Criteria as Benchmarks for Wellbeing Action
Adapted from writings in the 1970s,
80s, and 90s. Updated Nov. 2014.
From earlier action in
North America via the Rio Earth Summit Dr Neville Yeomans adapted treaty
wordings in forming the following treaties:
above two treaties emerged the idea of forming common understandings and
agreement between peoples and bodies coming together in gatherings from the
1960s onwards. For example these two Treaties were signed at the Small Island Coastal
and Estuarine Peoples Gathering Celebration in Far North Queensland
Australia in June 1994. This happening was funded by UNHRC in Geneva.
common understandings may pass through peoples, cultures, and societies right
through to leaders of sovereign nations around the world. These understanding
may then emerge as Treaties. One of these potential agreements became known as
the Preliminary UN-INMA Treaty.
were evolved during a series of gatherings as standards for sensing, feeling,
determining, and appreciating what may be included and excluded in drafting
this Preliminary Treaty and associated documents.
Given the implications of this massive and vital endeavour, these
Criteria were scrutinised for their appropriateness and then used for
benchmarking during drafting the Preliminary Treaty. This Treaty emerged as The
UN-INMA Treaty where:
a) UN refers to Unique Nurturers
or Unrepresented Nations, and
b) INMA refers to Intercultural
Normative Model Areas.
A later version of the UN-INMA Treaty is the Thriving Earth Treaty – refer link at the end of this page.
Note that these Criteria are essentially inter-connecting, inter-depending,
inter-affecting, inter-relating, and inter-weaving, and the associated
documents take this same form.
Following are the Criteria:
preliminary version of the Thriving Earth Treaty has to provide a wise-values
frame around Treaty Gatherings and offer profound glimpses of what rich
agreement attendees may generate between themselves such that transforming occurs in the very process of coming to
The final version of this Treaty for ratifying and
signing will evidence the Agreement that attendees
have already come to as attendees immerse themselves in gathering,
engaging in ceremony and celebrating prior to the ratifying and signing
The final Treaty may be very close to this Preliminary
2) This Preliminary Treaty and the Treaty Gatherings contribute
to creating a shift in human affairs
towards engendering (to bring forth) a major bio-cultural shift – evolving humanity towards wise loving people - a shift to a world where all of humanity in bringing
wellness to ourselves and all life forms on planet earth are continuing to live well together based upon value priorities including:
a) supporting humanities’ unalienable rights
b) moving away from opposing
towards flowing well together
c) peacefulness and harmony
d) ecological quality and abundance
e) economic wellbeing, and
f) social and political justice.
the equity, friendship, freedom, prosperity,
abundance that flow from these priority values in wise action.
The emerging and varied nurturing community action for wellbeing based bio-cultural ways of differing locales and regions may be universal in their locales, and the bio-social within them varied, while the new bio-psychology is emerging with the potential for infinite individuation like the loving mother nurturing the individuation of her children. New forms of psychological sociological and cultural experience emerge as the self evidencing outcome of living well in evolving local, regional, and global nurturing community for wellness throughout earth.
This Treaty has to contribute to consciousness
raising creating possibilities for significant transforming of current
sovereign nation state and sovereign micro-nation behaviour. Sovereign nations
and other entities, from the very powerful to the very weak cannot continue their current practices.
Things have to change.
4) This Treaty has to be worded so as to be attainable, desirable, and durable:
a) Attainability - the plausibility and credibility of achieving
sufficient societal and structural leverage;
b) Desirability - harmony of likely actions with value priorities;
c) Durability - likelihood of enduring global shifting to a new
paradigm (refer Glossary) embodying value priorities detailed in these
While the Treaty
has to meet Criteria 4, namely being attainable, desirable, and durable, it also
has to be, from time to time, an evolving document without ever being
compromised, as people realise and exercise the potential of their essence -
their unalienable rights - including self-determination and governance.
2) Nation states, especially the very powerful have habitually imposed, and they also have a very long history of being preoccupied with ensuring that their national interest is maximised at the expense of others. Their every action on the international stage is put through the filter of national interest.
Sovereign nation states have been engaging in extra-judicial,
covert, false flag, & black operations, as well as engaging in harsh brutal
smashing for subjugating.
Very weak nations and non-state actors have evolved their own processes
for taking advantage of other nations and people using un-conventional warfare.
Sovereign nation states also tend to be using assumptions from the
19th Century that no longer fit what is happening in radical
modernity (the last 15 years); some features of modern life:
a) The pervasive presence of delinear processes
b) Rapid change
c) Pervasive indeterminacy and uncertainty making probability modelling
d) Interconnectedness and inter-dependency
Given the above and recognising
that the world currently has extreme inequality in the power of nation states,
and that the powerful think that power is their unquestionable right, this
Treaty has to convey massive benefits
to the currently powerful and weak alike such that it is acceptable to all.
This Treaty has
a) firstly, embody and embrace loving, caring, and nurturing along
with a profound respecting of difference, while also respecting humanity’s
unalienable rights, including the right to determine differing ways of living,
and differing local governances that collaborate with locals from other
localities in forming regional and global governances, and
b) secondly, it has to have humane caring processes for engaging with
those who at first reject this Treaty;
c) thirdly, it has to create a context between and within sovereign
nations for humanity in all of its differences to evolve together the incoming
epoch on earth;
d) fourthly, it has to do all of this without triggering financial
and societal collapse.
This Treaty, in
bringing together sovereign nation states that have all manner of laws, systems
of law, or breaking down of law, or lawlessness, has to embody, as the Law
above all law, the wellness of earth and
cannot take away people’s unalienable rights while claiming to recognise and
protect their unalienable rights.
This means that this Treaty must not be prescriptive in detailing
a New Paradigm.
