Q: What is Unite’s Mission?
A: Unite’s mission is to live up to its name and unite people, businesses and governments through a Global Bill of Rights
Q: What program does Unite have to carry out its mission?
A: Unite has two program pieces:
One, its “Spark of Light” campaign to empower people and businesses who support the idea of rights for all to focus together, and sign to support the idea.
Two: its “Drafting Committee” comprised of a Drafting Committee, an Advisory Board to the Committee, and Drafters, people or businesses who submit comments to the Drafting Committee.
Q: How does the “Spark of Light” campaign work?
A: When people or businesses sign on the Unite website to support the idea of rights for all, a spark of light ignites on the Unite spinning globe in the country where they are. The name of the person or business is also listed, along with their country and the flag of their country, on the website. The logo for the businesses is also placed on the logo stream on the home page.
Q: How does the “Drafting Committee” work?
A: The “Drafting Committee” reviews all of the suggestions for changes to wording of the draft Global Bill of Rights document that are made by the Advisory Committee, or Drafters. Any person, business or government can submit comments on the website for all to see and discuss. All comments are reviewed and given equal weight. It is the weight of comment, not the position of the person or business, that matters. Beauty is the standard of review, not what is acceptable to present leaders or governments. The Drafting Committee meets twice a year, in September and March, and votes to decide whether the suggested changes should be made. Then a new version of the Global Bill of Rights is published in many languages in April of each year.
Q: How does the work of the “Drafting Committee” stay transparent?
A: No changes are made to the Draft Global Bill of Rights document unless a comment is posted on the website by a Drafting Committee member, Advisory Board member or any other person, business or government. All comments that result in a change being made to the draft Global Bill of Rights, be it punctuation, or substantive wording, are explained with a statement on the website of the Drafting Committee. Changes are made with a vote of 2/3 of the Drafting Committee, and Committee members who oppose the change may also write a dissent which is posted on the website. The name of the person or business who makes the suggestion leading to the change is noted with appreciation in the Committee’s change explanation.
Q: What can I do to help?
A: Sign! Be a spark of light by signing to support the idea of a Global Bill of Rights. Igniting a spark does not mean that you support a particular list of rights, only that you support the idea that there are some rights that are shared by all people and you would like there to be a global discussion about what rights should be included. Your simple signature is the most important thing that you can do because it’s an exercise of power. It’s getting behind something that can actually be enforceable, which is different from many documents that are just declarations.
Q: What is the ultimate goal of Unite for Rights?
A: Humanity is emerging from warring nation states to peace and prosperity within a global community. Given people as they are, Unite brings out the best and curtails the worst so that this transition can take place. Unite does not change the world. Unite facilitates the change that the world is making away from warring nation states to a human family. Nation states do not go away, nor should they. The people and businesses exist within those nations embracing diversity, but ensuring some fundamental rights for all.
Q. Isn’t it better to spend time and resources to help people with immediate needs such as giving a starving person something to eat, or a child the medicine they need?
A. Yes it is better! However, the immediate and the long term are not mutually exclusive. There is a good story that highlights this answer:
- There was a town by a river and one day bodies started floating down the river, some injured and many of them dead. The people in the town were caring and immediately started pulling bodies out of the water. The bodies kept coming so they started building facilities by the river so they could help more people effectively. One day, as a young woman was helping others to pull a body out of the water, she looked up and said “we should continue to pull these bodies out of the water, but shouldn’t somebody go take a look upstream.”
Unite is for the few, we only seek 1% to become sparks, who are willing to go upstream to take a look. Unite supports 99% of all energy and money to going to immediate needs, and to have 1% go to Unite to go upstream and implement a plan to reduce the flow of bodies.