The practice of community innovation requires us to learn how to think differently – together.

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The promise of community innovation is the belief that we do not need to remain a powerless recipient of the whims of change, but rather that, together, we are capable of shaping and guiding the changes unfolding around us in ways that help to orchestrate a better future for all.

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If we are to achieve a richer culture, we must weave one in which each diverse human gift will find a fitting place.

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Communities that work are places where people from different walks of life come together to discuss ideas that matter to them.

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Community is not so much chosen for us as by us.

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I think you’ll see that, for me, inclusion means having a voice in one’s life. Nonspeaking autistic people rarely—if ever—do. Instead, they’re usually stored away like unwanted furniture.

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The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members.

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Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.

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A healthy social life is found only, when in the mirror of each soul the whole community finds its reflection, and when in the whole community the virtue of each one is living.

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Everything depends on everything else.

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Decades of research have consistently shown that brainstorming groups think of far fewer ideas than the same number of people who work alone and later pool their ideas. — Keith Sawyer

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What can young people do with their lives today? Many things obviously. But the most daring thing is to create stable communities in which the terrible disease of loneliness can be cured.

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What do we live for, if it is not to make life less difficult for each other?”

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Co-operatives are a reminder to the international community that it’s possible to pursue both economic viability and social responsibility.

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Those communities which included the greatest number of the most sympathetic members would flourish best, and rear the greatest number of offspring.

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We benefit from breaking bread with the widest possible variety of folks.

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Democracy, in its essence and genius, is imaginative love for and identification with a community with which, much of the time and in many ways, one may be in profound disagreement.

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You can work very differently with people when you have the attitude that nobody is expendable.

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It is the long history of humankind (and animal kind, too) those who learned to collaborate and improvise most effectively have prevailed.

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The good life in the 21st century will have to be grown in the local neighborhood.”

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I’ve got a gift, a musical gift, fine. But I want to be a human being, a good human being. I need to always express that to young students. Everybody can have a gift. That’s a gift. But then we have to be good human beings. So that’s what it’s all about.

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The future of very community lies in capturing the passion, intelligence, imagination and resources of its people.

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Gifts are anything that one is or has or does that creates an opportunity for a meaningful interaction with at least one other person. Gifts are the fundamental characteristics of our human life and community.

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No one is self-sufficient. And it's not a one-way thing -- the generosity of spirit from one side provokes a response in kind from the other side.

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When we are in partnership and have stopped clutching each other's throats; when we've stopped enslaving each other, we will stand together, hands clasped, and be friends.

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I would say, for the moment, that community, at least community larger than the immediate family, consists very largely of imaginative love for people we do not know or whom we know very slightly.

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I am advocating for the importance of deepening the relationships that we have with our communities and our community with us. When we love something, we cherish it; we protect it; we do extraordinary things for it. When we are loved, we flourish as people and are enabled to achieve great things. The mutual love affair between people and their place is one of the most powerful influences in our lives, yet we rarely think of it in terms of a relationship. I believe that needs to change.

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We are bound together in a single garment of destiny. The means we use must be as pure as the ends we seek.

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There are no solitary, free living creatures: every form of life is dependent on other forms."

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Place is crucial…you don’t start in an abstract sense. You start where you are.

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Community is a sign that love is possible in a materialistic world.

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The time is almost past for going it alone. The nature and scale of the challenges now dictate that we work together. If you want to go fast, as the old proverb puts it, go alone—but if you want to go far, go in company.

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Racial homogeneity is no guarantor of peace, any more than racial heterogeneity is fated to fail.

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Wherever and whenever people shall gather there shall be time place and means of their education.

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A proper community … is a commonwealth: a place, a resource, an economy. It answers the needs, practical as well as social and spiritual, of its members – among them the need to need one another. The answer to the present alignment of political power with wealth is the restoration of the identity of community and economy.

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All the pathways to awe – be it standing and looking at an amazing tree, or watching the ocean, or being at a rock concert or rally – tend to produce those pro-social effects of making us good citizens of our communities

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When we begin talking about caring for people, then we begin to see how difficult it can be. In community we are called to care for each member of the community. We can choose our friends but we do not choose our brothers and sisters; they are given to us whether in family or in community.

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When individuals and communities do not govern themselves, they risk being ruled by external forces that care less about the wellbeing of the village.

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