can never get a re-creation of community and
heal our society without giving our citizens
a sense of belonging."
crucial to understand that as a society, we can
reorganize. We can reorganize socially, politically,
and economically, and we can reorganize according
to our values.
-- Rebecca Adamson
a society where all are related, simple decisions
require the approval of nearly everyone in that
society. It is society as a whole, not merely
a part of it, that must survive. This is the indigenous
understanding. It is the understanding in a global
sense. We are all indigenous people on this planet,
and we have to reorganize to get along. -- Rebecca
*We have learned to say that the good
must be extended to all of society before it can
be held secure by any one person or any one class.
But we have not yet learned to add to that statement,
that unless all [people] and all classes contribute
to a good, we cannot even be sure that it is worth
-- Jane Addams
the ability to achieve, if we master the necessary
goodwill, a common global society blessed with
a shared culture of peace that is nourished by
the ethnic, national and local diversities that
enrich our lives.--
In this society the young people from the cities
and from the countryside, professionals or not,
often unemployed, have all means to join and reinforce
our efforts to raise the brave torch of Human
Rights that illuminates the way in which the future
of us all is decided.
-- Martin Almada
believe there should be a part of society that
conscientiously works as a ‘critical partner’
of the government.”
-- Dewi Rana Amir
*In an age where community involvement
and partnerships with civil society are increasingly
being recognized as indispensable, there is
clearly a growing potential for cooperative
development and renewal worldwide.
-- Kofi Annan
one is born a good citizen; no nation is born
a democracy. Rather, both are processes that
continue to evolve over a lifetime. Young people
must be included from birth. A society that
cuts off from its youth severs its lifeline."
-- Kofi Annan
happiness of any society begins with the well
being of the families that live in it. -– Kofi
right to development is the measure of the respect
of all other human rights.That should be our aim:
a situation in which all individuals are enabled
to maximize their potential, and to contribute
to the evolution of society as a whole.
-- Kofi Annan
is a bridge from misery to hope. It is a tool
for daily life in modern society. It is a bulwark
against poverty, and a building block of development,
an essential complement to investments in roads,
dams, clinics and factories. Literacy is a platform
for democratization, and a vehicle for the promotion
of cultural and national identity. Especially
for girls and women, it is an agent of family
health and nutrition. For everyone, everywhere,
literacy is, along with education in general,
a basic human right.... Literacy is, finally,
the road to human progress and the means through
which every man, woman and child can realize his
or her full potential."
~ Kofi Annan
saddest aspect of life right now is that science
gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.
-- Isaac Asimov
order for us as poor and oppressed people to become
part of a society that is meaningful, the system
under which we now exist has to be radically changed...
It means facing a system that does not lend its
self to your needs and devising means by which
you change that system."
-- Ella Baker
do not constitute anyone's property:
they are neither the property of their parents nor even
They belong only to their own future freedom."
-- Mikhail Bakunin
"Art in its highest form is art that serves and
instructs society and human development."
-- Harry Belafonte
Under your shoulders. Dear young people of the
entire world, weigh the responsibility to transform
tomorrow's world into a society where peace, harmony
and fraternity reign.
-- Bishop Carlos
a society is organized around that which is fitting
in each realm, then peace, the fruit of justice,
How are we going to make our livings in a society
becoming increasingly jobless because of hi-tech
and outsourcing? Where will we get the imagination
to recognize that for most of human history the
concept of Jobs didn’t even exist? Work, as distinguished
from Labor, was done to produce needed goods and
services, develop skills and artistry, and nurture
-- Grace Lee Boggs
The ultimate test of a moral society
is the kind of world that it leaves to its children.”
The consumption society has made us feel that
happiness lies in having things, and has failed
to teach us the happiness of not having things.
comes first today in our crowded world...
No man can enjoy the privileges of education and thereafter
with a clear conscience break his contract with society.
To respect that contract is to be mature, to strengthen
it is to be a good citizen,
to do more than your share under it is noble."
-- Isaiah Bowman
Many people think that hunger is unavoidable in
any society, even a society that is blessed with
great abundance. That is not true. The European
community does not have widespread hunger. America,
which leads the world in so many ways, can end
childhood hunger within its borders.
-- Pierce Brosnan
society must make it right and possible for old
people not to fear the young or be deserted by
them, for the test of a civilization is the way
that it cares for its helpless members.
