On September 18, we organised Atlas' first-ever Community Day! We gathered active members in our London Headquarters and digitally to discuss the future of our movement: where are we heading? what binds us all together? Honestly, the outcomes are really groundbreaking 🎯.
WOW! It was such a pleasure to meet in person and digitally with some of our most active members! In a full day of discussion and brainstorming, we figured out Atlas' philosophy and the next steps to reshape our organisation!
Scroll down 👇 to read the takeaways from these two key tipping point moments and - more importantly - what will come next.
Atlas’ Philosophy: Equitism ⭕
During the first session of our amazing Community day, right after a breakfast sugar rush, we jumped into the most important topic of all: what’s the North Star guiding our work? With a little surprise twist, the Central Team unveiled a new concept to bind all our work and values: Equitism. We recognize that until now, Atlas has been defined as a “progressive” movement - which sadly does not mean the same thing all over the planet. While definitely sharing the progressive values in the European/American sense, Atlas has nothing to do with the Bolsonaro’s “Progressive Party” in Brazil or other different interpretations of the word worldwide. To avoid misunderstanding, clarify our stances, and strengthen our identity, the concept of “Equitism” came about, which reads this way:
Equitism is the political, social, and economic doctrine promoting the idea that to maximize peoples’ well-being, society must ensure equitable rights and opportunities for all.
This new idea sparked an intense debate. Overall, the direction seemed positive, so we decided to continue the discussion and will determine whether we will soon be able to brand ourselves as the “global, equitist movement”!
Atlas’ Focus: A Digital State 📱 & Advancing our Agenda
After this enlightening debate, we moved onto more practical matters: what are the concrete goals of our movement? It quickly became clear that as a movement, Atlas has two focuses:
- The creation of a global governance to tackle today’s global challenges
- The advancement of our (progressive/equitist) agenda across the globe, via advocacy campaigns and elections
To translate these two goals into actionable aims, we understand that:
- To create a global governance, we should implement the main concept that the Freedom Marathon produced: the creation of a Digital State!
- At the same time, to advance our values across the planet and ensure consistency and clarity of goals, we must identify 10 (or similar number) political priorities that all of our teams can use as a guide for their advocacy and electoral campaigns.
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Atlas’ Strategy: 5️⃣ Arrows aimed and ready to change the world!
Oh yes, we’ve got a cool strategy to make all these things happen! And even if in a post-lunch session it was not as easy as before to keep the energy up, I must say that we advanced quite a bit on this topic too… In brief, we intend to achieve all of this by unleashing 5 macro work areas:
🏹 Advocacy (aka Empowering the Many)
🏹 Elections (aka Planting Flags all over the world)
🏹 Community (aka Bringing together hearts and minds)
🏹 Communication (aka Spreading hope)
🏹 Incubator (aka Walking the Talk)
SO, WHAT’S NEXT? ⏭️
So so so… to advance our philosophy, we need brains. To make our campaigns successful, we need hearts. To make this revolution happen, we need people: people with time, passion, and the commitment to take on the dream we have outlined above.