Welcome to Global Referendum 2020

The collective will of the people, as long as it is in accordance with the principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Earth Charter, shall be the highest expression of political power on planet Earth.


In the course of research and development in digital intelligence we have discovered a principle of intelligence itself. At the top of the hierarchy of intelligence is the whole, and the whole is greater than the sum of the parts because the parts are different. This applies to creating a digital representation of human intelligence.


The principles by which we live are what the rapidly emerging machine intelligence will learn. It is difficult to focus on underlying principles when there are so many crises clamoring for our attention. Difficult though it may be, getting focused and united on these principles now in 2019, during this critical developmental period in the emerging synergy between human and machine intelligence, could radically alter the rest of our future.


This website is an exercise in visualizing the future in which I want to live. Collective democracy, based on universal principles, from the local to the global level is a big part of that. Additional articles can be found at a companion website, Ratification Through Referendum.


A possible date for the first global referendum is Saturday, March 21, 2020. That will be the Fall Equinox in the Southern Hemisphere, and the Spring Equinox in the Northern Hemisphere. Night and day will be of equal duration all around the world.


Why the year 2020? The year 2020 feels like soon enough to make a difference, and far enough away to allow time for preparations.


John Kintree

November 5, 2016

revised, July 23, 2018


Update March 9, 2019

If we create a machine-learning representation of collective human intelligence based on the principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Earth Charter, can this representation be used to help raise the Intelligence Quotient (IQ) of humanity?


It's an open research question.


So, let's create a machine-learning representation of those principles, embed it in a conversational AI, make it accessible through the open Internet, and find out.


Update March 1, 2019

It is with immense relief that I recognize that I do not have to create the Truth. All I have to do is to point at it, the principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Earth Charter. Those principles are an enduring representation of collective human intelligence.


Update, February 25, 2019

What do we want?

Global collective democracy.

When do we want it?


The most recent article is "Why Not Here?"