-- Pearl S. Buck
is no level playing field. Any time our society
says that a powerful chemical company has the
same right as a low income family that's living
next door, that playing field is not level, is
-- Robert Bullard
United Nations exists not merely to preserve the
peace but also to make change - even radical change
- possible without violent upheaval. The United
Nations has no vested interest in the status quo.
It seeks a more secure world, a better world,
a world of progress for all peoples. In the dynamic
world society which is the objective of the United
Nations, all peoples must have equality and equal
Ralph J. Bunche
United States of America will be a more sustainable
society when we eliminate wasteful defense spending
and instead invest in the foundations of a strong
economy and a prosperous and productive future,
by enhancing areas such as education, healthcare
and green infrastructure. The role of Business Leaders
for Sensible Priorities is to leverage the credibility
of business leaders on fiscal issues to draw the
attention of policy decision makers, the media and
the public to how the federal budget is currently
allocated and help to create a climate where changed
budget priorities can become a reality.
-- Mission Statement of Business Leaders for Sensible
*Democracy is not just a question of
having a vote. It consists of strengthening each
citizen’s possibility and capacity to participate
in the deliberations involved in life in society.
-- Fernando Cardoso
know, if people are not pacifists, it's not their
fault. It's because society puts them in that spot.
You've got to change it. You don't just change a
man - you've got to change his environment as you
-- Cesar Chavez
is called 'capitalism'is basically a system
of corporate mercantilism, with huge and largely
unaccountable private tyrannies exercising vast
control over the economy, political systems,
and social and cultural life, operating in close
cooperation with powerful states that intervene
massively in the domestic economy and international
society. -- Noam
real world of American society is one which
it is very misleading to call simply a democracy.
Of course, it is in a sense a democracy, but
it is one in which there are enormous inequities
in the distribution of power and force. For
example, the entire commercial and industrial
system is in principle excluded from the democratic
process, including everything that goes on within
it -- Noam Chomsky
important to recognize that expanding the circle of
and increasing the democratic potential of our own society,
as well as those across the world, is a continuing process
-- Hillary Rodham Clinton
the perfect order prevails, the world is like a
home shared by all. Leaders are capable and virtuous.
Everyone loves and respects their own parents and
children as well as the parents and children of
others. The old are cared for, adults have jobs,
children are nourished and educated. There is a
means of support for all those who are disabled
or find themselves alone in the world. Everyone
has an appropriate role to play in the family and
society. Devotion to public duty leaves no place
for idleness. Scheming for ill gain is unknown.
Sharing displaces selfishness and materialism. -- Confucius
I believe that individuals can make a difference
in society. Since periods of change such as the
present one come so rarely in human history, it
is up to each of us to make the best use of our
time to help create a happier world. -- The
"We have to talk about liberating minds as
well as liberating society."
my friends, I am opposed to the system of society
in which we live today, not because I lack the
natural equipment to do for myself but because
I am not satisfied to make myself comfortable
knowing that there are thousands of my fellow
men who suffer for the barest necessities of life.
We were taught under the old ethic that man's
business on this earth was to look out for himself.
That was the ethic of the jungle; the ethic of
the wild beast. Take care of yourself, no matter
what may become of your fellow man. Thousands
of years ago the question was asked; ''Am I my
brother's keeper?'' That question has never yet
been answered in a way that is satisfactory to
civilized society. Yes, I am my brother's keeper.
I am under a moral obligation to him that is inspired,
not by any maudlin sentimentality but by the higher
duty I owe myself. What would you think me if
I were capable of seating myself at a table and
gorging myself with food and saw about me the
children of my fellow beings starving to death.
-- Eugene V. Debs,
aim of education is to enable individuals to continue
their education ... (and) the object and reward
of learning is continued capacity for growth. Now
this idea cannot be applied to all the members of
a society except where intercourse of man with man
is mutual, and except where there is adequate provision
for the reconstruction of social habits and institutions
by means of wide stimulation arising from equitably
distributed interests. And this means a democratic
-- John Dewey
privacy and dignity of our citizens [are] being
whittled away by sometimes imperceptible steps.
Taken individually, each step may be of little
consequence. But when viewed as a whole, there
begins to emerge a society quite unlike any we
have seen -- a society in which government may
intrude into the secret regions of a life.
William O. Douglas
justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where
ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made
to feel that society is an organized conspiracy
to oppress, rob and degrade them, neither persons
nor property will be safe.
