Oscar Wilde

Disobedience, in the eyes of anyone who has read history, is man's original virtue.  It is through disobedience that progress has been made, through disobedience and through rebellion.


Malcolm S. Forbes

Few businessmen are capable of being in politics, they don't understand the democratic process, they have neither the tolerance or the depth it takes.  Democracy isn't a business.


John Kenneith Galbraith

All the great leaders have one characteristic in common: it was the willingness to confront unequivocally the major anxiety of their people in their time.  This and not much else is the essence of leadership.


William H. Judd

People often say that in a democracy, decisions are made by the majority of people.  Of course that is not true.  Decisions are made by a majority of those who make themselves heard and who vote -- a very different thing.


Thomas Jefferson

Information is the currency of democracy.


Author unknown

Civic buildings and public gathering places require important sites to reinforce community identity and the culture of democracy.


Adlai Stevenson

Public confidence in the integrity of the Government is indispensable to faith in democracy


A. A. Bestuzhev-Marlinsky

The official's heart must stand at attention before his mind.


Abraham Lincoln

Elections belong to the people. It is their decision. If they decide to turn their back on the fire and burn their behinds, then they will just have to sit on their blisters.


Eben Fodor

"Without a public review process, citizens often have little control over individual developments, even i fthey will be serverely impacted by them. Typically, a development proposal will be reviewed and approved by the city planning department ... but development codes cannot anticipate all the possibile conflict and impacts that future development might create.  For large projects, creating a public review process may be the solution." Better Not Bigger: How To Control Urban Growth and Improve Your Community - Eben Fodor


Chris Olsen

"The library is a place which grows and changes; it is the beating heart of any community." The quote comes from the book Beyond Words BC's Public Libraries are Changing Lives


Mohandas K. Ghandi

"To safeguard democracy the people must have a keen sense of independence, self-respect, and their oneness."


John Gardner

"The citizen can bring our political and governmental institutions back to life, make them responsive and accountable, and keep them honest. No one else can."


Jerome Nathanson

"The price of the democratic way of life is a growing appreciation of people's differences, not merely as tolerable, but as the essence of a rich and rewarding human experience."


Nina Utne

Business gurus are now touting feminine leadership styles, as they often result in lowering employee turnover and improving creativity and innovation while benefiting the financial bottom line.

Of course, one paradox is that some female leaders have simply mimicked “masculine” styles of leadership and so perpetuate the status quo.  At is best, feminine leadership, which is available to men and women alike, often includes placing a greater value on process.  It involves heightened recognition of the value of people’s relationships and contributions.  It assigns a high priority to relationships, learning, beauty, flexibility, celebration, collective intelligence, vulnerability, transparency, intuition, and humility.


Margaret Wheatley

A life-affirming leader is one who knows how to rely on and use the intelligence that exists everywhere in the community, the company, the school, or the organization.  A leader these days needs to be a host - one who convenes people, who convenes diversity, who convenes all viewpoints in the creative processes where our intelligence can come forthy.


Margaret Wheatley

A life-affirming leader is one who knows how to rely on and use the intelligence that exists everywhere in the community, the company, the school, or the organization.  A leader these days needs to be a host - one who convenes people, who convenes diversity, who convenes all viewpoints in the creative processes where our intelligence can come forthy.


Margaret Mead

A small group of thoughtful people could change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.