The way one learns has an impact on politics, on citizenship on democracy, on peace.

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Most sustainable improvements in community occur when citizens discover their own power to act…when citizens stop waiting for professionals or elected leadership to do something, and decide they can reclaim what they have delegated to others.

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The social concourse is essentially a matter of one citizen polishing another; polishing, that is, not only so that rough spots and edges may be removed, but also so that one may begin to reflect another in the common social project of public life.

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We’re living in a dispensation that is endlessly reinforcing the idea that we are not citizens but economic players. And under that dispensation it’s in nobody’s interest, especially those in power, to encourage or foster the idea that there’s any class difference.

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If you want to change the world … find the piece of your city that needs fixing, find the issue that you think is important — be it environment, be it social, be it cultural, what is it that you're passionate about — and start to participate in the city that you live in and use the tools given to you through your training to articulate alternate realities which could inspire others and maybe shape the future of your city in one small way.

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Illness is the night side of life, a more onerous citizenship. Everyone who is born holds dual citizenship, in the kingdom of the well and in the kingdom of the sick. Although we all prefer to use the good passport, sooner or later each of us is obliged, at least for a spell, to identify ourselves as citizens of that other place.

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Citizens, in their capacity to come together and choose to be accountable, are our best shot at making a difference.

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Critical reflection on the possibilities of political life is one of the highest duties of the citizen.

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Rights that do not flow from duty well performed are not worth having.

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It is time for us to rethink the idea of citizenship, to reconceive the structures of political commitment and membership against the background of our shape-shifting world.

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Service is the rent each of us pays for living – the very purpose of life.

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Participation — that’s what’s going to save the human race.

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As citizens, we all have an obligation to intervene and become involved – it’s the citizen who changes things.

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It is the ability of citizens to care that creates strong communities and able democracies.

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Citizenship if it means anything means making our demands for justice active. It is not something we can do alone.

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