-- Frederick Douglass
we need is an entrepreneurial society in which
innovation and entrepreneurship are normal, steady
Peter F. Drucker
individual is the central, rarest, most precious
capital resource of our society.
-- Peter F. Drucker
The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational
mind is a faithful servant. We have created a
society that honors the servant and has forgotten
-- Albert Einstein
* "...gender relationships, which
are tough for people to deal with, are key to
whether a society orients to domination or partnership
in all its relations."
-- Riane Eisler
We must apply our humble efforts to the construction
of a more just and humane world. And I want to
declare emphatically: Such a world is possible.
To create this new society, we must present outstretched
and friendly hands, without hatred and rancor,
even as we show great determination and never
waver in the defense of truth and justice. Because
we know that we cannot sow seeds with clenched
fists. To sow we must open our hands.
-- Adolfo Perez
society's values are being corrupted by advertising's
insistence on the equation:
youth equals popularity, popularity equals success,
success equals happiness."
-- John Arbuthnot Fisher
"We need a new political movement of women and
men toward a new society."
-- Betty Friedan
"The ultimate object of education should be, Gandhi
said, to help create not only a balanced and harmonious
individual but also a balanced and harmonious
society where true justice prevails, where there
is no unnatural division between the "haves" and
the "have-nots," and where everybody is assured
of a living wage and the right to live and the
right to freedom."
-- Arun Gandhi
will take a massive effort to move society from
corporate domination, in which industry's rights
to pollute and damage health and the environment
supersede the public's right to live, work, and
play in safety. This is a political fight. The
science is already there, showing that people's
health is at risk. To win, we will need to keep
building the movement, networking with one another,
planning, strategizing, and moving forward. Our
children's futures, and those of their unborn
children, are at stake." ~ Lois
first duty of a human being is to assume the right functional
relationship to society
-- more briefly, to find your real job, and do it.
-- Charlotte Perkins Gilman
Promoting active liberty does not mean allowing
the majority to run roughshod over minorities. It
calls for taking special care that all groups have
a chance to fully participate in society and the
-- Ruth Bader Ginsburg
society is only as healthy as our most vulnerable
citizens. It is unconscionable that the weakest
links in our country are our hungry children.
No other Western industrialized nation has widespread
hunger within its borders. We really must put
an end to hunger in the United States if we are
to keep our prosperity and protect the future.
-- Linda Gray
is a scourge that must be overcome, and this can
only be accomplished through concerted international
efforts involving effective partnerships between
developed and developing countries and between government,
the private sector and civil society.
-- Dr. HAN Seung-soo, Former President of the UN
"If we are peaceful, if we are happy, we can smile
and blossom like a flower, and everyone in our
family, our entire society, will benefit from
-- Thich Nhat Hanh
is not to escape from society, but to come back
to ourselves and see what is going on. Once there
is seeing, there must be acting. With mindfulness,
we know what to do and what not to do to help.
-- Thich Nhat Hanh
long as private corporations remain the dominant
production institution of society, no matter who
is in power, the long-run trend in society will
be to promote the corporate interest.
affluent society contains those of talent and
insight who are driven to prefer poverty, to choose
it, rather than submit to the desolation of an
who does not draw strength from himself and who
is incapable of finding the meaning of his life
within himself will...seek the map to his own orientation
somewhere outside himself--in some ideology, organization,
or society, and then, however active he may appear
to be, he is merely waiting, depending. He waits
to see what others will do, or what roles they will
assign to him, and he depends on them--and if they
don't do anything or if they botch things, he succumbs
to disillusion, despair, and ultimately, resignation.
-- Vaclav Havel
If there is to be an ecologically sound society,
it will have to come from the grass roots up,
not from the top down.
~ Paul Hawken
"To me, love, spirituality and life are all the
same thing. To me they're all about honoring the
circle, and they're just different ways of defining
the same understanding. Our society as a whole,
because we have placed our love for money above
our love for life, has devalued the sacred and
-- Julia Butterfly
are at the very point in time when a 400-year
old age is dying and another is struggling to
be born - a shifting of culture, science, society,
and institutions enormously greater than the
world has ever experienced. Ahead, the possibility
of the regeneration of individuality, liberty,
community and ethics such as the world has never
know, and a harmony with nature, with one another,
and with the divine intelligence such as the
world has never dreamed.
-- Dee Ward Hock, founder of Visa
has always been a longing in the human heart for
a more just, free, loving and creative society.
