In a world where global interdependence is not simply an aspiration of idealists, but a brute fact of the forces that bind us together—global warming, financial capital, AIDS, telecommunications, crime, migration, and terrorism—many people still think in narrow, insular terms.
Reality is global, but consciousness too often remains local - constrained by town and nation.
In the year 2000, a small group of scholars, civic and political leaders, and artists from a dozen nations met to design a program that might help raise consciousness around the realities and possibilities of interdependence. Their efforts were given impetus by the tragic events of September 11, 2001, and the group created a project that would:
Make September 12, the day following the memorial of 9/11, an international celebration of interdependence as "Interdependence Day";
Draw up a "Declaration of Interdependence", making clear that both liberty and security require cooperation among peoples and nations and can no longer be secured by sovereign nations working unilaterally;
Develop a Civic Interdependence Curriculum that would make interdependence a central concept in Civics and Social Studies programs in as many middle and high schools around the world as possible.
Since then Interdependence Day has been celebrated for 10 years in 10 global cities and dozens of other locations. The celebration of Interdependence Day has in turn generated a wider movement, the Interdependence Movement, which has a year-round focus.