What business entrepreneurs are to the economy, social entrepreneurs are to social change. They are the driven, creative individuals who question the status quo, exploit new opportunities, refuse to give up, and remake the world for the better.
Long-term sustainable change happens if people discover their own power.
The key is moving the center of gravity in the decision-making closer to people in
the community, in the field—and away from a centrally directed, top-down approach.
Harnessing and protecting our incredible natural resources
is the opportunity of our lifetime.
No one has a right to sit down and feel hopeless. There is too much work to do.
It is one of the most beautiful compensations of this life that no man can sincerely
try to help another without helping himself.
—Ralph Waldo Emers
As long as I can conceive something better than myself I cannot be easy
unless I am striving to bring it into existence or clearing the way for it.
—George Bernard Shaw
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.
Poverty is unnecessary.
For it is in giving that we receive.
—Francis of Assisi
A very great vision is needed and the leader who has it must follow it
as the eagle seeks the deepest blue of the sky.
The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.
— Walt Disney
Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, “What are you doing for others?”
—Martin Luther King, Jr.
We are such spendthrifts with our lives, the trick of living is to slip on and off the planet with the least fuss you can muster. I’m not running for sainthood.
I just happen to think that in life we need to be a little like the farmer,
who puts back into the soil what he takes out.
We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children.
—Native American Proverb
It is horrifying that we have to fight our own government to save the environment.
We could have saved the Earth but we were too damned cheap.
—Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
I think the environment should be put in the category of our national security. Defense of our resources is just as important as defense abroad.
Otherwise what is there to defend?
Sustainability is a condition of existence which enables the present generation of humans and other species to enjoy social wellbeing, a vibrant economy, and a healthy environment, and to experience fulfillment, beauty and joy,
without compromising the ability of future generations of humans
and other species to enjoy the same.
There is a sufficiency in the world for man’s need but not for man’s greed.
—Mohandas K. Gandhi
If companies believe they are in business to serve people, to help solve problems, to use and employ the ingenuity of their workers to improve the lives of people around them by learning from the nature that gives us life, we have a chance.
One of the true tests of leadership is the ability to recognize a problem
before it becomes an emergency.
—Arnold H. Glasow
In every deliberation, we must consider the impact on the seventh generation...
even if it requires having skin as thick as the bark of a pine.
—Great Law of the Iroquois