A[edit | edit source]
"It's not me that is 'hard to reach' it's those people with the money & power that are"
anon person described as excluded
"To sit in the shade on a fine day and look upon verdure is the most perfect refreshment."
B[edit | edit source]
"The tree, which moves some to tears of joy, is, in the eyes of others, only a green thing that stands in the way. As a man is, so he sees."
"Anyone who believes exponential growth can go on forever in a finite world is either a madman or an economist."
"Complementary currencies can reveal to us that, even in the poorest places, there are vast living assets - ideas, skills, time, love even - that can turn our ideas of scarcity on their heads."
David Boyle / Community currencies activism
"Go with your gut instinct. Be innovative. Innovation is about challenge, challenging others, challenging yourself, your own perceptions. If its hasn't got a challenge in it let someone else do it - you go and do something that is unique."
C[edit | edit source]
"We see people-power-place in action when our neighbourhoods, villages, towns or cities become a focus of common interest. When people make their place a community of interest. When communities of place become communities of interest we begin to develop a set of in-common aims, objectives and intentions. Dreams and aspirations for neighbourhoods are discussed and opportunities to make it happen are pursued, in common. When things begin to change physically, behaviour change follows and, importantly, neighbourhood we-ness builds to oversee a reinvention of place and community.
Any enabling processes that support and encourage this regaining of place by its people will likely involve only light touch governance to enable the spirit of place to re-emerge. I anticipate that such initiatives will become the sustaining force behind flourishing communities."
Prof. Rhiannon Corcoran, Academic Lead, Community Wellbeing Evidence Programme. Institute of Psychology, Health and Society, University of Liverpool.
D[edit | edit source]
"The power of the web fundamentally stems from joining things up and sharing,..."
David De Roure, professor at the School of Electronics and Computer Science at the University of Southampton, member of IW3C2 (the International World Wide Web Conference Committee)
F[edit | edit source]
"A chasm is opening between people and mainstream politics. Britain needs a strong movement to campaign for democratic and constitutional reform and tackle some of the more difficult issues regarding engaging citizens in the political process."
G[edit | edit source]
"Only We CAN imagine and build the future that works for us all."
"Think Globally, Act Locally W"
"If the rhetoric of community-led regeneration is to be translated into real change, then informal networks are crucial to the journey..."
H[edit | edit source]
"My passion isn't for hydro, it's for people taking control of their own futures." Ann Harding, Settle Hydro / Community energy
"For sure, the days of neighbourhood online networks are not far off. Local nets will give you all this and better, more efficiently, less expensively, with genuine options for user-involvement and interaction - and by extension in my view, conversational democracy. But without the paper." Kevin Harris / Communities online UK
"Permaculture inspires empowerment, cooperation and self-reliance. The greatest contribution you can make is to take responsibility for your own actions, to look after your children, and connect with the people around you in your community."
J[edit | edit source]
"We are social creatures, our behaviours are shaped and constrained by social norms and expectations. Negotiating change is best pursued at the level of groups and communities. Social support is particularly vital in breaking habits, and in devising new social norms and more sustainable patterns of consumption. Government can play a vital role in nurturing and supporting community based social change."
Professor Tim Jackson, University of Surrey
K[edit | edit source]
"Most people participate in their communities not as part of organised groups, but in doing acts of kindness"
Professor Carolyn Kagan, Professor of Community Social Psychology at Manchester Metropolitan University.
"The poetry of the earth is never dead."
"The difficulty lies not in the new ideas but in the escaping the old ones"
John Maynard Keynes
L[edit | edit source]
"We have grown in numbers to the point where our presence is perceptibly disabling the planet like a disease. As in human diseases there are four possible outcomes: destruction of the invading disease organisms; chronic infection; destruction of the host; or symbiosis - a lasting relationship of mutual benefit to the host and invader.
I believe that we have the capacity to choose symbiosis over self-destruction. But we need a rapid, massive and global awakening at a personal level if we are not to go the way of any disease successfully thwarted by its host."
