What if the leaders of “the West”​ were to follow Zelenskyy’s lead — and involve us?

  • What if Ursula von der Leyen made a film addressing the Russian people directly, just as Zelenskyy did, making an offer of friendship and addressing Putin’s misinformation as fellow citizens of the world? What if she went one step further than Zelenskyy, crowdsourcing the content for such a film — messages of friendship and fellowship to the Russian people, blaming Putin not them — from the people of Europe?
  • What if the UN or the EU reached out to Anonymous or the European Co-working Assembly and offered support for their efforts, asking them what they might need to do more?
  • What if Sadiq Khan collaborated with Transparency International and expert voices like Oliver Bullough to run a Citizens Assembly or deliberative polling exercise to refine their recommendations into a “People’s Plan” to clean up London’s role in Russian financial crime, and then made the resulting demands of central government, with the backing and ownership of London’s citizens?
  • What if the EU or Germany — or indeed the UK — ran a participatory democracy process on reducing gas consumption, maybe using the software Taiwan uses to crowdsource policy?
  • What if, as a very basic starting point, our national leaders could simply address us directly, celebrate what we are already doing, and say “We are all in this, and it could get harder — keep giving what you can, keep using less gas if you can, keep protesting where you can, keep doing what you can, and being together as much as you can — it all matters”?

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