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PEKEA sets up a global think tank network :

PEKEA is an NGO in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations granted in July 2006
PEKEA is running as an open network , gathering academics from various disciplines, people committed in concrete actions and also local governments that are sharing the objective defined below. Its participants seek to contribute to, or simply support reflections on this objective, especially during conferences (see our Recent History).
They are individual members of PEKEA, members of associations or local authorities partnered with PEKEA and sharing the same objective and the same argument They have produced hundred of texts where we may find ideas on all subjects thanks to our research engine: Pekea-doc .

Currently, more than 1,000 people are directly connected to the Network around the NGO Pekea, and thousands are indirectly connected through partner associations and local authorities in more than 60 countries around the world. They keep in touch through the PEKEA website and a Quarterly Newsletter.

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Objective :

To consider economic activities differently, and conceive ways
to turn the Earth into a planet for humanity and solidarity.
In other words to promote the advent of a brotherly civilisation
where cooperation is more important than competition.

The refused World :

Poverty endures ; inequalities in living conditions increase ;
unemployment is endemic, even in "rich" countries where crises have been recurrent for more than a century ;
extremely harsh living conditions and even famine remain structural in spite of the remedies for "development"
applied for more than fifty years in "poor" countries.
Economic growth has not reduced inequalities and has caused the progressive destruction of nature
putting into jeopardy the survival of future generations.
In spite of the existence of the UN, many decisive choices affecting the living conditions of the poorest
have been made by the most powerful and the rich. The world is not democratically managed.
And yet, world capacities for agricultural and industrial production are sufficient to meet the basic needs
of the planet's inhabitants and it could be possible through appropriate resource transfers and modified international trade rules
dfor the world's population to satisfy their own basic needs.
In each country and for the world as a whole, the problem is not so much one of production capacity,
but rather of what and how to produce, how to distribute and exchange goods and resources, and what to consume.
Leaving only to markets the task of answering these questions leads to a dead end, as markets have no ethics
and ignore the political deliberations which are the only way to make satisfactory choices for societies.

What to do ?

Everyone, not only decision makers, has to change his/her way of thinking and doing.
Everyone must contribute to the renewal of thought

This renewal lies in revisiting social demands and individual and collective behaviours, both theoretically
and practically, taking into consideration individual and societal values in a humanistic perspective.
It also lies in examining the participatory processes for defining a desirable future and collective choices.
This is what underlines PEKEA reflection activities, or those it wants to be associated with.

Activities :

To gather, expose and/or produce, provide or discuss, empirical studies, theoretical analyses and concrete experiments
that can help design and build a new world more brotherly than the one evolving around us.

The international multidisciplinary scientific board with highly qualified researchers, named with their agreement by the governing board, constitutes an essential resource to carry out works with this political and ethical approach which is the characteristic of PEKEA. Works by these researchers may show the mention of their membership to the NGO PEKEA even if they have been undertaken under their own responsibility.
Moreover works may be organised in the name of PEKEA following a proposition of the bureau and agreement from the governing board, work that will mobilize members of the scientific board and that will be carried out under the responsibility of PEKEA NGO.

Achievements :

The idea of PEKEA had emerged in 2001, on the basis ofa general argument to build
a Political and Ethical Knowledge on Economic Activities. The conference of Santiago de Chile (2002)
specified fundamental principles as a framework to guide the research programme.
The first conference in Rennes (2003) began the construction of the four knowledge blocks
addressing the issue of the societal value. It was underlined the necessary ethical request for a motivation by the respect of dignity for all.
In Bangkok (2004) we explored what could be a feasible common future in this perspective and it led to acknowledge that there is a demanding responsibility. The two motives for action therefore are: dignity and responsibility.
Again in Rennes (2005) PEKEA discussed the trend towards the primacy of Economy which is imperilling democracy and requests to escape to the dangers, the commitment of everyone, what means to focus on the role of citizenship.
Finally, in Dakar (2006), PEKEA analysed the interactions between the individual and the collective showing that loyalty makes, along with citizenship, the necessary devices to build a "good society".

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