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Anon - Wendell Berry - Buckminster Fuller - Gandhi - Carl Sagan / UK


“Everyone brings their crumbs of knowledge to the task and if they don’t, we’re the lesser for it.” Sue Gardner, Wikimedia Foundation / help CASwiki

"Think globally, act locally W" Patrick Geddes

"The future is here. It's just not widely distributed yet." - William Gibson [1]

"What's missing isn't the ideas... it's the will to execute them." Seth Godin

"Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Begin it now." Goethe

“We’re like a road show. We don’t have a space, so we use the community."
Lucy Gomez-Feliciano, Early Learning and Health Director of Logan Square Neighborhood Association. [2] / Chicago, Community resources

"Every individual counts, every individual has a role to play, every individual makes a difference." Jane Goodall W

"We must abandon the conceit that individual, isolated, private actions are the answer. They can and do help. But they will not take us far enough without collective action." [3]

"The future is knocking at our door right now. Make no mistake, the next generation will ask us one of two questions. Either they will ask: "What were you thinking; why didn't you act?" Or they will ask instead: "How did you find the moral courage to rise and successfully resolve a crisis that so many said was impossible to solve?" We have everything we need to get started... "We have a purpose. We are many. For this purpose we will rise, and we will act." [4]

Al Gore W [5]

"A great high wall there, it tried to stop me

A great big sign there, said ‘private property’

But on the other side, it didn’t say nothing

That side was made for you and me." – Woody Guthrie, This Land Is Your Land

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"Today's world requires us to accept the oneness of humanity."

"We humans are social beings. We come into the world as the result of others’ actions. We survive here in dependence on others. Whether we like it or not, there is hardly a moment of our lives when we do not benefit from others’ activities. For this reason it is hardly surprising that most of our happiness arises in the context of our relationships with others."

"I think that it is generally true that members of certain traditional, rural communities, do enjoy a greater harmony and tranquillity than those settles on our modern cities. My impression is that those living in the materially developed countries, for all their industry, are in some ways less satisfied, are less happy, and to some extent suffer more than those living in the least developed countries. Indeed, if we compare the rich with the poor, it often seems that those with less are often less anxious. As for the rich......they are so caught up with the idea of acquiring more than that they make no room for anything else in their lives. As a result, they are constantly plagued by mental and emotional suffering - even though outwardly they may appear to be leading entirely successful and comfortable lives."

Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama [6]


"We now understand better than ever that innovation is very often a social, interactive process rather than one of individual creativity, and that networks play a vital role in the creation and the transfer of new knowledge and innovation." David H Hargreaves

“The freedom to make and remake our cities and ourselves is one of the most precious yet most neglected of our human rights.” David Harvey, The Right to the City [7]

“Every town is a transition town because we are on a transitioning planet, ...” [8]

"Working for the earth is not a way to get rich, it is a way to be rich." [9] / Sustainable livelihood

Paul Hawken

"There are some 2 billion people, many living sustainably with traditional livelihoods, who are unlikely to ever have access to banks or dominant money systems. Yet, their mutual aid and barter can be facilitated independently from our dysfunctional money systems, which are about scarcity, competition and fear. Barter and mutual aid are about cooperation, sharing and abundance."

"Unpaid work (parenting, growing food for family and community needs, maintaining households, volunteering in community service, do-it-yourself home and community construction, and repair projects) is estimated as some 50 % of all production in OECD countries and 60 to 65 percent in developing countries."

Hazel Henderson

"The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit." Nelson Henderson

"And all that we learned, we shared with one another, so that wisdom ever grew greater." Robin Hobb

"... What of the relationships built, the degree to which people feel more hopeful, skilled, connected, positive, resilient? What are the gardens actually growing? What are the community energy companies actually generating? What are the construction projects actually building? And these are just a fraction of the thousands of Transition groups in now over 50 countries. And these are just a fraction of the wider, diverse, and innovative networks of grassroots responses happening around the world. " Rob Hopkins [10]

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"In making any law, our chiefs must always consider three things: the effect of their decision on peace; the effect on the natural world; and the effect on seven generations in the future. We believe that all lawmakers should be required to think this way, that all constitutions should contain these rules. . .. " Carol Jacobs, Cayuga Bear Clan Mother

"Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody." Jane Jacobs W, writer and activist / Urban sustainability

"Vision without action is a daydream, action without vision is a nightmare." Japanese proverb


“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much” Helen Keller

"Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the life of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends a tiny ripple of hope, and those ripples, crossing each other from a million different centers of energy, build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance." Robert F. Kennedy

"Treat the Earth well. It is not inherited from your parents, it is borrowed from your children." Kenyan proverb

"...and for many others today, re-engagement is essential for long-term vitality. This requires re-connecting with participative ways of knowing." Esko Kilpi [11] / Community involvement

"Before we finish our breakfast we have come into contact with 2/3rds of the world." Martin Luther King

"A defining difference between Empire and Community, Suicide Economy and Living Economy is the shift from hierarchy to networking as organizing principle."

"The seeds of living economies have already been planted and are taking root in countless communities throughout the world. Some have been around for a long time. They include land trusts, local organic farms and farmer's markets, enterprises producing and marketing innovative environmental services and products, community supported agriculture initiatives, local restaurants specializing in locally grown organic produce, community banks, local currencies, buy local campaigns, fair traded coffee, worker buyouts of factories whose owners are moving production abroad, family businesses that take pride in community service, employee and community owned businesses, production networks of small producers taking on large projects, recycling business, independent book stores that serve as community learning centers, independent media, community sustainability indicators, green business directories, independent business alliances and much more."

"To the forces of community, the world is inherently nurturing, compassionate, and overflowing with creative abundance and opportunity. In the world of community we consider violence and conflict to be irrational, because they are self-destructive — a violation against the sacred spiritual unity that is the source of life and the ground of all being. Meaning and purpose are found in equitably sharing power and resources to secure the well-being of all as we engage in a cooperative exploration of life’s infinite creative possibilities."

"For all our differences, we all wanted the same thing: healthy children, families, and communities with healthy natural environments living in peace and cooperation—and not just for ourselves. We wanted it for everyone." [12]

David Korten W

"The global destruction of cities and countryside, of human cultures and of nature itself, can only be reversed by a global philosophical, technical, cultural, moral and economic project: by an ecological project." Leon Krier

"You are the world"

"It's no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society."

"Where the word is the deed, that is integrity."

"When you lose your relationship with nature & the vast heavens, you lose your relationship with man"

"Nature is part of our life. If you hurt nature you are hurting yourself."

Jiddu Krishnamurti [13]

"You, my sisters, perhaps it is your husband who earns the money for your family, but it is you who are determining how that money is spent; and in so doing you are deciding the fate of your village. You may choose to buy the beautiful silk made in France or Belgium, or you may choose the khadi cloth made by your sister and your neighbor. When you choose the khadi cloth, you are investing in more than cloth, you are investing in your neighbor, her children, and your village. As you watch the children walking to school in the morning, fed by the earnings of their mother, you realize that you and they are woven together through the cloth. You and your village are richer in proportion to the number of such stories that unite you." J. C. Kumarappa


"Every time you spend money, you're casting a vote for the kind of world you want." Anna Lappe [14]

"What the caterpillar perceives is the end, to the butterfly is just the beginning." Lao Tzu

"No other person can be as expert about your life, your values, your hopes than you are. And any process that tries to define the future and does not find a way to include your expertise on your life is doomed to fail"
Gary Lawrence, former chief planner for the city of Seattle

"They wrote about another world, the dirt world. That too, too solid world which the Zeroes made naught of.

Ti Chiu, Dichew, the dirt-ball. Earth. The "garbage" world. The "trash" planet.

These words are archaic, history-words, attached only to history-images: receptacles were filled with "dirty" "garbage" that was poured into vehicles which carried it to "trash dumps" to "throw away."

What does that mean? Where is "away"?

