The Third Generation Project
Rethinking Rights, Informing Change

Values & Methodology

We Believe:

1.     Individual and collective human rights are equal in importance. However, there is a lack of emphasis on the necessity for collective human rights.

2.     Climate change is the greatest threat to individual and collective human rights around the world.

3.     Prioritizing the concerns and voices of ‘frontline communities’, which include Indigenous Peoples, fossil fuel-dependent communities, and coastal and island communities is paramount to our actions as a think tank.

4.     Addressing climate change requires research and action, both of which must have communities at the helm of their development and execution

5.     Researchers, both from academic and practitioner fields, who engage with communities experiencing vulnerability and marginalization have a duty to be transparent and responsive in the development of research agendas

6.     Free, Prior, and Informed Consent is the most important principle in any decision that affects the well-being of frontline communities. This principle applies to academic and practitioner communities

7.     States, businesses, and civil societies have a duty to end destructive practices that perpetuate or exacerbate climate change.

The Discourse

The Third Generation Project advocates for a reframing of the discourse surrounding collective rights, arguing that long-term solutions to the critical issues facing our world – including intolerance, environmental degradation and poverty – require a collective conversation that prioritises the voices of those from communities dealing with these issues on a daily basis.

Prioritizing Communities

We thus support a collaborative and community-centred approach that highlights the knowledge systems so often overlooked by Western praxis, and that works with marginalized communities to identify both the pressing problems affecting their communities, and the potential solutions to them.

Creating Conversations

In doing so, we hope to bring communities, academics, activists, practitioners and policymakers together to create the potential for policy change through in-depth, meticulous and critical research that espouses innovative policy options based on long-term community engagement and participation.