The DC Global Knowledge Charter

The Global Knowledge Charter is an exclusive project of the Diplomatic Council based on the conviction that a globalized world needs globalized and new standards as to what should be commonly known worldwide, as to what kind of knowledge is relevant to foster a mutual global understanding and is relevant for the sake of freedom, peace and prosperity of all mankind. For centuries knowledge was deeply engraved in national cultures and national histories. For the good but in many cases also for the bad. The limited perspective of this traditionally culture-based knowledge has in many cases turned out to be a driver for unrest, conflicts and wars in our globalized world. This is true for every region, for every culture, for every area. So it`s time for change.

If you want to contribute to this project, if you are interested in the latest project news or if you have thrilling ideas to share regarding the project please get in touch with the Diplomatic Council Global Knowledge Charter team with the form below.

It is time for a global codex of knowledge

It`s time for a global codex of knowledge which should be obligatory to be known by everybody, by every opinion leader, by businessmen, by politicians, by diplomats, by scientists – by all those people who shape our world and by those who feel responsible for the fate of our planet. A codex of agreed common global knowledge is a prerequisite for finding fair solutions, for solving conflicts and for finding a way for a peaceful life for everybody. For the first time we will agree on global standards of knowledge, turning it into prerequisite for stable peace and prosperity. We talk about knowledge that enables us to globally understand the different roots of history, religions, arts, technology being not less than the kickoff for a real global way of thinking. The “modern citoyen”, the “Weltbürger”, le “citoyen mondiale” is moving and communicating worldwide without any limits, but his way of thinking and judging is still captivated in the tradition of his own national culture. So it`s time for a mental change.

Are Martin Luther King, Beethoven or Laotse part of a national heritage, a regional heritage or are they part of a global heritage that everybody should be aware of? The program “Global Knowledge Charter” is not made to destruct national histories, cultures, techniques or values, but instead to collect the best, the most positive, the most creative features of every culture. In order to look for the Good you must also understand the Bad. The Global Knowledge Charter must also contain knowledge about the recent technology turnover – in order to better understand the digital change we are passing through and in order to agree on common global standards to proceed successfully not against but with each other. The Charter will contain a lot of knowledge in the field of arts, music, painting, architecture in order to stress the arts role as enabler of a peaceful global understanding. Every piece of knowledge and experience must be valued on its merit how it can contribute to the 17 UN goals for a better world. This might even include knowledge about the human being himself, knowledge about Neuroscience or Bioscience and so forth. Knowledge from industrial countries carries the same value as traditional knowledge from developmental countries or subsocieties like tribes.

A global project in the digital age

The Global Knowledge Charter can be called a global project in the digital age. It will not be a organized as a centralized group of experts which decides behind closed doors in an academic manner about really relevant knowledge. Those times are over. The project is open for everybody – and everybody is invited to contribute to this global idea. It`s organized in a collaborative, hierarchy-free, participative and democratically manner. In cooperation with major research institutes, universities, non governmental organizations, firms, experts and inividuals we will define a transparent process for delivering, prioritizing the ideas. There will be many opposing even rejecting questions as to the purpose and the practicability of the project. What I have learnt in recent times: Never say No if you spot an inspirational idea ahead. We of course can change reality when we change our mindset, when we change our mentality. Given this I will strongly drive forward this project which already can be called a success if it helps avoiding only one single conflict, if it inspires only one single individual, if it is the midwife for the slightest common global agreement.

The „Global Knowledge Charter“ is no project of academics for academics. It is a project initiated by people who like thinking ahead and want to support the process of globalization in a peaceful, fair und prosperous manner. It should be carried and dispersed by all those influential people who are permanently working globally – businessmen, diplomats, opinion leaders, nongovernmental and official organizations. In order to make this project successful we will invite sponsors to become part of this ambitious idea. The Diplomatic Council houses this project. As a reasonable voice of the business world it represents an indispensable group of influencers who can also carry this project forward in their respective networks on a global basis.

The Initiator

DC Commissioner for UN Affairs Dr. Klaus-Ulrich Moeller is the initiator of this project which is organized as a cross-industry panel inside the Diplomatic Council. Klaus-Ulrich has an academic background with studies in history politics and international law. His career lead him trough many international positions as Head of Communication and Public Relations in major global companies like Lufthansa German Airlines, Touristic Union International and PricewaterhouseCoopers (todays PwC). Today he runs an independent business of his own advising and consulting Executives and Organizations in all questions of business communication. He is specialized on “Speaking – , Performance- & Stage-Training“ for managers, opinion leaders and diplomats. He is Vice-European champion 2015 of Public Speaking and bears the “Advanced Communicator Gold” award, the highest ranking one at Toastmasters International, the globally leading organization for Speaking & Leadership.

His expertise, his deep understanding of international relations and his doctoral thesis about the foundation of the United Nations were reason enough for the Diplomatic Council to invite him as one of only a few DC commissioners of UN affairs – a committee which manages the relationship of the DC as a recognized non governmental organization to the United Nations and the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) in particular.

SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS

Please tell us how you would like to contribute to the project, give us your ideas and discuss your thoughts with the global community.

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  1. Dr. Horst Walther
    Dr. Horst Walther says:

    Hi Klaus-Ulrich,

    thank you very much for this push for a truly fundamental initiative.
    Yes, I think the definition of a world-citizen-body of knowledge-minimum-standard would be worth pursuing.
    Given the current pipeline of serious problems to be addressed by the world community it might look like utopia.
    This doesn’t mean however, that we should not drive the idea further.
    There is a world heritage defined already by the “Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage”.
    So the attempts to define the traits of a common global culture in its widely understood meaning are not new at all.
    There is of course a decent chance to fail with this attempt even early. However if we don’t try it at first, we have lost the battle already now.
    Crucial will be the process of how we will go on, to take the right steps at the right time and to liaise with the right partner NGOs. Agreeing on the content will be hard enough and should be postponed as much as possible.
    I would like to encourage all of us to expand our thoughts into this more procedural direction.

    Horst Walther, Hamburg

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  2. Klaus-Ulrich Moeller
    Klaus-Ulrich Moeller says:

    Thanks a lot for your comment, Horst. Your thoughts are worth to be considered. The next step in the process will fit exactly what you mention: To fix the process, to fix potential partners, to start with a pilot, to integrate as many opinion leaders as possible – from all areas like business, politics, education, science and culture. Let`s also start it by considering the final result: What are we heading for: An unflexible database? A global forum for debating the issues? Or kind of a more popular “50 things to know in global culture?” “50 global pieces of music you should have listened to live” – this is more popular, probably attracts more people to join the initiative and gets more media coverage. Klaus

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