Global Civil Society

Civility and peace will always be important ideals to have when communicating differences and narratives about loss, economic struggle, and political and social instability. One of the reasons there is great loss, struggle, and instability I think is because of the lack of discourse and civil society surrounding personal differences and shared values. Countries aren’t in touch with each others’ needs and values, but rather their resources and economic opportunities.

I believe civil society rises out of this exploitation as individuals cry out their stories in efforts to humanize themselves to countries that deliberately look at them as a whole rather than individuals of a variety of backgrounds, ethnicity, religious practices, cuisine, and so on.

Civil society can also be understood globally. And I personally think that there is a need for a global civil society because of the fact that developed countries are always meddling in the affairs of countries who are no where near them. Global civil society directly responds to this notion and prompts countries like the United States to hear about the narratives in Sudan or Argentina, that of which they capitalize on. We are already working across borders. That is a construct of neoliberalism and capitalism. Nothing new. Global civil society takes this concept and develops a new conversation about giving rather than taking. Giving knowledge and vulnerability, instead of taking sovereignty, oil, and technology.

One issue that stems from the notion of a global civil society is the potential rise of universalist claims. But if the conversation stays emphasized on differences that are shared globally rather than a global conversation about similarities and connections — I think this could be avoided to some extent.