We need more than ever to fight for a strong citizenship society. Where people know who they are and have a strong commitment with the values of freedom, social justice and development. This is the reason to believe that a new standard of Democracy in a complex world, more than a possibility, is an individual and collective necessity for all of us, effective global citizens. This is the message of the present for the future – the difference in the present will be in the exercise of the capacity of the individual participation as the central contribution to the reinvention of the collective society.
The citizenship society is a process that is not determined by law. It is effectively constructed by all the actors in a free and collaborative strategic interaction. In a certain sense, we need a new strategic order for the world. When we speak about this special global capacity of creating a new commitment between citizens towards the challenge of the future, we are in fact speaking about this commitment with a New Democracy in the world. Based in new standards of Social Innovation, this kind of New Strategic Order is above all the confirmation that in this citizenship society the individual performance in a complex ecossystem is possible, desirable and above all necessary for the future.
In the citizenship society the freedom of participation is the confirmation of the obligation of following the rule of law. In this way it´s essential to learn the lessons that more than ever emerge from a world that is trying to rebuild its competitive advantage and to reinvent its effective place in a complex time. In the New Global Economy and Innovation Society, the world has a central role to play towards a new attitude connected with the creation of value and focus on creativity.
In a time of change,the citizenship society is a sense of urgency. The citizenship society must confirm itself as an “enabler actor” in a very demanding world, introducing in the society and in the economy a capital of trust and innovation that is essential to ensure a central leadership in the future relations with different people in a more and more dynamic developing world. The actors from the world should be more and more global, capable of driving to the social matrix a unique dynamic of knowledge building and selling it as a mobile asset on the global market.
The citizenship society is a new strategic challenge. Reinventing society and giving the social actors the opportunity of developing new challenges focused on innovation and creativity is in a large sense giving a central contribution to a New Global Order. The reinvention of society is the reinvention of its people and institutions. An active commitment, in which the focus in the participation and development of new competences, on a collaborative basis, must be the key of the difference.
Francisco Jaime Quesado is the General Manager of the Innovation and Knowledge Society in Portugal, a public agency with the mission of coordinating the policies for Information Society and mobilizing it through dissemination, qualification and research activities. It operates within the Ministry of Science, Technology and Higher Education
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