But it was never before possible to fulfill these
aspirations, because we had neither the evolutionary
drivers and global crises to force us to change,
nor did we have the scientific and technological
powers that can free us from the limitations of
scarcity, poverty, disease, and ignorance. This
is the time of awakening for the social potential
movement. -- Barbara
social potential movement is on the threshold
of a mass awakening, seeking to carry into society
what individuals have learned spiritually and
personally. -- Barbara
again a new world view is arising ... This idea
is the culmination of all human history. It holds
the promise of fulfilling the great aspirations
of the past and heralds the advent of the next phase
of our evolution. It is the idea of conscious evolution."
-- Barbara Marx
basis of peace and stability, in any society,
has to be the fullest respect for the human rights
of all its people.
-- John Hume
nation, as a society, forms a moral person, and
every member of it is personally responsible for
-- Thomas Jefferson
know of no safe repository of the ultimate power
of society but people. And if we think them not
enlightened enough, the remedy is not to take
the power from them, but to inform them by education.
-- Thomas Jefferson
*How do we create a harmonious society
out of so many kinds of people? The key is tolerance
-- the one value that is indispensable in creating
A truly free society must not include a "peace"
which oppresses us. We must learn on our own terms
what peace and freedom mean together. There can
be no peace if there is social injustice and suppression
of human rights, because external and internal
peace are inseparable. Peace is not just the absence
of mass destruction, but a positive internal and
external condition in which people are free so
that they can grow to their full potential.
-- Petra Kelly
*The enlargement of liberty for individual
human beings must be the supreme goal and abiding
practice of any western society.
a society, we’ve learned that we’re all better off
when everyone is included in the opportunities of this
-- Ted Kennedy
We must recognize that we can't solve our problems
now until there is a radical redistribution of
economic and political power... a radical restructuring
of the architecture of American society. --
have moved into an era where we are called upon
to raise certain basic questions about the whole
society. We are still called upon to give aid
to the beggar who finds himself in misery and
agony on life's highway. But one day, we must
ask the question of whether an edifice which produces
beggars must not be restructured and refurbished.
Our ultimate objective in learning about anything
is to try to create and develop a more just society.
Citizens across the United States are now uniting
in a great cause to establish a Department of
Peace, seeking nothing less than the transformation
of our society, to make non-violence an organizing
principle, to make war archaic through creating
a paradigm shift in our culture for human development,
for economic and political justice and for violence
-- Dennis Kucinich
is a community theory of society which is founded
on economic, spiritual, and biological facts.
It maintains that respect for a healthy development
of human society and of world civilization requires
that mankind be organized internationally. Nationalities
should form the constitutive links in a great
world alliance, and must be guaranteed an independent
life in the realm of the spiritual and for locally
delimited tasks, while economic and political
objectives must be guided internationally in a
spirit of peaceful cooperation for the promotion
of mankind's common interests. -- Christian
continues to suffuse our culture...Today few imagine
that society can be fundamentally improved, and
those who do are seen as at best deluded, at worst
-- Lewis Lapham
"No society has fulfilled its democratic promise
if people go hungry... If some go without food
they have surely been deprived of all power. The
existence of hunger belies the existence of democracy."
Frances Moore Lappé
conscious choices about what we eat, based on
what the earth can sustain and what our bodies
need, can help remind us that our whole society
must begin to balance sustainable production with
-- Frances Moore
you want a strong society, it has to be inclusive.
If you have to push a boulder up a hill, do you want
10 people or 100?
If you weed out colour or gender, you get 10."
-- Cyndi Lauper
needs to be a shift in consciousness; there needs
to be an absolute wake-up call before society can
actually make the kind of incredibly significant
changes that need to happen. --
"This focus on money and power may do wonders
in the marketplace, but it creates a tremendous
crisis in our society. People who have spent all
day learning how to sell themselves and to manipulate
others are in no position to form lasting friendships
or intimate relationships... Many Americans hunger
for a different kind of society -- one based on
principles of caring, ethical and spiritual sensitivity,
and communal solidarity. Their need for meaning
is just as intense as their need for economic
-- Michael Lerner
one of the best ways to take care of our souls is
to build a society that supports rather than undermines
our highest moral and spiritual intuitions and inclinations.
Yet, building that society can never be divided
from the daily practices through which we live out
our ethical and spiritual lives, both in the way
we treat others around us, and in the way we nourish
the God within us."
