Make Change


By recognising the purpose of fulfilment without harm people can determine that right and wrong are so from reason rather than morals.

The wrong way, and the systems and behaviours that lead from it, are wrong because they ignore the purpose and contravene the principle of no harm; just as the right way, and the systems and behaviours that lead from it, are right because they emphasise the purpose of fulfilment and abide by the principle of no harm.

Fiddling with financial systems, political forms and economic models will make no great difference to a positive future unless the fundamentals are understood and in place, as these are the basis upon which people should view and reference change.

This is a shift in understanding, a change in mind-set, an ideal for all people with no exclusivity. This is a better story in which to frame lives. Society is evolving, the manifesto helps give a framework to that.

The idea of fulfilment without harm cannot prevail solely through the influence of the media to inform opinion, it must be a movement influencing opinion to win the mandate to transform social systems into ones based on fulfilment without harm.

The rebel organisation, or community for change, is a power-decentralised organisation, a common purpose organisation with a centralised, open communication system, invoking people to expose and challenge the pursuit of power and money.

It uses the shifting systems of the web, like Facebook, Twitter, blogs and interlinked websites generally to organically organise and deploy. Its members are ad hoc. They may be fleeting and transitory or stick around. There are no contracts, no controls. Just a common purpose and principle.

Small changes multiply. Any amount of change, to any part, adds to total change. Just as harm leads to damage on every scale from local to global and accumulates in total harm, so does any amount of fulfilment add to total fulfilment.

Change needs to happen everywhere at all levels, but ultimately it is just us, each of us, deciding to realise our potential without harm to others. Insist on flexibility and tolerance. Take a stand. Do what expresses, not what is expected. Organisations should adapt to people, not control people.

In general, people are the same (all human), in particular, all different. It is the differences that makes individuals special, unique and individual. If people give up, surrender or derogate their fulfilment, they submit to the forces that denigrate their individual expression and live lives unfulfilled and unexpressed. The world loses their product and their potential, and they lose themselves.

The struggle will take many forms before rights become accepted norms. The most necessary element of it is communication – voicing rights and insisting on them – until enough are aware that such rights are right and should be adopted not just as an ideal, but as a practical reference for all to understand and agree with.

Many governments have signed on to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, but none have brought the principles fully into play. Although some political leaders make overtures, it will not be until people insist on their rights that they will be instituted in the system.

People have to make change according to the situation they find themselves in. They need to reject harm as well as not harm. Harm is wrong for everyone, and this includes the harm of trying to control others.

People need to work to produce their best contributions and realise their potential in furthering fulfilment for everyone. This is what our system should enable.

Refuse to recognise authority that harms, even if protesting means being harmed. Doing otherwise permits harm. Without recognition of the basic right of all people to fulfilment without harm conflict is inevitable.

Employment contracts must be fair, as between equals, working to a common organisational purpose in line with the common purpose of fulfilment and abiding by the principle of no harm. Time at work and at place of work must be flexible. People must be free to work in the way natural to themselves without harm from others. Look at employment contracts and codes of conduct, and change them to reject the confiscation of ideas, rigidity in work time and place, and compliance with commands.

To assess whether a situation is right or wrong come back to the principle – fulfilment without harm. If the situation causes harm it is wrong and needs to be rectified.

Align everything to fulfilment, close speculation out of markets, divert financial incentive, but not financial signals, and replace them with the incentive of fulfilment by contribution.

Respect calls for a strength that is integral and contained, that does not infringe on others rights, but still protects one’s own.

People will succeed to do the deeds they need to, to achieve what they want to happen, and will do it together. They will do what needs to be done, how it needs to be done, when it needs to be done, where it needs to be done. They will do it because they are clear on their purpose and principle.

If the world is not fair, make it fairer. Unfairness is a challenge, not an excuse.

An authoritarian protest is violent. A democratic protest is peaceful. An authoritarian protest succeeds by violently destroying the opposition. A democratic protest succeeds by expressing the voice of the majority, by pure force of numbers. It succeeds through the strength of its potential.

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[Excerpt from The Common Purpose Manifesto]

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The common purpose, principle and ways are the fundamental message to convey and are not time dependant. They form the basis of The Common Purpose Manifesto.

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[NOTE: This site, and the manifesto, have nothing to do with 'Common Purpose' leadership training in the UK or those that rail against them.]

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