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Dawn of the Cosmopolitan: The Hope of a Global Citizens Movement

Author: Orion Kriegman
Organisation: Tellus Institute
Publish Date: 2006
Country: Global
Sector: Globalisation
Method: Creative thinking
Theme: Social Transfers
Type: Report
Language: English
Tags: Globalization, Civil society, Justice, Sustainability, Cosmopolity, Latency

This paper starts by describing the explosive growth in global civil society and examining the potential for a historically novel phenomena, a Global Citizens Movement, looking at relevant lessons from past and current social movements. As it distinguishes existing social movement activity from a robust and authentic Global Citizens Movement, this paper concludes that while the emergence of a Global Citizens Movement may not be probable, it is possible given the historically unique factors pushing us into a global age. In the last section, Contours of a Global Citizens Movement, we intend to indicate some of the necessary missing ingredients for its emergence and point to future avenues for exploration.
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