Nottingham and Derby Society of Architects

MONBIOT'S A STATEMENT OF PRINCIPLES


We have identified 'A Statement of Principles' as outlined in George Monbiot’s Out of the Wreckage as an exemplar pathway towards a better society, and therefore for consideration towards aspired outcomes when influencing & shaping our built environment. These are:

1. We want to live in a place guided by empathy, respect, justice, generosity, courage, fun and love.

2. We want to live in a place governed by judgments that are honestly made, supported by the evidence, accountable and transparent.
3. We want to live in a place in which everyone’s needs are met, without harming the living world or the prosperity of future generations.

4. We want to live in a place in which the fruits of the world we do and the resources we use are fairly and widely distributed, in which shared prosperity is a general project, and the purpose of economic life is to enable universal well-being.

5. We want to live in a place in which all people have equal rights, in practice as well as in theory.

6. We want to live in a place in which all people can feel secure, confident, safe and cared for.

7. We want to live in a place in which, regardless of where they were born, everyone has a neighbourhood of which they feel proud, where they can freely participate in the life of the community.

8. We want to live in a place in which, proudly and consistently, supports people in need of help, including those fleeing from danger and persecution abroad.

9. We want to live in a place in which a thriving natural world provides a refuge both for rich and abundant wildlife and for people seeking relief from the clamour of daily life.

10. We want to live in a place whose political system is fair and fully representative, in which everyone has a voice and every vote counts, and whose outcomes can neither be bought nor otherwise engineered.

11. We want to live in a place in which decisions are taken at the most appropriate level, to enhance democratic participation and connection.

12. We want to live in a place in which everyone has access to the information needed to make meaningful democratic choices, and in which political debate is honest, accessible and inclusive.

13. We want to live in a place in which education is a joyful process, encouraging children of all abilities to engage with enthusiasm, and adults to continue learning throughout their lives.

14. We want to live in a place in which good housing, fast and effective healthcare and a healthy, sufficient diet are available to everyone.

15. We want to live in a place that helps to build a safe, prosperous and resilient community of nations.

16. We want to live in a place that is open to new ideas and information, and that values creativity, research and discovery. “

All of the above is a direct quote from Chapter 1, Page 10, George Monbiot’s Out of the Wreckage