Ursula K. Le Guin

“if you want creativity, take a zero off your budget. If you want sustainability, take off two zeros.” Architect and former mayor of Curitiba Jaime Lerner

"Live simply that all may simply live" The Lifestyle Movement

of course permaculture
"if we all did our bit then we could all live in peace with nature alittle more.
nature is what has brought us here and supported us. to start your own forest garden for example is very simple. simplicity is a major part of permaculture. everything has multifunctions, cooperating with each activity. for example the garden gives you food, gives animals food, trees clean the air and may create windbreaks, the food you eat will be discarded and then turned into compost. I could go on and on. life supporting life. not major food chains, insecticides, or monoculture. what a healthy harmonious life it is too. coming from an ecovillage in argentina gives me inspiration to start my own one day. until then i will do my part, remembering that everything i do affects the generations ahead of me. community and family gardening, composting, or just being in nature are examples of awesome ideas for anyone if you are interested.. there is alot to learn from nature and permaculture, books are good but so is being surrounded by the wonderfulness of a green ecosystem. go outside!! chau from brazil"
lydia [15]

"The Arctic is the barometer of the globe’s environmental health. You can take the pulse of the world’s health in the Arctic... What is happening to the Inuit will happen to you too in the South, soon… Is it too much to ask for moderation for the sake of my people today, and for your people tomorrow?" Aqqaluk Lynge, president of the Inuit Circumpolar Council (ICC). [16]


"The environment is very important in the aspects of peace because when we destroy our resources and our resources become scarce, we fight over that" Wangari Maathai W, Nobel Laureate

"There is nothing more important in life than giving. Tolerance is forged when people look beyond their own desires."

"Sometimes it falls upon a generation to be great. You can be that generation." [17]

Nelson Mandela

"If the garbage man calls, tell him we don't want any" Groucho Marx / Reduce, reuse, repair and recycle

"Almost everyone wants to make something of their lives, to promote their own well-being and that of others around them. We all want to ‘live well’, and the basic values -survival, happiness, friendship, self-respect, freedom, a sense of fulfillment and a meaning of life - are at the heart of our flourishing as human beings and as members of society. They are what life is about." Margaret McGee

"A world where one tenth of the population gets to be extremely wealthy, and six tenths very poor, is not, in the long run, a stable place."

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“The most important thing an individual can do is not be an individual. Join together—that’s why we have movements like or Green for All, like BlackLivesMatter or Occupy. If there’s not a fight where you live, find people to support, from Standing Rock to the Pacific islands. Job one is to organize and jobs two and three.”
And if you have some time left over after that, then by all means make sure your lightbulbs are all LEDs and your kale comes from close to home." [18]

Bill McKibben W

"Our new environment compels commitment and participation. We have become irrevocably involved with, and responsible for, each other." Marshall McLuhan

"It is the millions of acts by ordinary people that will eventually make a difference." Hamish McRae

"It self-organizes and evolves. It creates diversity, not uniformity. That's what makes the world interesting, that's what makes it beautiful, and that's what makes it work." Donella Meadows

"In an ideal society, everyone should work for the wellbeing of others." Mencius

"The best mechanism to confront the challenge of climate change are not market mechanisms, but conscious, motivated, and well organized human beings endowed with an identity of their own."

"In this negotiation process towards Copenhagen, it is fundamental to guarantee the participation of our people as active stakeholders at a national, regional and worldwide level, especially taking into account those sectors most affected, such as indigenous peoples who have always promoted the defense of Mother Earth."

Evo Morales Ayma, President of Bolivia, November 28, 2008

"You can't tell people anything...
... Mainly that's about being able to do things without having to explain them first, so that the finished product can be the explanation. I think this will be a major labor saving improvement." Chip Morningstar

"When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world." John Muir



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  1. wikiquote
  3. Al Gore on the acceptance of the Nobel Peace Prize, December 10 2007 [1]
  4. Al Gore on the acceptance of the Nobel Peace Prize, December 10 2007 [2]
  5. Al Gore on wikiquote
  6. Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama on wikiquote
  7. Build the City: perspectives on commons and culture
  9. Design Thinking
  10. Why COP21 matters, and why I'm going. Rob Hopkins. October 29, Transition Network
  12. The World We Want, Portland, OR, June 13, 2008, Source:, June 13, 2008
  13. Jiddu Krishnamurti on wikiquote,
  14. O Magazine, June 2003
  15. link to thunderbay.indymedia article
  16. Greenpeace UK, July 31 2007
  17. Make Poverty History rally, Trafalgar Square, February 2005