11 Sep 2013

More quotes to inspire

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Here is another collection of quotes - to see more click on tag below:

"The more you provide services for things that people can do for themselves, the more you diminish social capital” Cormac Russell

“When change  is  done to people they  experience  it  as  violence;when done by them they experience it as liberation”  Beth Moss Kanter

"The idea that somebody is taking younger people seriously, as an asset, is so absolutely rare — I don’t know of anywhere else with this kind of approach." John McKnight

“You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.”
Richard Buckminster Fuller

"From the dawn of conscious thought ancient humans analyzed their environment in search for the “wrong” factors that might prove dangerous: a sharp sudden cliff, a structurally un-sound cave, a bog stiff with lurking log-like snouts of crocodiles.  Our very survival has for centuries, and does still, depend on our ability to scout out what is wrong with a situation or an environment. Looking for assets thus goes against a natural grain in our thinking.  This, I believe, is its wonderful offering to us.  Looking at a community through asset mapping allows us to think in a different frequency and to see things that we would have otherwise ignored or written off. We must learn to listen, to ask the right questions, and to look forward our neighborhoods walks, to unexpected conversations, and even community changes as chances to see what jumps out at us.  Maybe that lion is also a source of food!" Mark Hannan, “Restoring Urban Communities”
"If you give me a fish you have fed me for a day. If you teach me to fish then you have fed me until the river is contaminated or the shoreline seized for development. But if you teach me to organize then whatever the challenge I can join together with my peers and we will fashion our own solution." Ricardo Levins Morales

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