FIRST Global's Vision: Uniting the World through Interdependence and Responsibility

In an era where global collaboration is not just beneficial but essential, FIRST Global's pioneering "Declaration of Interdependence" and "Bill of Responsibilities" offer a blueprint for a united world. This exploration sheds light on how embracing our interconnectedness and shared duties can propel us toward a collective future marked by innovation, education, and mutual progress.

The narrative of human progress is increasingly defined by our ability to come together, transcending borders and differences. FIRST Global's vision encapsulates this ethos, presenting a compelling case for a world united through the shared values of interdependence and responsibility.

Embracing Our Interconnected World

The "Declaration of Interdependence" articulates a profound understanding of our collective reality: no person or nation exists in isolation. The challenges we face, from environmental crises to social disparities, demand a concerted, global response. This declaration champions the idea that by pooling our diverse talents and insights, humanity can forge solutions that not only address pressing issues but also enhance our collective well-being.

The Pillars of Responsibility

Complementing the declaration, the "Bill of Responsibilities" serves as a moral compass, guiding us toward a future where technology and innovation are wielded for the common good. It underscores the notion that with the power of knowledge and creativity comes the duty to use these gifts wisely and compassionately. Whether we are educators, students, or supporters, we are all custodians of the future, entrusted with the task of nurturing a world where progress and equity flourish side by side.

A Call to Collective Action

FIRST Global's vision is a clarion call for unity in action. It recognizes that in the tapestry of the 21st century, the threads of science, technology, and human empathy must be interwoven to create a resilient and inclusive global community. This vision is not merely aspirational; it is a practical roadmap for leveraging our shared strengths to tackle global challenges.

The Role of STEM Education

Central to this vision is the empowerment of young minds through STEM education. By demystifying the principles of science and technology, FIRST Global aims to equip the next generation with the tools to innovate responsibly. This commitment to education is about more than imparting knowledge; it's about fostering a global cadre of thinkers and doers who are prepared to lead with empathy and ingenuity.

FIRST Global's "Declaration of Interdependence" and "Bill of Responsibilities" are more than foundational texts; they are a manifesto for the future. They invite us to imagine a world where our fates are intertwined, where each of us contributes to a tapestry of progress that benefits all. In embracing this vision, we not only accept the challenge of our interconnected world but also seize the opportunity to shape a future defined by shared success and enduring peace. Join this journey of transformation, where together, we can turn the vision of a united world into reality.


Declaration of Interdependence

We the people of FIRST Global – the students, teachers, the mentors, the sponsors, and their supporters – declare that the time has come for the world to recognize our interdependence on one another, and accordingly invite our fellow human beings to join us in working together to improve life on our planet for ourselves and future generations.

FIRST Global believes that all people have special gifts that make them innovators. Planet Earth’s problems cannot be solved by one individual or one nation. But when we work together, there is nothing we cannot accomplish – and we can share the benefits of our new inventions with the world.

By sharing and celebrating our common understanding of science and technology, FIRST Global is devoted to cooperative pursuit of a more peaceful world by innovating together to ensure the life, liberty, success, advancement, achievement, and happiness of others.

To secure the pursuit of these goals, the people of FIRST Global now declare the following guiding principles:

  • Throughout history, innovators have allowed us to rise from the ashes of our darkest hours with profoundly transformative innovations, made by individuals and nations with the courage and wisdom to look beyond geographic boundaries and recognize that ideas are strongest when combined.
  • To overcome the urgent challenges of today and the problems our planet will face tomorrow, we will work to ensure humankind will meet and surpass the incredible accomplishments of past innovators.
  • Science and technology can unite all peoples and can, without conflict or division, be used by all nations in a spirit of innovation and cooperation to combat our common enemies of poverty, food scarcity, disease, social and economic inequalities, ignorance, and even war.
  • Now, more than ever before, it is essential to promote the opportunity for all young people to master the universal laws of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, so that as global citizens today and world leaders tomorrow, they will work collectively to ensure an improved standard of well-being in a more sustainable, peaceful world.

Therefore, we proclaim this Declaration of Interdependence, and, with common understanding and appreciation of the urgent need for one another in the quest to improve the human condition today and in the future, formally recognize our dependence on each other – and invite others to join us.


Bill of Responsibilities

In furtherance and support of the Declaration of Interdependence adopted by the people of FIRST Global – and appealing to our best natures and biggest dreams – we enthusiastically and confidently announce that with great power comes great responsibility. All of us have responsibilities: to ourselves, to each other, and to future generations. Accordingly, we mutually pledge to each other our inspiration, our empathy, and our understanding of the responsibilities set forth below.

  1. We promote peace by working together on science and technology projects. These undertakings foster common understanding and experiences.
  2. We treat everyone with unqualified kindness and respect. Empathy and hard work are the backbone of progress.
  3. We recognize the contributions of others. We learn more from each other than we do alone.
  4. We believe that the world does not need losers to have winners. One person’s success does not inevitably lead to another’s loss; instead, shared innovations can bring both rewards to innovators and a greater quality of life for all.
  5. We promote learning and creativity in our communities, our nations, and our world. Imagination and technology are essential tools to build a better future.
  6. We work to ensure that our own progress does not inhibit others. None of us can succeed at the expense of our fellow citizens.
  7. We love what we do. We share it with others and, in so doing, will not only drive our innovation, but also bring peace through collaboration.

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