First and foremost – we are human.
It is a basic tenet and understanding that seems to be lost in a world of great uncertainty.
We should celebrate our humanity, but instead we align ourselves with nationality, culture, and ideologies before acknowledging and recognising that we are part of something bigger.
This is not a call for mono-culture, but a call to value the other as much as we value ourselves, to embrace our diversity and declare that we all have something to contribute.
The ‘we are Human’ manifesto expresses a desire for peace and hope.
If we could come to an understanding of who we are, and what we can achieve – then we will begin to address poverty, war and inequality – and the most vulnerable members of our society could be supported to lead whole and rich lives.
we are compassionate
we are diverse
we are creative
we are purposeful
we are hopeful
we are enquiring
we are advocates
we are innovators
we are enablers
we are custodians
we are connected
we are HUMAN.
We live in a time, more than any other time in history, with broad prosperity and longevity of life.
We live in a time, more than any other time in history, where people have access to the tools and resources to have a voice and to be heard.
We live in an age of global information and communication, yet people are increasingly more isolated, and family breakdown is on the rise.
People are working longer hours and face increasing rates of depression, and poor mental health.
Faceless entities and globalisation deliver products and services on demand, yet little is being invested back into communities and there is limited connection with the people and ecosystems that ensure our standards of living are maintained.
Our environment and natural resources are under significant strain.
The rich are getting richer, yet the poor remain very poor.
We need positive change.
“The biggest disease today is… the feeling of being unwanted, uncared for, and deserted by everybody. The greatest evil is the lack of love and charity, the terrible indifference toward one’s neighbour.”1
By diminishing others, we diminish ourselves.
It is not enough to be tolerant.
It is not enough to do no harm.
In 2008, researchers proved the theory that on average we are bound to everyone on this planet by a trail of little more than 6 people.2 This understanding exists as more than a gimmick or a social experiment.
We realise we are part of something bigger than ourselves and that “the only way we can ever be human is together”.3
We strive for a new paradigm that considers and encourages social, economic, cultural and environmental benefits in all human activity.
We actively uphold and seek to realise the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Convention on the Rights of the Child.
We take our passion, skills and networks and give them expression in all areas of our life.
We use our creativity to challenge, to question, to reinvent, to discover new solutions to old and emerging problems.
We use our powers for good, not evil (or indifference).
We work to equip and empower the vulnerable, poor, unheard, and under-valued.
We share the stories that need to be told.
Not the syndicated and dehumanizing violence, mayhem, crime and objectification fed to us through ‘popular’ media. Rather, the stories that dispel myths, communicate ideas, educate, enlighten, heal and unite.
We harness the power of creativity to positively change people’s lives.
Not just to sell more stuff to more people.
We harness the power of entrepreneurship as an agent of community benefit and to redress disadvantage.
We actively promote and equip people, initiatives and services that enrich humanity and create a better future for all.
We endorse this manifesto and seek to share its desire for peace and hope.
1 Mother Teresa
2 The Guardian, 3 August 2008
3 The Most Reverend Desmond M. Tutu