-- Rabbi Michael
Justice and truth are the common ties of society
-- John Locke
of us is a being in himself and a being in society,
each of us needs to understand himself and understand
take care of others and be taken care of himself.
-- Haniel Long
*"Safety and security don't just happen,
they are the result of collective consensus and
public investment. We owe our children, the most
vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free
of violence and fear."
-- Nelson Mandela
can never have an impact on society if you have
not changed yourself.
-- Nelson Mandela
value of our shared reward will and must be measured
by the joyful peace which will triumph, because
the common humanity that bonds both black and white
into one human race, will have said to each one
of us that we shall all live like the children of
paradise. Thus shall we live, because we will have
created a society which recognizes that all people
are born equal, with each entitled in equal measure
to life, liberty, prosperity, human rights and good
governance. Such a society should never allow again
that there should be prisoners of conscience nor
that any person's human rights should be violated.
-- Nelson Mandela
“In Iroquois society, leaders are encouraged to
remember seven generations in the past and consider
seven generations in the future when making decisions
that affect the people.”
-- Wilma Mankiller
have tremendous confidence in the capacity of the
poor to transform not only their own lives but also
to build a just, humane, and democratic society."
-- Ruth Manorama
*Every society, all government, and
every kind of civil compact therefore, is or ought
to be, calculated for the general good and safety
of the community.
-- George Mason
Ensuring the access of all citizens to government
information and to essential information for human
development is a must for every democratic society.
-- Koïchiro Matsuura,
universal renunciation of violence requires the
commitment of the whole of society. These
are not matters of government but matters of State;
not only matters for the authoirities, but for society
in its entirety, including civilian, military, and
religious bodies. The mobilization which is urgently
needed to effect the transition within two or three
years from a culture of war to a culture of peace
demands co-operation from everyone. In order to
change, the world needs everyone.
-- Federico Mayor
won't have a society if we destroy the environment"
~ Margaret Mead
society that feeds its children on tales of successful
violence can expect them not to believe that violence
in the end is rewarded."
-- Margaret Mead
can't talk about the environment, you can't talk
about political correctness, affirmative action
and all the other innumerable things that freedom
is about, unless you have a free society based
upon the integrity of the individual. If you have
a responsible society, these other issues will
not come up in a responsible society, and that
is what freedom is all about.
-- Russell Means
greatest step forward in human evolution was made
when society began to help the weak and the poor,
instead of oppressing and despising them.
– Maria Montessori
"I always try to see things with children's eyes.
Are they happy? Sad? What do they need? Everywhere
I went, I realized that children are society's
victims … We have a duty to speak to political
leaders, to influence people to give these children
a better future."
-- Nana Mouskouri
A society that has more justice is a society that
needs less charity.
-- Ralph Nader
"We live in such a corporate world where
everyone is passing the buck, it seems to me.
Therefore I like stories where the individual
takes responsibility for BEING the individual,
and not just for himself, but for his comrades,
his society and ultimately for his country.
Ultimately, we can all learn a lesson from that
and not be browbeaten by the corporate world
which is taking over."
-- Liam Neeson
"Society may be formed so as to exist without
crime, without poverty, with health greatly improved,
with little, if any misery, and with intelligence
and happiness increased a hundredfold; and no
obstacle whatsoever intervenes at this moment
except ignorance to prevent such a state of society
from becoming universal."
-- Robert Owen
of the advantages of being born in an affluent
society is that if one has any intelligence at
all, one will realize that having more and more
won't solve the problem, and happiness does not
lie in possessions, or even relationships: The
answer lies within ourselves. If we can't find
peace and happiness there, it's not going to come
from the outside.
-- Tenzin Palmo
Thinking about how the world might be and envisioning
a society characterized by justice are the essence
of conceptualizing the conditions that comprise
positive peace. If we are to educate for peace,
both teachers and students need to have some notion
of the transformed world we are educating for.
-- Betty Reardon
...if our humanity – our soul as a society – is
overtaken by the materiel and cosmetic, there
will be no hope of peace.
~ Robert Redford
of a society at peace with its conscience because
it respects and lives in harmony with all life
-- John Robbins
first man who, having fenced off a plot of land,
thought of saying, 'This is mine' and found people
simple enough to believe him was the real founder
of civil society. How many crimes, wars, murders,
how many miseries and horrors might the human
race had been spared by the one who, upon pulling
up the stakes or filling in the ditch, had shouted
to his fellow men: 'Beware of listening to this
imposter; you are lost if you forget the fruits
of the earth belong to all and that the earth
belongs to no one.
