"By directly participating we deepen our understanding of citizenship. It's not easy living in a community, but it's more meaningful than a lot of other things."
"The question of what's the cause of social ills in terms of drug addiction, suicide, mental illness - much of it comes back to the loss of community."
"We are social beings. We come out of a tribal village heritage. That's part of who we are and that's what grows us. It has also oppressed us. I think we've gone to the other extreme - individualism. That deprives us of the support and meaning that comes from being in a community."
"About 20% of households are only one person; the nuclear family has shrunk and become increasingly unstable, broken up. We haven't got the social and intimate support in our personal environments we used to have and that we need. And all the substitutes that we've drawn on - the materialism - are not a substitute for that."
"Why do people have to be dragged to the polls? It's not because they are dumb. They know they don't have much of a say. They have a vote every three years and that's all. If we're really going to get past apathy and reactivate, you've got to give people real power and the only way to give people real power is to have real say over real issues."