As of 11 December 2009
THE WORLDSHIFT 20
AN INDEPENDENT COUNCIL TO COMPLEMENT
We have now entered a critical phase in the
history of humankind. The future of our
species is at stake. The world as we know it
today is not sustainable. We either find a way
to make it sustainable, or we face the specter
of breakdown and ultimately of extinction.
In recognition of today's accelerating global crises, and the corresponding opportunities in
nearly every area of human activity and endeavor, the Club of Budapest, in association with
its worldwide partner organizations, is launching:
The WorldShift 20 (WS20): An Independent Council to Complement the G20
The WS20 is to articulate the collective voice of humanity, drawing on the heritage of all
peoples, cultures and religions. Its core purpose is to transcend short-term and self-serving
economic and political interests in recognition of the fact that thinking and acting in exclusive
reference to narrow national or multi-national agendas cannot solve the global challenges
currently confronting the human family.
In his Foreword to WorldShift 2012, the Club of Budapest's new handbook for conscious
change, Deepak Chopra writes "We are already living in two worlds. One world moves
ahead by inertia from the past, like a massive luxury liner drifting at sea, while the other
steps into the unknown, like a child entering the woods for the first time." He notes that the
old world gets the lion's share of attention on the front pages of newspapers and on the
evening news. We note in turn that it also gets the lion's share of attention in the meetings of
economic and political leaders, including the G20 organization of nation-states.
The mission of the WS20 is to give due attention to the new world emerging today, providing
essential orientation so that it may no longer be like a child entering the woods for the first
time, but become an informed and determined movement toward a peaceful, just and
sustainable planetary civilization.
Implementation of the Mission
In order to consider the issues that affect life and wellbeing on this planet from the integral
perspective of a new civilization, the Club of Budapest, in the framework of the recently
initiated Worldshift Movement, is calling together global thought leaders of foresight and
integrity from all parts of the world and all major domains of society, politics, economics,
ecology, science, art, as well as spirituality. This eminent group is to constitute The
Worldshift 20: An Independent Council to Complement the G20.