My New Year's resolution for 2005: do all I can to further the goals and ideals of the Global Voices Covenant. Here is the final wording, developed collectively by people around the world:
We believe in free speech: in protecting the right to speak – and the right to listen. We believe in universal access to the tools of speech.
To that end, 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.
Thanks to new tools, 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.
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.
We are Global Voices.
The Global Voices Blog and Wiki are coordinating a wide variety of projects and initiatives by people who believe in the values stated above. They include Tsunami-info.org, the Digital Divide Network, Bloggercorps, Emergency Action Blog, WSISblogs.org, and many others.