We are a group of people engaged in different experiences of activism and volunteering for the climate action and for social support (Associazione Laudato Si, EcoIstituto Valle del Ticino, Friday for Future, Agende Rosse, Legambiente, YOUnicef, observers from YOUNGO..).
We believe in a socially and ecologically sustainable future where our society will live in balance with our planet and with all its inhabitants.
We believe a better future is possible.
Our “Charter of Values” inspires our action.
After the postponement of COP 26 (the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change 26th Conference of the Parties), we felt we need to “join forces” and address the decision-making void. Thus, in March 2020 we created the Climate Social Forum project with the aim to discuss the consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic in a warming world, and propose solutions.
The Climate Social Forum is a free and inclusive universal assembly. Our goal is to create a virtual “agora” where activists, citizens, and experts can propose actions and stimulate national governments and local administrations to build an ecologically sustainable future.
The virtual agora will consist of online events (web conferences, virtual meetings, etc…) to encourage the exchange of ideas and proposals. We want to create a space for dialogue between different realities that can generate shared proposals to be developed at local, national and global level.
To do this we rely on some guiding principles for participation.
LISTEN – GENERATIVITY – SOLUTION
It is important to follow everyone’s opinion on convergence with their common position. The common position may be different from the position of a single person, but not opposite or opposite.Approach to the message of group opinion and an important “group” position that supports individual opinion
The process of creating the initiative while remaining coherent with itself must be inclusive, that is to welcome everyone’s opinions in diversity from a “contributory” perspective. Each vision, even the opposite one, can represent additional information to reach the final solution or decision
The discussion can be generative if placed on a level of mutual trust and trust in the process. Trust in the other: those who decide to join the process, even from different paths, can have the same goal. Trust in the process: it is not important who arrives before or after, but to get there together as a group and to trust until proven otherwise that the group can go towards the common goal
Principle of focus on the solution
“No matter how long it may be, the important thing is to have a clear goal”. Both for the final objective – in a working group or in a meeting – it’s important to focus on the total or partial goal that you want to achieve. Even if it can be worth, it is important spend some time to focus the ultimate goal, before starting to walk or run.
Debate and discussion are the engine of the process, as well as positive conflict or contrappositions. But they can only be so, if something arises from conflict and discussion. They must be generative: the comparison can enrich and generate unexpected solutions for themselves, for the group, for the final goal. Partial solutions or results can contribute constructively to the general solution
Whether online or offline by joining the process, we share a space (physical or virtual) and time that allow us to relate internally and externally. Respect everyone’s time, time dedicated by everyone, and the time within which an internal or external interaction may be required of the group or initiative. This also includes compliance with internal and external deadlines that have been shared
Principle of the relationship with if and with the group
If we decide to join the initiative, we decide to put ourselves in relationship with a group. It is important to express ourselves and feel comfortable in the group in the relationship with the group itself. It is important to put the group in the condition to be able to best welcome our contribution It is important that the group has the best conditions for accepting contributions
“WE ARE ALL ON THE SAME BOAT, ONLY IF WE REMAIN TOGETHER WE COULD PREVENT THE STORM FROM HAPPENING” (Francesco I)
Talanoa is a traditional word used in Fiji and throughout the Pacific to reflect an inclusive, participatory and transparent dialogue process.
Talanoa’s goal is to share stories, build empathy and make wise decisions for the collective good. The Talanoa process involves sharing ideas, skills and experience.
During the process, participants build trust and advance knowledge through empathy and understanding. Blaming others and making critical observations are incompatible with building mutual trust and respect, and therefore at odds with the concept of Talanoa. Talanoa promotes stability and inclusion in dialogue, creating a safe space that embraces mutual respect for a platform for decision making for a greater good .
From COP23 The Talanoa dialogue is also one of the methodologies used in the conferences of the parties during traditional negotiations to arrive at a common solution that involves the participation of all the parties involved.
It was also used in the Cumbre Social por el Clima Latino americana
Taking up the indigenous tradition of the Fiji islands is based on three questions
Sitting in a peer circle the questions are:
- Where we are? (what is the state of the art)
- Where do we want to go? (what is our goal)
- How do we get there? (method and strategy)