Jean Jacques Rousseau, 1755
must believe that you can help bring about a
better world. A good society is produced only
by good individuals, just as truly as a majority
in a presidential election is produced by the
votes of single electors." -- Bertrand
an individual is protesting society's refusal to acknowledge
his dignity as a human being,
his very act of protest confers dignity on him.”
-- Bayard Rustin
* There can be hope
only for a society which acts as one big family,
not as many separate ones.
-- Anwar Sadat
at situations as contingent, not as inevitable,
look at them as the result of a series of historical
choices made by men and women, as facts of society
made by human beings, and not as natural or god-given,
therefore unchangeable, permanent, irreversible.
policies absorb almost the entire attention of
government, and at the same time become ever more
impotent. The simplest things, which only fifty
years ago one could do without difficulty, cannot
get done any more. The richer a society, the more
impossible it become to do worthwhile things without
~ E. F. Schumacher
"We have to promote human solidarity, avoid indifference,
and play a part with society in the solution of
the problem of violence..." -- Shakira
we were to convince society to strive towards
creating a better world,
we would address all of the problems that endanger
-- Robert Alan Silverstein
has been evolving a global consciousness,
and with new technologies in social networking,
we now have the chance to form a true "global
Robert Alan Silverstein
our hectic, fast-paced, consumer-driven society,
it's common to feel overwhelmed, isolated and
alone. Many are re-discovering the healing and
empowering role that community can bring to our
lives. The sense of belonging we feel when we
make the time to take an active role in our communities
can give us a deeper sense of meaning and purpose.
-- Robert Alan Silverstein
have forgotten the basic SOCIAL CONTRACT of
rights and responsibilities that binds us together
as a society. Society expects citizens to follow
laws it has instated in order to protect individuals
and institutions. Without these laws there would
be chaos -- the strong would simply take anything
they wanted and the rest would have no recourse.
In return the social contract guarantees that
if people follow these rules or responsibilities
they will be guaranteed basic rights - life,
liberty and the pursuit of happiness. A guarantee
of life ensures they will have access to basic
human needs of water, food and shelter needed
to live and to support their family. Liberty
involves the ability to engage in activities
the individual wishes, as long as it does not
violate the law. The pursuit of happiness is
a guarantee that the laws are meant to be fair
and provide an equal playing field for all members
of society, so that through hard work and creative
enterprise, all law-abiding citizens are free
to strive to attain the wants and desires they
believe will bring them happiness.
Robert Alan Silverstein
greatest obstacle we'll ever know, is that society
has no goal.
Oh people join together now and show
That we can make this broken world whole.
Every act of kindness and compassion is hope
for a better world.
With every act of kindness and compassion, we
build a better world.
Help build a better world.
-- Robert Alan
is one of the most important principles for
a better world. In its truest sense, a democracy
is a community in which all members have an
equal say in the running of that community.
Unfortunately in reality, democratic societies
have fallen short of this ideal. Nevertheless,
because of its very nature, once a democracy
is established, its citizens can work together
to make their society more and more democratic,
if they choose to do so.
-- Robert Alan
I know what it feels like to be hurt,and I don't
want to cause that pain to any other person or
creature. But somehow, in society, we numb ourselves
in order to make money or to feel better about
ourselves, such as with cosmetics or food. We
say to ourselves, I'm going to use this animal.
I'm going to say it doesn't have much worth so
that I can allow myself to do these cruel things.
And that just isn't fair.
transformation of society requires personal and
spiritual change first or at least simultaneously
-- Sulak Sivaraksa
Social entrepreneurs come from all levels of society
and from communities in nearly every country of
the world. They all share the same underlying
drive and passion to see their ideas through.
Many of them have had a huge effect on the world,
yet most people have not even heard of them –
a trend we hope to change!
-- Jeffrey Skoll
Can we make a better world for our children? I
believe we can, if enough people are concerned
and get involved in changing what is wrong with
-- Dr. Benjamin
*This is no simple reform. It really
is a revolution. Sex and race because they are
easy and visible differences have been the primary
ways of organizing human beings into superior
and inferior groups and into the cheap labour
in which this system still depends. We are talking
about a society in which there will be no roles
other than those chosen or those earned. We are
really talking about humanism.
