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WHY INTERDEPENDENCE ?
The old aspiration? Independence. The new reality: Interdependence.
Every challenge we face today from climate and crime to technology and markets, and communications and public health is global in character. Yet the institutions of democracy we rely on to address these challenges are still locked up inside sovereign states pursuing the old logic of independence. But in an interdependent world of diseases without borders, we also need citizens without borders – democracy without borders. Which means if we are to survive interdependence and flourish in liberty, we must either globalize democracy or democratize globalization.
Interdependence Movement screening of Girl Rising at Berkshire International Film Festival -- 6/1/13
Leah and Benjamin Barber and the Interdependence Movement, Kelley Vickery and BIFF, and 10 x 10 presented a very special screening and panel discussion with notable political, media and cultural figures on Saturday, June 1st at 6pm at the Mahaiwe Theater in Great Barrington around the remarkable new documentary "Girl Rising."
This groundbreaking film, directed by Academy Award nominee Richard Robbins, tells the stories of 9 extraordinary girls from 9 countries – striving beyond circumstance, pushing past limits. Their dreams, their voices, their remarkable lives are captured in a moving film about the strength of the human spirit and the power of education to change the world. The stories are written by renowned writers from each girl's country and narrated by esteemed actors including Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway, and Frieda Pinto and Liam Neeson.
The panel spoke to a full audience at this sold out show and was moderated by Benjamin Barber, public intellectual and author of Jihad vs. McWorld and If Mayors Ruled the World; panelists included Tom Yellin, executive producer of Girl Rising and 10 x 10; Carol Gilligan, noted feminist, psychologist and author of In a Different Voice; Shabana Basij-Rasikh, a 10 x 10 Global Ambassador and Managing Director of SOLA (School of Leadership, Afghanistan); and Maaza Mengiste, one of the film's remarkable writers.
Building the Global Parliament of Mayors in Seoul, South Korea 3/24/13 - 3/27/13
From March 24th to 27th, 2013, Dr. Benjamin Barber and Leah Barber visited the city of Seoul –- capital of South Korea, home to 15 million people, and one of the fastest growing metropolitan areas on Earth. Their first two days were full of activity, ranging from Dr. Barber's talk on "Education in an Interdependent Age" at the Seoul Press Center to his keynote address at CITYNET's (a prominent global city network) annual secretariat meeting at the Seoul Global Center. The Barbers even had a private meeting with the Mayor of Seoul, Won-Soon Park, in his office. However, one of the most important events of this visit took place on Wednesday – the first meeting convened to lay the groundwork for a Global Parliament of Mayors.
Near the top of Seoul's visually-striking city hall, more than a dozen leaders in the government, non-profit, academic, and business fields sat to discuss strategic and tactical issues regarding Dr. Barber's proposed Global Parliament of Mayors. Among the issues raised were - what is the unique value that an GPM would contribute in a world already full of city networks? What would the funding mechanism be for such an institution? What is in it for mayors, bureaucrats, and ordinary citizens to support this endeavor? By raising and attempting to answer these and many more challenging questions, the road to establishing a Global Parliament of Mayors has become just a little bit shorter. Altogether, the trip to Seoul was rewarding, productive, and provides an excellent precedent for future GPM meetings to come. Gamsa Hamnida, Seoul!
Forward on Climate in Washington, DC with the Sierra Club and 350.org - 2/17/13
Crippling drought. Devastating wildfires. Superstorm Sandy. Climate has come home -- and the American people get it.
On Sunday, February 17, tens of thousands of Americans gathered in Washington, D.C., making Forward on Climate the largest climate rally in history. The Interdependence Movement joined this action as an ally and partner together will countless other global citizens. For more information, please see here: http://forwardonclimate.org/
Benjamin Barber's Inaugural Lecture at the CUNY Graduate Center - 1/29/13
On January 29th, Benjamin Barber was joined by host Kathleen D. McCarthy (director, Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society) and discussant Frances Fox Piven to offer a provocative summary of the argument in his forthcoming book for Yale University Press, If Mayors Ruled the World - an argument that has already evoked widespread comment from scholars, pundits and mayors around the world.
This event, marking Dr. Barber's new role at the Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society, was an exciting and newsworthy debate about the role of cities and intercity cooperation in a world that he contends is no longer effectively governed by traditional sovereign nation-states. To watch the full lecture, please see the video below.
Co-sponsored with the Gotham Center for New York History, The Graduate Center, CUNY
To listen to Dr. Barber's radio interview earlier that day with Brian Lehrer of WNYC, click play below:
350.org's Do the Math Tour in New York 11/16/12
Our friends at 350.org hit the road with a series by their founder, noted author and longtime Interdependence Movement collaborator Bill McKibben. The Do The Math tour made a stop at the Manhattan Center Hammerstein Ballroom in New York on 11/16/12 with the Interdependence Movement as a co-sponsor.
