeace is an intuitive, practical strategy for social engagement and global solidarity, centered around values, not issues. Repeace uses modern communication techniques to reorganize activism, and offers to agents of change a global identification, that breaks down the natural barriers of language, political preference, ideology, religion or cause.
As a broadly framed, positive “CAMPAIGN OF RESPONSIBILITY,” Repeace suggests to reorganize Activism as a global campaign, whose aim has always been to relieve, resolve conflicts. Repeace has been a pioneering approach to Activism, on a new communication platform for leaderless agency since its inception, back in 2009, before the waves of public outcry seen in Egypt (Tahrir Square), USA (Occupy), etcetera. Repeace and the proactive strategy of gathering all public outcry behind the 3 repeace commitments, can unite a very divided world of progressive action, without protests, fill the void left by the dissolution of Occupy Wall Street, and unstuck global Activism with a strategy that is cohesive, efficient and replicable for most countries.
The urgency to revisit the entire institution of social change, is due to the lack of formal results by our largest organizations and the appreciation that traditional methods of Activism simply fail to deliver change. As noted by Chris Hedges, the largest, past U.S. movements, and all current forms of social resistance / popular uprising, were unable to produce formal reforms (*). Activism, as it is currently organized, struggles to motivate and mobilize sizable resistance. Repeace can do it, by offering to international Occupation movements a viable alternative of proactive social engagement and immediate benefits, without direct confrontations and the resulting violence.
The logic behind this approach, simple and timeless, is expressed in the narratives of our vision (here). The frustrating state of pervasive institutional corruption, paired with a growing sense of helplessness, felt inside global activism, give to the #Repeace strategy a relevance that keeps growing by the month.
Repeace employs applied social psychology and 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 thousands of different causes and conflicting political views behind the values, we all share. This is perfectly in sync with the observations about the "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 citizens, and implements them with 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.
Repeace is unconventional, unspecific, therefore global
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).