Finding the underlying logic that could link the various movements and drive a global movement
A great number of existing movements for change manifest and advocate different ways of caring for commons (embodied in the object of their activism, whether social, cultural, economic or environmental), following their own preferences and action logics, and making the expression of the future we each want so specific and diverse. Each of these movements however, in its own way, protects, nurtures and grows a 'piece' or perspective of the commons. Finding how they do so and how the commons logic can help their action, and finding how these actions converge to strengthen the commons as a whole could help find the link that would bring together all our movements into a global citizen's movement.
In 1973, a team of researchers from Stanford university established that cultural transformations occured with the presence of a strong image to embody change and crystallize imagination and action toward new visions of the world:
"Images of humankind that are dominant in a culture are of fundamental importance because they underlie the ways in which the society shapes its institutions, educates its young, and goes about whatever it perceives its business to be. Changes in these images are of particular concern at the present time because our industrial society may be on the threshold of a transformation as profound as that which came to Europe when the Medieval Age gave way to the rise of science and the Industrial Revolution."
- Changing Image of man (http://www.imaginalvisioning.com/changing-images-of-man/) -Stanford research institute
The survey sugested a provisional list of six characteristics for a transition informing image (http://noetic.org/noetic/issue-six-january/staying-resilient-in-a-wild-card-world/) necessary to guide the current transition:
provide a holistic sense and perspective on life
entail an ecological ethic
entail a self-realization ethic
be multileveled, multifaceted, and integrative
lead to a balancing and coordinating of satisfactions along many dimensions
be experiential, experimental and open-ended
The commons encompass much of these characteristics. The logic of the commons adds to sustainability and resilience a common purpose or interest, the dimension of mutuality -the networks of things we can do with and for each other-, and a vision of the whole where humanity is meant to realize our potential and thrive. It can speak to our logic and reason as much as to our intuitions and emotions. As it speaks many languages, it can find an expression in many action logics, aspirations and streams of initiatives that strive to create a better world, so that people from where ever they are located can learn and do what they feel the urge to do, and the system itself will put things together.