About our association: Global Visions ry

In a just world, everyone has an equal opportunity to live a good life.

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The association's vision and mission

Our vision

Our vision is to create a world in which, by agreeing together, we create well-being for all the people of the world globally. This is also a genuinely equal and just world in which birthplace, gender and skin colour do not affect people’s chances of surviving in life. Moreover, in such a world, everyone has a genuine, equal opportunity to live a good life. This world is a meritocracy in which all people are taken care of. 

Our mission

Our mission is to explore how the world can be improved, especially from the perspective of global justice and equality, and to promote such changes. In this regard, we are highlighting in particular the potential of global societal visions. We also wish to bring together different ideas, people and organisations that are working to improve the state of the world. Our aim is to work together to determine what an ideal global political order would be like and then strive towards it.

Above all, the central goal of the association is to try to influence global structures and make them more ethical. Global cooperation is the means by which the objectives of our association is to be achieved. The basic idea behind our work can be summed up by calling it enlightened world improvement. Improving the state of the world is a universal theme, but we want to pursue the debate in a systematic, determined and inclusive fashion.

Regarding the position of our association, our mission is to create a global community focused on how to make the world a better place. If our community is large enough and there is sufficient consensus among the community on the proposed solutions, there is a good chance that the changes the community is pursuing can be actually realized. We also want to inspire people to dream and envision more widely what a better world could be like in the future. This is currently under-represented in the public discussion.

The social changes we are promoting in the long term can be described as universal politics. Although these reforms take account of local specificities, their ultimate goal is to guarantee equal conditions for all people in the world to live a dignified human life. Examples of these reforms include global basic income and free movement of people. Global basic income would provide people with both a livelihood and the freedom to pursue their own lives, while free movement would give people the freedom to choose where to live and work.

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Global Visions ry values

Fairness

A just world is one in which everyone has equal opportunity to live a good life. In a just world for example, the birthplace of a person would not affect the conditions of their life. In such a world, those who cannot cope on their own are also taken care of. This is important because people have different conditions for success in life because of their genes, family background and character traits.

Equality

We believe that all people should be treated in the same way: with respect. Everyone has equal human dignity, and what kind of person they are, what they do, or what is important to them should not affect this, as long as they do not seek to harm others. At the same time, an equal world is also a just world.

Impartiality

We want to support and promote changes that are acceptable to all, and we do not advocate the cause of any single group of people. We therefore are also politically independent.

Inclusivity

We are an approachable, inviting and inspiring association that brings together individuals from different backgrounds for discussion.

Fact-based and constructive discussion

We believe in the power of debate. However, the debate should be constructive and fact-based. Everyone should be allowed to express their opinions, but this must be conducted in a way that respects other people and by focusing on how common solutions can be achieved globally.

Max Tallberg

FOUNDER AND CHAIR OF THE BOARD OF GLOBAL VISIONS RY

Max Tallberg was born in Helsinki in 1989. He studied Philosophy, History, and Political Science at the University of Helsinki, and Åbo Akademi University. He has always found changing the world for the better to be a vital concern. This led him in 2021 to found the Global Visions ry, an association that aims to bring together ideas, people, and groups who want to improve the state of the world.

Our vision is to create a world in which all people have an equal opportunity for a good life.

Are you a person who thinks it's important to strive to improve the state of the world?

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Association Rules

1. Name, domicile and working language of the association

The name of the association shall be Global Visions ry, and it shall be domiciled in Helsinki. The association shall be bilingual, using the Finnish and English languages. The language of operation and documentation shall be Finnish.

