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Principles of Transnational Action

An attempt at a set of guidelines (Part #1)

Published in: International Associations 25, March, pp. 138-144. rev ed [PDF version]. Also in: The Open Society: report of seminar to reflect on the network of international associations (a seminar in Milan of the Union of International Associations). Brussels, UIA, 1973, pp. 104-114. Also French, Nederlands, Espagnol, Italiano, Deutsch.
  1. Range of organizational styles
  2. Implications of the use of "transnational"
  3. Organizational network
  4. Representativeness
  5. Evaluation
  6. Coordination and mobilization
  7. Relationship with governmental bodies
  8. Relationship with multinational business enterprises
  9. Issue areas
  10. Values
  11. Social development
  12. Participative opportunity
  13. Communication and facilities
  14. Responsibility and rights

To avoid confusion, repetition, and sterile debate in governmental or nongovernmental assemblies, some clear statement describing the open society into which we see ourselves moving is required, together with some description of the nature, functioning and interrelationship of the social entities which are seen as having their place in it.

The following propositions were, in their original form, distributed to the Milan Seminar participants as an attempt to bring together various insights, some of which derived from other working papers or from views expressed by the participants in other contexts. The intention was to provide a starting point from which some form of statement could be built up to provide a first set of guidelines to the desirable "style" of voluntary and non-governmental action in the future.

In its present form, the text has been restructured and clarified in the light of comments made. In addition, a set of action proposals has been related to each paragraph.

t of comments made. In addition, a set of action proposals has been related to each paragraph.