CASwiki aims to help link up community and citizen action for sustainability worldwide. Concerned citizens or community action groups of all kinds shouldn't need to feel alone or disconnected.
Knowledge sharing can help! It can help with finding contacts, making connections and networking. As well as information about places, CASwiki shares information and knowledge about many Community action for sustainability topics and Resources to help action.
Citizens should be able to influence decisions which affect the places and communities in which they live, work and visit. "... it was notable that the idea that having ‘agency’ (a sense of control over what happens in your local area), is a significant factor in people’s sense of wellbeing."
We are many[edit | edit source]
Worldwide there are many of us interested in related issues. Whether it be climate change, environmental concerns such as biodiversity, social, economic or global concerns, questions of justice, or other related issues.
We the people[edit | edit source]
Sustainability isn't just something for experts. It's about everyone's quality of life and we all have a part to play. Through sharing and collaboration we can develop what becomes a citizens agenda, rather than something much narrower.
How can we help?
Together we're stronger[edit | edit source]
The more we collaborate the better our chances, the more influence we can have. The more we pool our information, knowledge and resources, the more there will be for each of us to share from. Our diversity is an additional strength. The more we collaborate the less we have to keep "reinventing the wheel."
We're all in this together[edit | edit source]
All of us will be affected by climate change and issues such as biodiversity loss, as well as all our future generations.
This pale blue dot is our only home[edit | edit source]
Wherever we live these issues will affect our own local communities. It is right that each of us should be able to influence decisions affecting our own local communities. / Carl Sagan
We are all part of the solution[edit | edit source]
We all have a part to play. We all have something to offer. No-one from outside can be as expert as you are in what it is like to live in your community. “Everyone brings their crumbs of knowledge to the task and if they don’t, we’re the lesser for it.” Sue Gardner, Wikimedia Foundation
Vast potential[edit | edit source]
Although we began at the end of 2004 we've as yet barely scratched the surface of what this wiki can be about. In the same way that Wikipedia seeks to make knowledge available to all worldwide, we can seek to make all knowledge about all aspects of sustainability available to all across the world. "If Wikipedia tells the world as it is, Sustainable Community Action dares to imagine the world as it might be."
Free to reuse and build upon[edit | edit source]
When the topics concern all our futures, these are important enough for it to be better if all the information is free to reuse and build upon.
The time is now[edit | edit source]
There's a growing sense that climate change and coming energy and resource shortages make the next few years our main, and perhaps only real chance to set a different course.
Community self-actualization[edit | edit source]
Why the focus on community action?
Community involvement, inclusion and empowerment are seen here as an integral part of sustainability.
see also: Citizen Centred Participation, Networks, Community action for sustainability
a few references
- "Community is the only sensible context for change-making... Change is not sustainable if it is not embedded in a community."
- A Manifesto for Smart Citizens,
- Greening Our Desires,
- Matt Kepple: Why we need the voluntary sector's collective expertise, Jul 12, 2018 asks "Where is our Wikipedia for social change?" ...How about right here? CASwiki and Appropedia? Philralph (talk) 10:58, 9 November 2021 (UTC)
Joining it all up[edit | edit source]
As sustainability is about seeing the bigger picture and the longer term, integration becomes quite important. This wiki offers
Integration, synthesis and synergy across at least 5 dimensions:
- Place - from the whole earth to local communities and whatever intermediate levels may be useful
- topic - environmental, social and economic well being - personal and community options
- time - a permanent, searchable, self-organising, increasingly richly detailed record of the spread of sustainable community action
- type of content - information, news, comment, images, etc., and perhaps most importantly of all
- openness to all - and in particular those that traditional and establishment initiatives tend to leave out - ordinary citizens and communities
Relationships[edit | edit source]
We aim for positive, collaborative and complementary relationships with anyone and everyone involved in this kind of work.