2. Purpose and nature of operations

The purpose of the association shall be:

  • – to arouse interest and debate among both members of the association and the general public, and to generate and to map out new ideas and different ways towards making the world a better place where, by agreeing together, a person may advance prosperity for all the people of the world equally and fairly, so that for example, the place of birth, gender and the colour of their skin do not affect people’s chances, but everyone has an equal opportunity for a good life;
  • – to increase the global sense of togetherness and solidarity of people in various countries, and thereby be involved in creating a global climate in which new global decisions can be taken for the benefit of all;
  • – to arouse interest and debate with respect to reforms concerning global basic income, the idea of a world state, world citizenship, and a world in which people are able to move freely from one country to another, and the idea of taking charge of globalisation in a manner that makes it a force for the equitable benefit of all; and
  • – to endeavour to influence people’s opinions and create a global culture of agreement in which a just and ethically sustainable world is jointly realised for all of its inhabitants.

To achieve its purpose, the association:

– shall investigate, compare and arouse interest and debate, and disseminate information and materials to the general public in various languages concerning global means and opportunities for making decisions and policies that are fair and ethically sustainable for all citizens of the world; shall gather and produce information and ideas, and shall disseminate them to a wider audience;
– shall chart people’s opinions and attitudes through surveys and polls;
– shall serve as a global discussion platform and instrument of communication;
– shall produce podcasts, blogs and other publications;
– shall arrange meetings and events for members of the association and for other interested parties;
– shall maintain and establish contacts with other Finnish, foreign and international parties that are pursuing the same goals; and
– shall receive donations and legacies, own the real estate that is necessary for its own operations, and implement lotteries and collections for which the permission of public authorities has been secured where necessary.

3. Members

Incorporated societies and foundations (corporate members) and private individuals (individual members) who support the purpose of the association may be ordinary members of the association. Private individuals and incorporated societies and foundations may also be supporting members of the association. New members shall be approved by the executive committee of the association. On joining the association, members shall be required to notify their contact information and statutory details for entry in the association’s membership records. A member shall ensure that the information entered in the membership records is kept up to date.

4. Subscription fees

The annual meeting of the association shall decide the annual subscription fees charged to members. Different subscription fees may be charged to various types of member. The subscription fees shall finance expenses related to the existence of the association, such as office rent and employee salaries.
No subscription fee shall be charged (i) to new members in respect of the year of joining if the member joined during the last two months of the calendar year, or (ii) to members who have resigned or who have been found to have resigned from the association.

5. Resignation and expulsion of a member

A member of the association shall be entitled to resign from the association by notifying the executive committee or its chairperson in writing, or also orally at a meeting of the association, whereupon the resignation shall be recorded in the minutes of the meeting.

Members of the association shall be required to comply with good practice in their activities related to the association. A member shall also act in his or her own name, and not anonymously. A member who fails to discharge these requirements, acts in a manner that is contrary to the purpose and values of the association or infringes the rules of the association may be expelled from the association by a decision of the executive committee. The executive committee shall be entitled to find that a member has resigned if the subscription fee has not been paid for one year despite two written reminders.

A person who has resigned or been expelled from the association shall immediately forfeit the right to participate in the association’s decision-making, and shall not be entitled to a refund of any annual subscription fee already paid.

6. Executive committee

The affairs of the association shall be managed by an executive committee comprising 3-7 ordinary members and 0-3 deputy members selected at the annual meeting. The term of office of the executive committee shall be the period between annual meetings of the association. The executive committee shall elect a chairperson and a vice-chairperson from among its members, together with a secretary, treasurer and other necessary staff, either from among its members or otherwise. The executive committee shall convene at the invitation of the chairperson, or of the vice-chairperson when the chairperson is prevented from issuing such invitation, when they consider that there is cause for such a meeting, or when at least half of the members of the executive committee so require. The executive committee shall form a quorum when no fewer than half of its members are in attendance, including the chairperson or vice-chairperson. Any business put to a vote shall be settled by a simple majority of votes cast. The vote already cast by the chairperson shall settle a question if the votes are divided equally, except in the case of elections, which shall be decided by drawing lots.

The Executive Director of the association shall be entitled to attend and speak, but not to vote at meetings of the executive committee.

