Building a World Safe for Difference
When the members of the Club de Madrid created the Shared Societies Project they agreed that an important part of the Project should be to collect from around the world examples of policies and practices which promote shared societies.
These examples have two important functions. First they show that it is possible to take action to encourage a shared society, and, more than that, they show that states, local authorities and NGOs are actually working to achieve shared societies. Secondly, they offer suggestions of initiatives that other leaders and communities have taken. They are not necessarily intended to be adopted exactly as they have been applied in other countries. That may be possible, but often they should be modified to fit local conditions.
They are presented here in a form that allows the user to identify quickly the appropriate initiatives for their circumstances and the specific elements of the initiative that they want to know about.
There are a number of access points for finding appropriate examples. Perhaps most conveniently, the examples are linked to the Ten Commitments of the Shared Societies Project, which are the ten elements that each society needs to address if it is to achieve a shared society. Most societies are likely to have taken initiatives in relation to some of them but there are very few societies that have dealt with all of them. Following the link to the Ten Commitments, one can see them listed and for easy access they are also displayed in a brief summary on the left had side of the page. One can quickly see which Commitment or Commitments may be at issue in a particular society and by going to the relevant page one can see the full statement of the Commitment and underneath a number of approaches which could be adopted to meet the Commitment. For each approach one or more examples are listed.
It is also possible to search for examples by geographical region using the map.
Our intention is to present the Examples in a simple and practical way, as a series of short statements or bullet points under a consistent series of headings: Location / Background / Goals / Method / Impact / Enabling conditions / Comments and Further information. These headings are shown as a tool bar across the page which allows one to go immediately to those features of the example in which the user is interested.
Most of the headings are self-explanatory. “Background” lists some of the features of the society which made an initiative necessary. “Enabling conditions” are the existing circumstances which made it possible or easier to introduce the initiative. “Comments” is an opportunity to present additional points of interest and in particular to describe any problems that the initiative faced.
The listing does not attempt to give an in-depth description of the initiatives because we believe that users will first want a succinct indication of its key features and therefore they are laid out as set of bullet points. If the initiative looks interesting the “Further Information” section suggests sources to follow up. A well as websites, videos or articles, for most examples, a specific person is mentioned who will be willing to respond to queries about the initiative. They may have been involved in the initiative or are observers from the country.
Enjoy searching and good luck!