Deconstructing Democracy

Co-Creating Eco-Governance

By: Shelley Ostroff

Edited: Kelly Schlesinger

Table of Contents

Introduction - Democracy and Beyond

Part 3 - Co-Creating Eco-Governance - Coming Soon

Democracy and Beyond

A new consciousness is developing which sees the earth as a single organism and recognizes that an organism at war with itself is doomed. We are one planet. Carl Sagan - The Inspiration Journey


As the threats to people and planet spiral exponentially and we face the destruction of life as we know it, it is clear that we need a radically new governing system that puts the healing and rehabilitation of our interconnected world as the collective priority.  The health of people and planet has been ruthlessly compromised by our current governance systems based on ideas of separateness, hierarchy, privilege and domination that abuse human and planetary resources for the benefit of a few.

It is time to articulate a new governance system – an interconnected, coherent system of local and global eco-governance for the well-being of all.

What would such a radically new system look like? How can we reverse the global disease and destruction and offer hope for a flourishing future? How can we extricate ourselves from the grips of the mainstream mindset and  those that have hijacked the political, legal and financial resources of most governments?  How can we reclaim the power of governance for the benefit of the whole?


In the face of vast global crises, people are uniting across boundaries to protest current systems and articulate alternatives. When the environment is diseased and dying, people across the world suffer and die. The immensity of global threats confront us now more than ever with our shared destiny. We can no longer believe that we can export our violence and pollution and remain immune to the consequences.

Wherever there is privilege, oppression and imbalance there will be disease.  Where all feel safety, hope and the ability to contribute their talents to a better world for all, there will be peace and vitality.  Coming together beyond self-interest to collective wellness is the only way forward.

People across the world are saying a collective NO to the current system. Now we need to articulate a compelling alternative to mobilize a collective YES. With a powerful and pragmatic  vision, social media and a range of existing technologies, we can together overthrow unjust laws, redistribute resources and implement healthy practices in a way that best serves the healing of the planet and a thriving future for all.


To articulate a new form of governance it is essential that we first deconstruct the wide range of assumptions that drive our existing democratic and non-democratic societies. We must distil the wisdom from the suffering and devastation, and integrate the lessons into a new system - a system based on a mindset that cultivates life and puts the planet and all its inhabitants first.


As we witness the current systems implode from within, leaders from all walks of life are rising to offer new pathways.


As daunting as the task may seem, the ideas, information, technology and people are in place to make it happen. What we need now is to co-create a compelling vision and coherent process for the radical uncompromising healing and flourishing of life on the planet.


Practicing integrity of body, soul, community, planet and beyond . . .

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