7. Executive Director

The executive committee of the association may appoint an Executive Director, who shall manage the day-to-day administration of the association in accordance with the instructions and regulations of the executive committee. The Executive Director shall constitute an executive organ separate from the executive committee of the association. The chairperson of the executive committee shall manage day-to-day business if no Executive Director has been appointed. The executive committee of the association shall determine the salary payable to the executive director.

8. Right to sign on behalf of the association

The right to sign on behalf of the association shall be vested in the chairperson of the executive committee and in the Executive Director, each acting alone.

9. Accounting period and audit

The association shall have a single auditor, who shall serve for a term of office of one year at a time.
The accounting period of the association shall be one year. It shall commence on the first day of January and end on the last day of December every year.

10. Meetings of the association

The annual meeting of the association shall be held in the beginning of the year, and by no later than March.
Where so stated in the notice convening the meeting, a meeting of the association may be held in part with the aid of a telecommunications connection or other technical instrument, whereupon participation in the meeting may occur using the telecommunications connection or other technical instrument during the meeting. The invitation to the meeting shall state in such circumstances that participation in the meeting will only be possible in the foregoing manner during the meeting.
The executive committee shall convene meetings of the association by means of letters sent or e-mailed to the members no later than 21 days before the meeting using the contact details entered in the association’s membership records. The invitation shall specify the business to be conducted at the meeting. The association shall also ensure that remote participation at its meetings is always possible. A member wishing to participate remotely shall give prior notice of this wish.
Each member shall have one vote at meetings of the association. Unless otherwise provided in these articles of association, a decision of a meeting of the association shall be the position supported by more than half of the votes cast. The vote of the chairperson of the meeting shall settle a question if the votes are divided equally, except in the case of elections, which shall be decided by drawing lots. Elections shall be conducted by secret ballot if so requested.

11. Annual meeting

The annual meeting of the association shall conduct the following business:
1. opening of the meeting;
2. election of the chairperson, secretary, two individuals to check the minutes and, if necessary, two tellers for the meeting
3. confirmation of the legality and competence of the meeting
4. approval of the agenda for the meeting
5. presentation of the financial statements, operating report and auditor’s opinion
6. decision to approve the financial statements and discharge the executive committee and other accountable persons from liability
7. approval of the operating plan, budget and subscription fee
8. election of the members of the executive committee
9. election of the auditor and deputy auditor
10. consideration of any other business specified in the invitation to the meeting
11. closure of the meeting

A member of the association seeking to have some item of business considered at the annual meeting of the association shall notify the executive committee in writing thereof in sufficiently good time that the said item can be included in the invitation to the meeting.

12. Amendment of the articles of association and dissolution of the association

Any decision to amend these articles of association or to dissolve the association shall be made by a majority of not less than three-quarters (3/4) of the votes cast at a meeting of the association.
A proposal to amend the articles of association or dissolve the association shall be specified in the invitation to the meeting.
On dissolution of the association, its funds shall be donated to a charity chosen by the executive committee of the association. The assets of the association shall be used for the same purpose should the association cease to operate.

Discussion forum rules

The members of the association are obliged to act in accordance with good manners in all activities related to the association. The member must also act under their own name, not anonymously. . If a member does not meet these requirements or acts against the purpose and values of the association, or violates the association’s rules, then they may be expelled from the association by decision of the executive committee.

These issues also apply to the discussion forum. We believe in the power of discussion, and that the best solutions can be found through joint debate. This debate must be constructive and fact-based. Other people or groups of people must not be degraded or belittled. We also do not allow hate speech. Debate can sometimes be fruitful, but often the best solutions are the ones that have been decided together. We should therefore adopt an attitude of searching together—not an attitude in which a person has already decided their position, to then try to persuade others to accept that position. If on the other hand, we genuinely listen to others with an open mind, and work together to find the best solution in any particular matter, then we can arrive at it in a more organic way. By bearing these things in mind, we will create a good platform for all members and readers in this discussion forum.

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