New Film "Engage" by Tiffany Shlain Premiers At Interdependence Day Los Angeles
On Saturday, September 8, in the Cocoanut Grove Theater of the Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools, Tiffany Shlain's new short film ENGAGE had its world premiere. As a highlight of three days of Interdependence Day events in Los Angeles held from September 8 - 10 at the RFK Community Schools, Lafayette Park, the Levitt Pavilion - MacArthur Park, and LA City Hall, this event was attended by distinguished speakers and guests from the public. Now, ENGAGE has been released publically on YouTube for the world to see.
Let it Ripple: Mobile Films For Global Change is a digital short film series created by filmmaker, artist, internet pioneer and Webby Awards Founder Tiffany Shlain. The series provides free, socially minded, short films that engage and connect people around social, political, and cultural issues shaping the world around us to nonprofit organizations across the globe. To describe this new genre of filmmaking, Tiffany Shlain and her film studio have coined the term Cloud Filmmaking: using the cloud to collaboratively create films, then using the cloud to translate and cater versions of those films to help organizations around the world.
ENGAGE, the second film in the series, focuses on the importance of engaging in society and premieres in the fall on Interdependence Day and in the run-up to the United States presidential election. Its predecessor in the film series, A Declaration of Interdependence, premiered on September 12, 2011 at 3LD Art & Technology Center in New York City as part of Interdependence Day celebrations that year.
September 12 Proclaimed Interdependence Day in Los Angeles
On September 10th, 2012, at City Hall, Los Angeles City Councilmember Tom LaBonge read a proclamation by the Los Angeles City Council making September 12th "Interdependence Day" in the City of Los Angeles. The full text of the proclamation is below:
WHEREAS, we live in an ever more global and interdependent world in which the destiny of peoples and nations are linked together; and
WHEREAS, our local and national challenges from climate change and health pandemics to terrorism and crime, from markets and immigration to technology innovation and financial risk, are global and interdependent in character; and
WHEREAS, no single nation however powerful and free can meet these challenges or secure its future liberty and security by itself; and
WHEREAS, cooperation between peoples and nations has become a necessity of survival in an interdependent world whose fate as a planet we will all share; and
WHEREAS, the great city of Los Angeles like other global cities throughout the world understands the need for inter-city and international cooperation and works with civil society, arts organizations, the business community and all the citizens of the city to realize such cooperation; and
WHEREAS, Los Angeles is a city of unprecedented diversity and multiculturalism with a population 40% of which was born abroad and 60% of whom speak a language at home other than and in addition to English, and also a city with deep affinities to its neighbors to the South and across the Pacific; and
WHEREAS, the Interdependence Movement is holding its tenth anniversary celebration of Interdependence Day September 8-10th in Los Angeles at the Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools, the Levitt Pavilion in MacArthur Park, HOLA in Lafayette Park, and City Hall with thousands of individuals and groups reflecting the great multicultural character of the city,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that in the adoption of this Resolution, the Council of the City of Los Angeles hereby declare September 12, 2012 as Interdependence Day in the City of Los Angeles.
Luis Derbez wins the 2012 Interdependence Prize
Luis Ernesto Derbez Bautista, President of Universidad de las Américas Puebla (UDLAP) and former Secretary of Foreign Affairs and Secretary of Economy of Mexico, has been awarded the 2012 Interdependence Prize by CivWorld. Benjamin R. Barber, President of CivWorld, stated that this award was given to Dr. Derbez for his pursuit of "peace, justice, and global comity for all with the ardor of a true interdependent" throughout his career in education, politics, and diplomacy. The ceremony took place at the close of three days of celebration for Interdependence Day in Los Angeles, in Los Angeles City Hall with the presence of Deputy Mayor for Strategic Partnerships Aileen Adams, Councilman Tom LaBonge, various distinguished speakers and guests from the public.
The prize is awarded annually to an advocate who is deeply engaged in the work of interdependence. Past winners include: Harry Belafonte, musician and Civil Rights activist; Adam Michnik, co-founder of the Polish opposition trade union movement Solidarność (Solidarity) and editor-in-chief of Gazeta Wyborcza; Chiara Lubich, founder of the ecumenical Catholic Focolare Movement; Lord Bhikhu Parekh, former chairman of the British Council on Racial Equality and Life Peer at the British House of Lords; Tavis Smiley, American broadcaster and author; Imam Abduljalil Sajid, Chairman of the Muslim Council for Religious and Racial Harmony UK (MCRRH); and most recently in 2011, Jacqueline Z. Davis, the Executive Director of the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts and Chairperson of the Interdependence Movement Executive Committee.
The Interdependence Prize is designed and crafted by the world-famous Mexican sculptor Sebastián and was generously donated by the Fundación Sebastian to the Interdependence Movement on his behalf.