international Social charter
i would like a definition of "Peer", read on to see what I mean.
Thanks to Stacco Troncoso and Simon Grant for drawing attention to P2P International Social Charter. Brief comment - good document - covers ground not covered by UN Declaration on Human Rights. BUT does not mention Rights - so often poorly understood. It is hard to express briefly, this thought below is a work in progress. in my view the implicit message of UN doc is that RIGHTS ARE TO BE ACCORDED TO OTHERS [include self as another in society maybe] but are often grasped/promoted as ONLY for the self, or ones own group. The doc which does a better job might be the UN Rights of the Child because this doc explicitly gets around to the need for PARTICIPATION - that all children i.e dependents should be participants in that which concerns them.
By extension (my view), everyone, (even those of whatever mindsets, but especially those caught in circumstances created by systems) need explicit mention of participation. This matters for all who at whatever stage and context of their lives are dependent on others. Think sexism, racism, disablism etc as strong examples of how this works and own that even "white men" need others as was rather nicely put by the person who wrote "Who Cooked Adam Smiths Dinner".
So, would the P2P document not be very much improved by an explicit recognition - DEFINTION? - of what is meant by the essential word PEER, and link that with the right of all to participation. I hope peer never means equal in status or capacity to articulate - but is instead equal in human right to participate and might show how their participation will be sought. Could a definition of PEER be used to acknowledge that commons thinking is a "how" to enable rights? At the same time showing acceptance of responsibility for all of us existing in the present discriminatory systems and could bring many such as the non-techy who don't have a clue about networked distributory systems .
Off my hobby horse and into particular - you probably know about the US transition movement who have recently launched online "trainings" to help other groups - I don't know what this would be like, some cost to join, http://transitionus.org/event/transition-launch-online-training .
We can only begin with where we are at, most of what I do is in my US home, not connected with transition as there is not yet sufficient move from others to do so. I found a book https://revolutionwhereyoulive.org/the-book-the-revolution-where-you-live/ that has very little connection with the big ideas or technological advance and systems networking BUT ORDINARY PEOPLE I KNOW LIKE IT. This seems to me the most important task, to find out how to bring the mindset of P2P type thinking to those who are just doing their living their way, often human and networked, though not named as such. Some of my own thoughts are posted here https://wp.me/p1KgFC-pj and I will try to share what is relevant from the activity that takes place in Block Island, RI, USA.
In the meantime, think about what "peer" means to people who hear it without the definition you intend, and thanks for reading:
"Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul
And sings the tune without the words
And never stops at all"
- Emily Dickinson