• "The best mechanism to confront the challenge of climate change are not market mechanisms, but conscious, motivated, and well organized human beings endowed with an identity of their own." Evo Morales Ayma, President of Bolivia, November 28, 2008
  • New Start editorial November 24 2008 If, as Benjamin Franklin declared, nothing in this world is certain but death and taxes, it’s a good idea to use the latter to stave off the former for as long as possible.
  • "...his (Obama's) only real hope in dealing with the tremendous challenges the country (world) faces will be to harness the collective ingenuity of citizens on a massive scale. In other words, he must enlist a level of participation in generating and acting on innovative solutions that has no obvious parallel in history." Anthony D. Williams, wikinomics, November 7 2008 / topic, topic
  • A Wiki for the Planet: Clay Shirky on Open Source Environmentalism,, August 20, 2008
  • No real rights in empowerment white paper, FoE, July 9 [2]
  • New Start editorial July 2 2008 Roll up, roll up, ladies and gentlemen, for the show of the century! The Great Illusionist is about to perform! With one wave of a white paper, the perspicacious prestidigitator will scatter the stardust of empowerment among the awed masses…
  • "We're going to look at every place that a reader or a listener or a viewer or a user has been locked out, has been served up passive or a fixed or a canned experience, and ask ourselves, "If we carve out a little bit of the cognitive surplus and deploy it here, could we make a good thing happen?" And I'm betting the answer is yes." Clay Shirky at a Web 2.0 conference, April 23, 2008. / Inspiring Quotes 2, topic
  • New Start editorial April 23 2008 In the film Goodbye Lenin!, a Communist Party stalwart wakes up after lying in a coma throughout the downfall of the former East Germany.
  • New Start editorial January 16 2008 Many years ago I visited Sri Lanka as the guest of a local church minister. While showing me a project to improve the living standards of poor labourers in the tea-planting region of Nuwara Eliya, he observed: ‘God is on the side of the poor. They wouldn’t survive at all otherwise.’

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  • Government announces review of councils' publicity rules, December 17 [3] According to CLG, Communities Secretary "Hazel Blears believes that information is fundamental to the health of local democracy, so that citizens are aware of how decisions are made at the local level, who is making them and, crucially, how they can influence those decisions."
  • Communities and Local Government publish local priorities website, June 30 [5] Top 20 priorities across England: in fifth place - 100 out of 150 local areas choosing this - Per capita reduction in CO2 emissions in the LA area; in 12th place - 85 out of 150 local areas choosing this - per cent of people who feel they can influence decisions in their locality. topic
  • Just 38 per cent of respondents to the Citizenship Survey (April 2007 - March 2008) felt able to influence decisions in their local area whilst only 39 per cent of people were involved in some kind of civic participation such as attending a public meeting, signing a local petition or contacting a local councillor. The findings tally closely with data from this year's local elections which showed average voter turnout at around 40 per cent or less. [6]
  • Cabinet Office Minister Tom Watson announces a new Task Force to take forward proposals in the Power of Information report, March 31 [7]
  • "Local Strategic Partnerships or Local Service Boards are not sufficiently local or connected to the community to allow effective community involvement." Community empowerment in practice: lessons from Communities First by Dave Adamson and Richard Bromiley of the University of Glamorgan is published by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. March 11 [8]
  • White Paper launch document 'Unlocking the Talent of our Communities' published, March 5 [9]
  • Community contracts to be piloted in twelve areas across the country, January 22 [11]

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  1. BBC News, October 28
  2. Friends of the Earth, July 9
  3. Communities and Local Government, December 17
  4. Communities and Local Government, July 9
  5. Communities and Local Government, June 30. Local priorities website (government website)
  6. Communities and Local Government June 26
  7., March 31
  8. Joseph Rowntree Foundation, March 11
  9. Communities and Local Government, March 5
  10. Friends of the Earth, January 25
  11. Communities and Local Government, January 22

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