Localisation has to be the way forward for a Europe that wants more jobs, better social conditions, AND an improved environment, and at the same time a non-exploitative relationship with Eastern Europe and the developing world."
Caroline Lucas, MEP for the South East of England / Localism
M[edit | edit source]
"There are striking variations in health across different areas of the UK and what is clear is that not only physical aspects of the area, like pollution, affect health, but also things like the level of trust, tolerance and the level of social cohesion."
Sir Michael Marmot
"It is no longer sufficient to develop passive lists or reports to 'inform' citizens of changes in our environment. We need to engage with citizens and ask how they can 'inform' us. Obtaining and using local knowledge will help us empower citizens, and it will also give us a better indication of what we need to do to be truly sustainable." Jacqueline McGlade / Citizens data initiative
"Every great movement must
experience three stages:
ridicule, discussion and adoption."
John Stewart Mill
"...the growing connectedness of the world is the most important social and economic fact of our times."
O[edit | edit source]
"The public gets what it asks for: ask for the "good stuff" and that's what they'll have to supply, Similarly, refuse to buy the "bad stuff" and the market for it will collapse. The power of the public is potentially enormous - let's use it."
P[edit | edit source]
"Government needs to be at least as good as any other sector in communication, and arguably should set new standards. It ought to be a sensitive and comprehensive listener. It must be an efficient and prompt disseminator of information. It has to answer questions accurately, honestly and completely. It must be accountable for what it does, prepared to explain and defend its decisions but also admit its mistakes."
The Phillis Report
Q[edit | edit source]
R[edit | edit source]
"The only thing that will redeem mankind is cooperation."
"you can never move faster than the speed of trust" when it comes to community engagement.
S[edit | edit source]
"There are no environmental solutions to environmental problems, only social, economic and political ones"
"The single biggest problem with communication is the illusion that it has occurred."
George Bernard Shaw / Community involvement
"Unless we involve people in the definition of their problems and the choice of solutions, we will produce a thin governing system that produces public services that patch over problems rather than going to their heart."
Gerry Stoker, Chair of the New Local Government Network (NLGN) think-tank and Professor of Political Science at Manchester University. / Community involvement
T[edit | edit source]
"If I had to choose one word - it would be Generosity. It's about having the generosity of spirit to recognise that however fantastic you think your idea is there are loads and loads of other people out there who have also got great ideas and who have been working really hard...Realise that you are surrounded by people who are trying to do good, but haven't quite managed to crack it yet. If you've got a great idea go out and find them and say 'How can my idea help you?' rather than thinking about 'How can I start from scratch?'. It's about basic human generosity."
"One day soon, our high streets, parks, libraries, housing hubs, train stations, and cafes will become spaces for us to meet, repair, make, borrow, lend, grow, bake, reflect, care, and eat together." Rebecca Trevalyan FRSA / Community resources UK
W[edit | edit source]
"Everytime I see an adult on a bicycle, I no longer despair for the future of the human race."
H. G. Wells
"Good ecology is not an optional extra but a matter of justice."
"The closer we get to a virtuous circle, in which our work, our home life, our ethics and our spirituality are mutually reinforcing, the closer we will be to achieving genuine sustainability."
- Dave Press
- David Attenborough, The Daily Telegraph, London, 12 November 2005.
- David Attenborough on wikiquote
- The Camp for Climate Action
- Global Day of Action for Climate Justice
- Living with rats, March 18 2010
- Kevin Harris, May 5 2009
- Prof. Jacqueline McGlade, Global citizen observatory - The role of individuals in observing and understanding our changing world. Lecture by Prof. Jacqueline McGlade, Executive Director, European Environment Agency. Annual Earthwatch lecture - Citizen Science, Oxford, 16th February 2009.
- Eco-junk (2007-07-24)
- Campaigning for Austerity (2005-02-03)
- The Guardian
- www.monbiot.com, George Monbiot on wikiquote
- @CormacRussell on twitter
- Troilus and Cressida
- Designing for Civil Society
- David Wilcox February 7, 2009