Austria in 2009: Politicians are engaging in emotional controversies instead of offering comprehensive answers to our central challenges, in particular the global economic crisis, dangerous climate change and rising inequality. They are stuck in political gridlock while they should actually tackle the fact that we’re living at the expense of other people on this planet and future generations.
And they are fighting polemical and ideological turf battles that only increase tensions between citizens who then turn away from politics at all. In this situation, we need a new kind of politics that is ready for the demands and challenges of the 21st century:
Politics with a new kind of politicians. Politicans who are primarily responsible towards people (as voters and citizens) instead of their parties. Politicians who make decisions based on reasonable facts, rational arguments, humanistic values and the ability to understand different people’s problems and life situations instead of hiding behind party constraints, self-promotion, lobbyists or ideologies. An politicians who use idealism and optimism to trascend political and social boundaries to bring people together under a common vision for a socially, ecologically and economically sustainable and fair future.
Politics with a new way to set priorities, make decisions and act. Setting priorities that focus on the main challenges that Austria, Europe and the world are facing instead of backing off from complexity. Making decisions that put courage over hesitation, chances over dangers, solidarity over ignorance, and rational facts over irrational emotions and where decision makers are aware of the consequences of their decisions on other people’s lives. And acting in a way that respects different ways of life, proactively approaches difficult challenges and critically examines previous actions, thereby also defining sustainability and justice as the central guidelines for political action.
Politics with a new form of political communication. Political communication in the sense of an honest, constructive dialogue which is characterized by mutual respect and optimistic realism. Political communication meaning transparent political processes and decisions which again create public trust in the integrity, reliability and expertise of political figures. And political communication which embodies new means of communication to increase political participation and transforms citizens from recipients to senders of political messages.
This website aims at laying out this new kind of politics and move into new political directions. To achieve this, it needs your creative ideas and constructive feedback. Because politics is about all of us as it affects all of us. So, let’s take this journey together!