THE POLITICS OF PERCEPTION
A global special event + feature documentary film
to promote critical thinking and action for creative system change
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY • Updated 17 February 2021
THE POLITICS OF PERCEPTION is a forthcoming feature documentary film about the connection between the global crisis and our ways of seeing it.
We all know the symptoms —pandemic, climate emergency, species extinction, resource limits, erosion of democracy, unsustainable debt, poverty, unemployment, mass migration, racism, polarisation, brutality, information warfare, conspiracy theories, loss of hope for the future etc. These are clear signals of a widespread systemic dysfunction in which we all play a part.
This project in an artistic response to the challenge. Our aim to create and film a historic “situation” to focus attention on the connection between the crisis and our ways of seeing it — because the creative system change we need for a sustainable future now requires everyone to activate our capacity to distinguish knowledge from opinion. Our survival depends on this, it is easy to learn, and we all can do it.
The centrepiece of our adventure is a special event called GLOBAL VISION GENEVA, which we are planning to hold from 21-24 April 2022 at Geneva —the unique location where the planetary meridians of global governance, trade, finance and civil society intersect. The event involves an international trans-disciplinary multi-stakeholder conference —framed by spectacular infographics, an art exhibition and a theatrical play— that will serve as the set for the production of a feature documentary film called THE POLITICS OF PERCEPTION.
I’m producing this project under the aegis of GLOBAL VISION FOUNDATION, an international public interest nonprofit organisation based in Geneva, in collaboration with a trans-disciplinary network of progressive thinkers and partners around the world.
I will co-chair the conference with the complex dynamic systems thinker, filmmaker and author
, Director of the International Bateson Institute in Stockholm.
will coordinate the stakeholders’ action agenda; he is a veteran of global sustainable development, former European director of IISD, and a board-member of Sustainable Finance Geneva.
We have completed the conceptual design, R&D, feasibility study and business plan. A third of the invited lineup and 16 organisations have already expressed their interest to participate. The estimated budget is CHF 2.74m Swiss francs (≃ € 2.54m / GB£ 2.32m / US$ 3.08m).
We invite your participation to raise CHF 100,000 seed money by 1 May 2021 to engage a world-class co-director for the film, the first celebrities & VIPs for the lineup, a famous playwright and some major artists, and thus secure the interest of film & TV distributors.
These results will generate the buzz to leverage the rest of the budget by providing a world class sponsorship opportunity for compatible philanthropists, foundations, public institutions and ethical corporate sponsors worthy of recognition as real progressive leaders on the global stage.
We want to reach our crowdfunding target as soon as possible to have the time to prepare the event and shoot the film during Earth Day week in April 2022, and complete the film for worldwide cinema and TV release by the end of 2022.
Critical thinking is the prerequisite to make sense and deal effectively with the global crisis. Perception is now a political act, and the time has come for everyone to accept his or her personal responsibility for how we see the world. This realisation is based on the following facts:
1. A non-violent transition to a sustainable, regenerative and equitable future urgently requires some kind of creative system change that has not yet been fully conceived, defined or agreed.
2. This creative system change involves mobilising our collective intelligence and a process of mutual learning and co-creation with an unprecedented level of agreement and collaboration between governments and public and private stakeholders, who often work at cross purposes.
3. The path is essentially blocked by the false perception of intrinsic conflicts of interest between these stakeholders, which seems insurmountable in the current economic and political circumstances.
4. Overcoming this blockage therefore requires a paradigm shift, which starts with critical thinking. In order to implement the transition with the necessary momentum for success before it is too late, we must take personal and institutional responsibility for how we perceive and how we communicate.
5. The first step for critical thinking is to activate our innate human capacity to recognise the difference between knowledge and opinion.
6. Our survival depends on this, it is easy to learn, and we all can do it.