In December 2010, the New Blue Earth Roundtable hosted a two day conference in Geneva on the theme of ‘Co-creating an Ethical Planetary Civilization and Governance’. An international group of 60 people were invited to Geneva for two days to discuss how, by aligning and working with China, the world society could avoid the suicidal trajectory upon which it was traveling. The meeting created a profound feeling of camaraderie, collaboration and potential amongst the group and we called ourselves the ‘Global Commoners’. A pallet of sustainable projects and initiatives were discussed, from capacity building using new techniques, to creative breakthrough technologies in energy and water purification, health and education for the rural poor, peace building and conflict resolution, eco-communities, new economics and disaster relief being amongst them. Many of the group of ‘Global Commoners’ are acknowledged as world experts in their field, and the dialogue was remarkable for its inspirational creativity and the opportunity it is providing for paradigm shift discussions with China.
After the Conference, the ‘Global Commoners’ expressed their wish that the management of the New Blue Earth Roundtable would explore ways to share and implement the results of the Geneva Group’s knowledge with China to support a more harmonious societal outcome for China and global society generally.