What is The Collective Contract? The Collective Contract is a set of terms and conditions, that replace those used by corporations, which, when used by you in your ordinary daily purchases, revolutionize how the corporations function socially, financially, environmentally, and politically.
What kind of problems does using the Collective Contract prevent?Using the Collective Contract stops power and wealth going into organisations for the exploitation of human beings, for the destruction of communities, for the corporate hijack of democracy, for damage to nature, and for violence by governments against people. It allows corporations or governments to have power and wealth, only as far as they do not engage in those harmful activities.
How do we stand up to economic interests in this way? We do this by using the Collective Contract as our universal standard terms and conditions, whenever we buy anything from a corporation. Doing this prevents uncontrolled power being transferred from individuals and communities into corporations.
Is it true that widespread use of the Collective Contract makes it possible to shut down harmful organisations, like corporations or even bad governments? Yes, using the Collective Contract, in this way, creates a whole new situation where economic interests come under the control of the individuals whose collective power they have hijacked. It then becomes possible to shut down those harmful organisations, or alternatively to convert them into benign organisations. The Collective Contract is an incredibly important new tool for everyone fighting tyranny, economic inequality, and environmental damage.
Essentially what the terms and conditions in the Collective Contract do is to create a mechanism of control over what the corporations can do with the wealth it obtains from you (and from everyone else who funds them).
Is this effective against economic organisations we do not buy from?Yes. Use of the Collective Contract with corporations you do buy from, changes corporations you do not buy from. The effect of the Collective Contract happens, whether you buy from the harmful corporations or not.
How is a corporation transformed by its Userbase using The Collective Contract? The corporation changes from being an opaque organisation in which decisions about the collective wealth of global communities are made in secret by few people, for the benefit of shareholders, to an organisation whose decisions and decision making processes are transparent to the whole community. The corporation ceases to be an organisation that uses collective wealth of the global communities for the benefit of shareholders to one which uses that collective wealth for the benefit of the communities from which the wealth arises. This process is in line with the natural duties of economic organisations. You can read more about these natural and universal duties here. The effects of these changes are complex but we can summarize the effects of them as follows
- The corporation can no longer covertly buy the political agenda or influence the economic, social or foreign policy of governments.
- The corporation can no longer pursue policies which risk damage to the environment.
- The corporation can no longer engage in exploitative working practices.
- The corporation cannot distribute the wealth of the community unfairly.
- The corporation cannot supply products to organisations involved in human rights abuses.
What is a corporation’s userbase? The userbase of a corporation is everyone affected by and involved in the economic footprint of a corporation — this is the total community which the corporation’s wealth is abstracted from.
Which corporations will welcome the Collective Contract? Those corporations which do not harm their userbase, will welcome the collective Contract because they will benefit greatly from the new ability to serve the needs of their userbase. This a wonderful situation for an economic organisation to be in and it is what they are meant for.
Which Corporations will oppose the Collective Contract? These economic organisms which are parasitic and make profits out of harming communities for the benefit of particular economic interests, will oppose the Collective Contract, because it destroys the economic situation on which their model is based.
How do I start using The Collective Contract? The Collective Contract works just like the terms and conditions that a company gets you to agree to, when you buy something online. The Collective Contract goes into effect as soon as you send it to a corporation. This tells the corporation what your terms and conditions are. Its a standard of behaviour for the corporations. If they want your business, they have to accept them.
How do I transmit The Collective Contract to a corporation? In 2015 you will be able to click-send The Collective Contract via the Direct Action Network from your phone or your desktop. At the moment the best way is to just can use email or snail mail. Keep a record of having sent it.
What are smart boycotts using the Collective Contract and what is different about them? The kind of non cooperation with corporations that becomes possible by using the Collective Contract differs from ordinary boycotts in five important ways. 1. These smart boycotts are global, whereas traditional boycotts were generally local and piecemeal affairs. 2. They involve the blocking of the target’s supply and distribution chains, whereas traditional boycotts only targeted the retail sales. 3. It also involves non cooperation with the rogue corporations by those ‘green’ corporations, (i.e. those that have accepted the Collective Contract) which exist in the target corporation’s supply and distribution network! Traditional boycotts are only done by individuals, not by other corporations. 4. smart boycotts are intelligent and coordinated — they are based on live strategic information gained through the Direct Action Network. 5. This type of action leads to permanent conversion or elimination of the target corporation, whereas in traditional boycott’s the target is lost as soon as the action ends.
What makes this type of non cooperation so effective in bringing round harmful organisations or governments? Smart boycotts, enabled by the Collective Contract are able to shut down all of the economic operations of a harmful economic organisation or government. This works progressively, first to a devaluation the organizations share price — capital flight — and then to higher operating costs, to lack of finance, to problems of supply, production and distribution, then to an inability to meet orders or pay its suppliers and then, if it still refuses to adopt the Collective Contract, to the closure of the organisation. This ability to “switch off” a harmful corporation is completely new. With harmful governments, the lock down happens because the abusive government is unable to pay it’s employees (particularly the agencies involved in violence against the population, like the security and intelligence services), or to raise tax revenues. On the wider scale, its communications cease to work, it finds itself unable to communicate via telephone or internet, it cannot heat its buildings, pay for food or petrol etc. It just becomes a non-entity. The great benefit here is that it can be done without loss of life, without violence and without the government being able to retaliate.
How are users of the Collective Contract interconnected so that the corporations can be brought under democratic control? The Collective Contract brings into existence an interconnection of all those affected by the global footprint of the corporation. This network is called the Direct Action Network or DAN. You can read more about the Direct Action Network here
How does changing the way corporations behave like this, solve problems like tyranny, war, state-surveillance, environmental damage, and poverty? If you look at the root cause of each of these problems, you will find they are all engendered by a fatal mismatch between the system used to represent wealth (i.e. various kind of money) and wealth, which is not a thing, but a relationship, an ecosystem, where what matters is the degree of integrity between needs and giving. The use of the Collective Contract removes the system fault, and enables the ecosystem between needs and giving to balance itself naturally.
Is using the Collective Contract legal? The Collective Contract is completely legal. It only involves people not buying from a corporation or not selling to it. There is no principal of law by which a government can tell the people which corporations they must buy from or sell to. This is enshrined in the legal principle of “freedom of contract” which is at the very heart of any efficient economy.
Where can I find a copy of The Collective Contract? You can read and study the Collective Contract here