KILKENNY -- As I light our Christmas candles in Kilkenny, Joi Ito takes the wraps off Global Voices. It's a covenant that puts candles into the hands of everyone. It recognises that personalcasting ensures that "speech need no longer be controlled by those who own the means of publishing and distribution, or by governments that would restrict thought and communication. Now, anyone can wield the power of the press. Everyone can tell their stories to the world." This is the best promise of blogging--a perpetual cacophony of greetings, stories, and testimonies. In the vision of Global Voices, we need to protect the right to speak and the right to listen. We need to nurture universal access to the tools of speech. The covenant for Global Voices says, "we want to enable everyone who wants to speak to have the means to speak -- and everyone who wants to hear that speech, the means to listen to it."
Centuries ago, men would light fires, torches and candles to convey messages, send alarms and to serve as warnings. A similar energy is kindled by Global Voices.
We want to build bridges across the gulfs of culture and language that divide people, so as to understand each other more fully. We want to work together more effectively, and act more powerfully.
We believe in the power of direct connection. The bond between individuals from different worlds is personal, political and powerful. We believe conversation across boundaries is essential to a future that is free, fair, prosperous and sustainable - for all citizens of this planet.
While we continue to work and speak as individuals, we also want to identify and promote our shared interests and goals. We pledge to respect, assist, teach, learn from, and listen to one other.