-- Gloria Steinem
definition of a free society is a society where
it is safe to be unpopular.
-- Adlai Stevenson
*A society is judged by the way it cares
for its most vulnerable citizens. As an American,
I am ashamed that we have turned out backs on
millions of our children. I want to do my part
to rectify this terrible situation.
think we're creating a situation that's incredibly
dangerous. There's a lot of chat at the moment
about the war on terror and whilst there are many
causes for acts of terrorism, what kind of society
are you creating if you allow civil society in
Africa to die and create millions upon millions
of orphans? Where are they going to go? What kind
of cults, what kind of militias, what's going
to happen? The accession of violence in those
countries, the possibility of that, to me is very
-- Emma Thompson
*"To finish building the free society
dreamed of by Washington, Franklin, and Jefferson,
we must draw upon the resources of the enlightened
imagination, which can be systematically developed
by the spiritual sciences of India and Tibet. We
have not yet tamed our own demons of racism, nationalism,
sexism, and materialism. We have not yet made peace
with a land we took by force and have only partly
paid for. We are a teeming conglomeration of people
from different tribes who have yet to embrace fully
the humanness in one another. And none of us can
be really free until all of us are."
-- Robert Thurman
secret message communicated to most young people
today by the society around them is that they
are not needed, that the society will run itself
quite nicely until they - at some distant point
in the future - will take over the reigns. Yet
the fact is that the society is not running itself
nicely... because the rest of us need all
the energy, brains, imagination and talent that
young people can bring to bear down on our difficulties.
For society to attempt to solve its desperate
problems without the full participation of even
very young people is imbecile."
-- Alvin Toffler
is not something people impose on themselves for
want of effort and community organisation. It
is constructed by divisive and discriminatory
laws, inflexible organisations, acquisitive ideologies
of wealth, a deeply rooted class system and policies
which serve privilege in the short term and destroy
society in the long term."
-- Peter Townshend
* "Everyone must find a capacity in
which they can serve, because we all benefit from
shouldn't get to live in society and give nothing
back. People complain about their taxes, yet they
do nothing for the community. That makes me furious.
women have presented an alternative proposal to
society and to humanity. It is about the construction
of a world where tolerance is a life style; Where
daily social and political divergences and its
resolutions would be seen as part of humanity;
Where equality would be possible in all its dimensions;
Where knowledge and access to education and other
social possessions would not be the privilege
of a few; A world where violence in all its forms
would be past history, where fear will not overwhelm
us and where we shall be able to enjoy the goodness
~ Rafaela vos
Society is based on that great bottom law of human
right, that nothing but crime can forfeit liberty.
That no condition of birth, no shade of color, no
mere misfortune of circumstances, can annul that
birthright charter, which God has bequeathed to
every being upon whom he has stamped his own image,
by making him a free moral agent, and that he who
robs his fellow man of this tramples upon right,
subverts justice, outrages humanity, unsettles the
foundation of human safety, and sacrilegiously assumes
the prerogative of God."
-- Theodore Weld
first task in teaching is to bring to consciousness
what the students already believe by virtue of their
personal experiences about themselves and society.
-- Paul Wellstone
we talk of freedom and opportunity for all nations,
the mocking paradoxes in our own society become
so clear they can no longer be ignored.
-- Wendell Wilkie
of the Peace People:
have a simple message for the world from this
movement for peace. We want to live and love and build a just and
We want for our children, as we want for ourselves,
lives at home, at work and at play to be lives
of joy and peace.
We recognize that to build such a life demands
of all of us dedication, hard work and courage.
We recognize that there are many problems in our
society which are a source of conflict and violence.
We recognize that every bullet fired and every
exploding bomb makes that work more difficult.
We reject the use of the bomb and the bullet and
all the techniques of violence.
We dedicate ourselves to working with our neighbors,
near and far, day in and day out, to building
that peaceful society in which the tragedies we
have known are a bad memory and a continuing warning.
have to speak out now on behalf of our community
and on behalf of the land and say they're the
same thing and say "No, we are not rolling over"
and "No, this is not a corporate enterprise."
This is democracy in the fullest sense and we
must have regard and reverence and those are the
cornerstones of a just society.
The Department of Peace would take a more human
approach to healing our society, looking not merely
for ways we can destroy an enemy, but for more
powerful ways to create new friends. While the
State Department engages in international diplomacy,
there is no domestic parallel. There is no department
seeking to harness the power of a nonviolent heart.