Constitution for progressive ethics

Following discussions in the wake of various recent meetups, London Futurists is launching a project to organise the best of our collective thinking on the question:

  • What ethical principles should guide humanity as technology becomes increasingly powerful?

The project was proposed as follows by London Futurists member Dil Green:

Without a decent, shared, openly managed and modern ethical foundation, all these conversations become ‘hand-waving’ – endless details and observations, objective and subjective, will be adduced – none readily distinguishable from post-rationalisations of our emotional responses…

So, having been so harsh, do I have anything positive to offer? How’s this for starters?

  • Invite a wide range of ‘progressive’ stakeholders for a ‘deliberative democracy’ event to propose an open, shared, worldwide ‘Constitution for Progressive Ethics’.

From the start, this must understood as a project, rather than a one-off product – that it must propose a mechanism, as well as an easily communicated set of statements.

The aim would be to produce something which can be accepted, worldwide, by a large minority of self-identified progressives – accepting that variety will be added – that must be folded into the overall mechanic, so that this Constitution remains alive, relevant, meaningful.

Such a Constitution would enable a global, non-state, non-party, secular grouping to engage with power structures and bring a clear and consistent progressive ethical position to the world stage.

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In an initial phase of the project, material can be collected, reviewed, and refined online. This can happen via two mechanisms (among others):

Feedback is welcome!

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3 Responses to Constitution for progressive ethics

  1. Dil Green says:

    David,
    If I write up a first proposal for taking this forward, where would I put it? H+pedia seems inappropriate, as does a comment box here… Any suggestions?

    • David Wood says:

      Dil – A couple of suggestions…
      1. Maybe you can write it on a website (blog?) under your own control, and then provide a link to it from here. Or,
      2. If you write an article and email it to me, I can add it as a top-level post here on the London Futurists blog.

      • Dil Green says:

        Thanks David. I’ll go for that latter, and link to it from my blog, which isn’t a natural home for such a thing. Also, it will give you a chance to make editorial suggestions, should you wish.

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