The most important political office is that of private citizen.
A community is like a ship; everyone ought to be prepared to take the helm.
A community is the mental and spiritual condition of knowing that the place is shared, and that the people who share the place define and limit the possibilities of each other’s lives. It is the knowledge that people have of each other, their concern for each other, their trust in each other, the freedom with which they come and go among themselves.
To listen respectfully to others, to cultivate and speak your own voice, to suspend your opinions about others—these bring out the intelligence that lives at the very center of ourselves–the intelligence that exists when we are alert to possibilities around us and thinking freshly.
Conversation is a meeting of minds with different memories and habits. When minds meet, they don’t just exchange facts: they transform them, reshape them, draw different implications from them, engage in new trains of thought. Conversation doesn’t just reshuffle the cards: it creates new cards.
Creating a positive future begins in human conversation. The simplest and most powerful investment any member of a community or an organization may make in renewal is to begin talking with other people as though the answers mattered.
Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.
You guys have a community that thrives and vibrates and it crackles a little bit. When you walk down the street, it’s different. It’s something to be treasured and I hope you are. What determines if a community is a vibrant community is a lot of small groups that are actively involved in their community and requires city leadership that gives them the power to do that…they have to have an impact. …we don’t have anything like this. A group of people coming together to make their city better. Wow, that’s huge.