This Treaty has to set the scene and support a mood and climate
for a New Paradigm to emerge through people of the world taking back ability
over their lives in exercising their unalienable rights.
The Treaty has
to allow space for both universal input and scope for difference. No entity
can impose their universal recipe on everyone else. Oppositional reaction would
7) It follows that this Treaty cannot impose the beliefs, views, feelings, ideas, and passions of the few on the many. In nature, wombats remain wombats and engage in wombat way. Creatures maintain their differences and differing ways of living. That is nature’s way.
In fitting the
preceding Criteria, the Treaty has to result in local, regional, and global
transitioning that is peaceful, loving, caring, and nurturing. It has to
generate a loving caring mood. Hence, it must not be a smashing of the existing power structure, and then using control of
global finance to impose a new power structure; that is repeating the current
failed World Order Model and repeating old paradigm behaviour!
The sudden collapse of our taken-for-granted really throws people.
Smashing the ‘old’ system has a very high probability of ‘letting loose the
dogs of war’ spreading mass contagion of a mindless destruction.
This Treaty must
make the minimum of changes to the existing taken-for-granted while meeting all
of the other Criteria of this Treaty.
10) The Treaty has to recognise, support, and contribute to
consciousness raising that has already
been extensively happening on the margins for ages; behaviour change,
mobilising of transitioning, and transforming starting in human relating in the relational social spheres of life (mutual-help and self-help) and spreading
through the economic and political spheres of life in the many and varied
located contexts on earth.
11) The Treaty has to recognise that people immersed in the old
paradigm have little capacity to comprehend anything outside of their
comprehension. Thomas Kuhn who introduced the concept ‘paradigm’ was
identifying that people have a very particular shared ‘window’ or ‘world view’
that is an explanatory framework for everything in the view. ‘Paradigms’
include never-questioned ways of knowing, theories, methods, as well as the
content of the shared knowing. Paradigms are very resistant to change. For
paradigm holders, typically, if they do not comprehend it, it’s a sham and
nonsense. New paradigm consciousness is
for many powerful people, outside their comprehension. Hence, the Treaty has to
engage old paradigm people while working with the free energy of the emerging
To paraphrase Thomas Kuhn who
introduced the concept ‘paradigm’, old paradigm people typically live lives
parallel to new paradigm people and take their version of the old paradigm with
them to the grave. People with the emerging new consciousness recognise
anomalies - where happenings are no longer accounted for by the old paradigm
and they begin transforming and entering into an emerging new paradigm.
12) The Treaty has to allow room for the emergence of new
hetero-paradigms; that is, multiple differing paradigms of living well together
(cleavered unity - as in ‘united in
separateness’) that are the natural consequence of people exercising their
unalienable rights. This entails inter-paradigm perception - something that
interculturals tend to be evolving.
13) In fully recognising humanity’s unalienable rights to determine
how they live with each other and to determine their own forms of governance,
this Treaty cannot specify, direct, or control sovereign nations’ in their ways
of administering their respective nation states like global finance does today.
That would maintain the dominant, imposing, and dominating aspect of the old
flawed World Order Model.
14) While this Treaty is an agreement between sovereign nations, and peoples including Unique Peoples
(indigenous people ) it has to recognise that we all live in a massively
interconnected world, and that what happens within
a sovereign nation can have massive detrimental effects outside the
In recognising this, Signatories
also agree to some limits on things that happen within their respective
15) The Treaty has to set in motion a return of the common-wealth
value of the planet to the people in ways that inevitably result in a peaceful,
caring loving transitioning in the many spheres of life and that does not cause
consumption, waste, and exhaustion of earth’s resources to the detriment of
16) This Treaty cannot attempt to transform people’s behaviour or
spread love by legislation and regulation. Such an attempt will fail. The wise
of the Ages have embraced values-based guiding principles over and above laws
Evidence demonstrates that humane
caring networks at the margins do
have transforming processes that work in the many spheres of life through people
engaging in self-help and mutual-help in exercising their unalienable rights,
and rights linked to unalienable rights.
17) This Treaty has to have what’s called face validity; that is, it
has to immediately make sense and be acceptable to people.
18) This Treaty has to have all, or nearly all sovereign nations
signing, especially the powerful nations.
19) This Treaty has to create social cohesion rather than
polarisation. Example: collaborating and cooperating rather than bickering and
20) This Treaty has to have a loving caring relational mediating in
resolving differences, and at worst, contain process for addressing/living well
with current and potential non-compliers.
21) The Treaty has to fit all of the sovereign nations involved such
that they can, without compromising Treaty Articles, readily ratify and
implement it within or alongside their current constitutions and
The Treaty has
to have scope in the longer term to be able to explore a world that does not
have the hardly noticed carryover of old paradigm impositions of institutions,
concepts, and practices.
One example, is exploring futures that have alternatives to the
notion ‘nation’ that is today a universal.
Other modes of groupings and collectivities may be explored, as is
an unalienable right. Another example is a world that tempers the dominant
world’s pervasive use of control through categorisation – pervasively using
splitting, departmentalising, sectorising, and disconnecting – rather, moving
towards holistic modes of sense making and engaging that mirror the
interweaving and co-mingling of nature.
23) The Treaty must not have undesirable unintended implications and
24) The Treaty has to have a pervasive loving caring nurturing feel to
it with themes expressed in the positive with scarce reference to former times.
25) The Treaty has to recognise procrastination as a form of
26) The expression and language in the Treaty must be universally
27) Most importantly, the Treaty must not remove unalienable rights of
people in their various groupings and places to determine their own governance.
The following Preliminary Treaty may be used in organising Treaty
It has been in the process of evolving since the late 1950s and
has be woven together to meet every one of the above 31 Criteria.