For a cultural growth of humanity

Prologue

A cultural growth of humanity is everywhere on the move bringing another idea of “growth”, be it social, educational, semiotic, environmental, economic or digital.

We may all take part in its development, changing in depth our relationship to the world, others and oneself.

Ten reasons for that...

Article 1

First of all the cultural growth of humanity (CGH) offers a rare opportunity to reconsider our worldview.

1.1 This vision is now facing crises and tensions of many kinds in which everyone tries - with varying degrees of success - to establish their own balance.

1.2 Besides that everyone has to interact with a growing diversity of concepts, opinions and facts, trying to make sense of it.

1.3 An extreme complexity then arises at the crossroads of numerous systems: ideological, religious, scientific, social, financial or cognitive.

1.4 Regarding this contemporary puzzle, the CGH questions the conditions which should be gathered for a more responsible progress of humanity.

Article 2

This progress should defend a transcultural approach enhancing a better understanding and recognition of our similarities and differences.

2.1 To achieve such a goal, two ideas of culture must converge: culture as heritage and culture as a “project to drive”.

2.2 Meanwhile the CGH requires to go beyond our ethnocentrism, acknowledging that the “center of the world” could be everywhere, reducing stereotypes and prejudices.

Article 3

The CGH also calls for an innovative pedagogy in order to meet the challenges of our times.

3.1 To contribute to set the foundations of such a pedagogy, the CGH allows importance to the way everyone develops their culture from early age (enculturation process) and interact with others (interculturation).

3.2 The idea of ​​a plural intelligence (mental as well as emotional or physical), must take its central place to accompany our personal development.

3.3 The CGH advocates a better, humble and dynamic access to knowledge, within contemporary forms of encyclopaedism.

3.4 Creativity holds a decisive role in such a transcultural and transdisciplinary achievement.

Article 4

Our relation to meaning is simultaneously at the heart of the CGH.

4.1 The CGH invites us to welcome the plurality of our codes ​​(languages, writing systems...) in our relationship to the world and to the others.

4.2 One decisive aspect is to take into account our variations in meaning (indefinition process) in order to reduce misunderstandings and prejudices.

4.3 Another major contribution stems from a true awareness to the symbolic diversity and its very contribution to our representations.

Article 5

Following and extending this consideration of signification, a humanistic communication founds the CGH and its natural dissemination.

5.1 The CGH reminds that communication is at first listening to each other, calling for a mutual presence.

5.2 The CGH should also be attentive to the various forms of mediation necessary to understand and even solve conflicts and disagreements that divide humanity, questioning the crucial role of the media...

5.3 The CGH takes digital changes and their consequences for an essential vector of mutations inviting them to a more humanistic concern.

Article 6

The CGH is a vector of economic and entrepreneurial renewal.

6.1 The CGH encourages to understand the better part that cultures should play with economic balances, esp. from numerous innovations in favor of new forms of sharing and exchange, redrawing the map of values.

6.2 The CGH may provide employment and added value, in many fields of activity, and not only of course the cultural sector. 

Article 7

It is in new models of organization and social responsibility, based on cooperation, not only in material goods, but time or knowledge, that the CGH may find its full and collective extent.

7.1 The CGH can be a serious ally to any local authority wishing to consolidate their cultural project.

7.2 Mutual recognition of our identities, in their historical ties, constant changes, peaceful dialogue, and of course in their transmission, is decisive.

7.3 To nurture this natural process through the different components of the society, the CGH should trust in an intergenerational alliance which could reveal itself profitable to everyone.

Article 8

Considering the urgent need for sustainability, the CGH requires to defend life in all its forms since its present endangerment threatens not only our cultures but our species.

8.1 The CGH is much concerned by the balance and fragility of our ecosystems (oceans, forests, water, resources, energy ...), linked to our patterns of production, consumption and waste, that is to say to our worldview.

8.2 The CGH wants to contribute to a more harmonious, responsible and equitable development.

Article 9

As it appears by its large array of concerns, each of us is likely to implement the CGH.

9.1 Far from reducing it to a conventional consideration of “growth”, the CGH may accompany any life project, in search of a daily balance in the world.

9.2 A ​​mutual respect is a basic condition for its emergence while the CGH calls to consider ourselves as a whole clarifying the ways of our attachment to humanity.

Article 10

Confident of a peaceful future for humanity, and in our mutual awareness, calling for responsibility and commitment, the CGH wants to be an ally towards progress of the human species.

10.1 The CGH wishes to contribute to the transition of our time that should not be obliged, but desired.

10.2 The CGH wants to contribute in the advent of ​​a period of Renaissance relying on justice and dignity with just one prerequisite: our willingness to make it happen.

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