Democ­racy at work

Town of Stratford launches global gov­er­nance pro­ject

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - THE PROVINCE -

The Town of Stratford launched a new ini­tia­tive Mon­day to im­prove gov­er­nance lo­cally, re­gion­ally and glob­ally.

Stratford Mayor David Dun­phy says his mu­nic­i­pal­ity is try­ing to build a bet­ter gov­er­nance sys­tem to im­prove the demo­cratic de­ci­sion mak­ing process.

“We have re­searched and adopted best prac­tices in gov­er­nance like strate­gic per­for­mance man­age­ment, sus­tain­abil­ity and com­mu­nity en­gage­ment be­cause we be­lieve that bet­ter gov­er­nance is the path to a bet­ter com­mu­nity, which is our ul­ti­mate goal,’’ said Dun­phy.

Stratford chief ad­min­is­tra­tive of­fi­cer Robert Hughes says a global ap­proach to gov­er­nance is nec­es­sary to co­or­di­nate hu­man ac­tiv­ity at the scale re­quired to ad­dress re­gional and global is­sues and reg­u­late global net­works.

“The path to a bet­ter world is a bet­ter global gov­er­nance model,’’ said Hughes.

“We have the knowl­edge and tech­nol­ogy to de­velop an ef­fec­tive mech­a­nism for peo­ple, leg­is­la­tors and gov­ern­ments to col­lab­o­rate on de­ci­sion mak­ing lo­cally, re­gion­ally and glob­ally.’’

Stratford has cre­ated the One Gov­er­nance Foun­da­tion in hopes of build­ing a bet­ter global gov­er­nance sys­tem, re­sult­ing in more demo­cratic, sus­tain­able, ef­fec­tive and ef­fi­cient out­comes.

The One Gov­er­nance Foun­da­tion is propos­ing a way, in five steps, to cre­ate a world where hu­man­ity lives in peace and har­mony and takes no more than the planet can sus­tain­ably pro­vide.

The heart of the pro­posed global gov­er­nance sys­tem is an in­ter­net en­abled de­ci­sion mak­ing plat­form that will al­low cit­i­zens, ex­perts and other stake­hold­ers to ad­vise their leg­is­la­tors and gov­ern­ments on de­ci­sions and en­able gov­ern­ments to col­lab­o­rate with one another on de­ci­sions for re­gional and global is­sues.

“In five steps we can im­prove demo­cratic de­ci­sion mak­ing, re­store hon­our and pur­pose to the role of elected of­fi­cials and free gov­ern­ments to fo­cus solely on the com­mon good.” said Hughes.

Once it is cre­ated, the Town of Stratford will use the de­ci­sion mak­ing plat­form to fa­cil­i­tate the demo­cratic de­ci­sion mak­ing process within the town.

To learn more or to get in­volved, visit the One Gov­er­nance Foun­da­tion at www.1gov.org

HEATHER TAWEEL/THE GUARDIAN

Robert Hughes, chief ad­min­is­tra­tive of­fi­cer, Town of Stratford, shows the web­site for the One Gov­er­nance Foun­da­tion. The pur­pose of the foun­da­tion is to build a bet­ter global gov­er­nance sys­tem, re­sult­ing in a more demo­cratic, sus­tain­able, ef­fec­tive and ef­fi­cient out­come.

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