“Australia, like a lot of advanced economies, is facing enormous headwinds as technology redefines everything including the role of humans in a society increasingly impacted by the rise of artificial intelligence and a robotic workforce, globalization and wealth inequality. These are big issues that increasingly affect people’s lives but rarely get discussed because they expose political parties as having no real solutions. The solution starts with what politicians refuse to do - develop a common vision for a 21st century Australia," says George Matafonov, CEO of Trruster.
The first draft of this common vision can be found at Trruster.com, an Australian-based reputation search engine, and is now open to the public for comment, debate and direct feedback.
“This common vision is more than just a bunch of policy proposals. In just twenty-one statements it outlines the history of human progress, what we've got right, what we've got wrong and then points the way forward to a people-first economy and a return to civil society based on tried-and-tested traditional values.
A common vision will change the voting decision from voting for the good of the political tribe to voting for the common good, not just locally but globally. It will also change voting patterns from voting based on short-term party policies or, worse still, pork-barreling and scare tactics to voting based on a common vision.
The campaign exposes the glaring reality that political parties acting as unaccountable middlemen between the people and government is an outdated concept that no longer works. As a solution, the campaign introduces the concept of uniting behind a common vision to evolve democracy beyond party politics.
“The result will create a powershift from the traditional gatekeepers, this time from the political parties and the powerful lobby groups directly to the people, giving us a greater say in determining our collective future and bring to end the toxic politics of division.
"This, in effect, is the third political force that will finally restore and revitalize democracy.
“The upcoming elections in Australia and Canada may well prove to be the most important elections because they provide an opportunity for Australians and Canadians to lead the world in uniting behind a common vision for real solutions to some of the most seemingly intractable problems ranging from addressing climate change to tackling the growing wealth inequality that is marginalizing large swathes of societies everywhere,” says Matafonov.
The next step – an opportunity to make history
As part of the campaign we have set up accounts on Twitter and Reddit to discuss how to complete the transition to a post-industrial society by evolving democracy beyond party politics based on a common vision for the 21st century.
A key focus of the campaign will be to promote the concept of going #forward by evolving both democracy and the economic system to better suit the needs of the post-industrial society rather than going #backwards to the tried-and-failed ideas of socialism.
Everyone is welcome.