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Fave quotes about solutions

Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.
– Albert Einstein

For a relationship to stay alive, love alone is not enough. Without imagination, love stales into sentiment, duty, and boredom. Intimacy fails not because we have stopped loving but because we first stopped imagining.
– James Hillman

If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses.
– Henry Ford.

Why is it that here in the United States we have such difficulty even imagining a different sort of society from the one whose dysfunctions and inequalities trouble us so? We appear to have lost the capacity to question the present, much less offer alternatives to it. Why is it so beyond us to conceive of a different set of arrangements to our common advantage?
– Tony Judt, What is living and what is dead

Gardening is an active participation in the deepest mysteries of the universe.
Thomas Berry

The Universe story is the quintessence of reality. We perceive the story. We put it in our language, the birds put it in theirs, and the trees put it in theirs. We can read the story of the Universe in the trees. Everything tells the story of the Universe. The winds tell the story, literally, not just imaginatively. The story has its imprint everywhere, and that is why it is so important to know the story. If you do not know the story, in a sense you do not know yourself; you do not know anything.
Thomas Berry

White privilege is your history being part of the core curriculum and mine being taught as an elective.
– Jose Del Bario ?

To listen well, is as powerful a means of influence as to talk well, and is as essential to all true conversation.
– Chinese Proverb

Do unto others as they would like to have you do unto them.
Platinum Rule

We know that tourism creates serious problems — environmentally, culturally, politically — so we immediately jump to conclusions: ‘this is bad so let’s make it right.’ And because all the ‘sustainable tourism’ initiatives come from the more powerful to the less — as usual — we enforce our solutions. Often with the assistance of the World Bank, the European Union, USAID and the rest of the powerful donors – who also come from the ‘patch it up so our show can go on’ mindset. But do we really understand the problem? Are we really prepared to listen to those on the ground? How deeply are we prepared to understand our hosts REAL needs and accommodate them — their way? This may be the only way that new tourism can emerge, and we certainly need it!
– Valere Tjolle

The question of where the money goes is, of course, one of the hardest to pin down with hard, reliable figures because vested interests are either trying to prove it does indeed ‘trickle down’ and benefit everyone in the local community, or that it most certainly doesn’t. But from just talking to many low-level tourism workers around the world – the chambermaids, the taxi drivers, the waiters etc – I must report that the latter seemed to be much nearer the truth. Improving the quality of the data available will clearly help to better answers all of the questions you raise about tourists having the knowledge to book the ‘right’ holiday, or for communities to make the best decisions about how the manage and nurture their destinations.
– Leo Hickman

How about we do something more powerful, more meaningful? What if we helped cities express themselves and share their voices? My first thought was to ask the people of Pittsburgh what they want to share with the world. That’s one way to think about it. My next thought was to give them the tools, show them how, and get the most authentic voice.
– Chris Brogan, How Bloggers Can Work With Tourism Boards

Many an object is not seen, though it falls within the range of our visual ray, because it does not come within the range of our intellectual ray — we are not looking for it. So, in the largest sense, we find only the world we look for.
– Henry D. Thoreau

The question is not what you look at, but what you see.
– Henry D. Thoreau

We don’t have anything planned, so nothing can go wrong.
Spike Milligan

All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well.
– Julian of Norwich

When I feel impossible, show me what is possible.
– Michael Franti, Love Invincible

The seed cannot sprout upwards without simultaneously sending roots into the ground.
– Egyptian proverb

When you get lost, you find your bearings that helps keep your perspective fresh.
Tom Walter

No ecological problem will ever be solved until it becomes a political problem and it will never become a political problem until public opinion demands it.
– Paul Armond

Like all of us, you have desires for things that you don’t really need and aren’t good for you. But you shouldn’t disparage yourself for having them, nor should you conclude that every desire is tainted. Rather, think of your misguided longings as the bumbling, amateur expressions of a faculty that will one day be far more expert. They’re how you practice as you work toward the goal of becoming a master of desire. It may take a while, but eventually you will get the hang of wanting things that are really good for you, and good for everyone else, too.
Rob Brezsny

History is not the soil in which happiness grows. The periods of happiness in it are the blank pages of history.
Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

We are going to prove that climate change action and economic prosperity are not contradictions, but mutually dependent.
Sigmar Gabriel

What if it’s a big hoax and we create a better world for nothing?
Joel Pett cartoon

The mind values most what it learns first hand.
– Promotion, Otago Polytechnic

Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it’s faced.
– James Baldwin

Tags work very well. I knew I could not design an ontology that would work for all of you because you all have different views.
– Steve Coast, State Of The Map 2007

Everything that one thinks one understands has to be understood over and over again in its different aspects each time with the same new shock of discovery.
– Marian Milner, cited by Helen Garner

The kingdom of Bhutan, in the Himalayas, has had the genius to adopt Gross National Happiness as official policy. Anything that undermines the people’s health will be discouraged, as will anything that fruitlessly gobbles up their time. Their old people are valued. All major decisions are tested against their effect on the environment and on society. According to the United Nations, Bhutan is one of the world’s 10 least-developed countries, yet according to the Happy Planet Index, it is somewhere near the top.
– Alastair Sawday, The Slow Way to Go

La ética no es una condición ocasional, sino que debe acompañar siempre al periodismo como el zumbido al moscardón
– Gabriel García Márquez

Everyone’s talking about it but no one’s doing anything about it.
– Mark Twain (talking about the weather)

Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.
– Buddha

The simplest way of having a straight back is to have a strong activated core.
Tackling, Rugby Smart

When the objective is to make children composers, performers, and appreciators of music, it is not enough merely to place a piano in every classroom and provide each teacher with a one-day course on how the piano works.
– New Zealand Consultative Committee on Information Technology in the School Curriculum, 1990

Ask yourself: ‘Am I ready to stop equating cynicism with insight? Do I dare take the risk that exposing myself to uplifting entertainment might dull my intelligence?’
– Rob Brezsny, Secrets of Pronoia/The Sun (PDF)

And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.
– Abraham Lincoln

It takes a long time to grow young.
– Pablo Picasso

Old age is not so bad when you consider the alternatives.
– Maurice Chevalier

The older the fiddler, the sweeter the tune.
– English Proverb

Last week the candle factory burned down. Everyone just stood around and sang Happy Birthday.
– Stephen Wright

The artist is a receptacle for emotions that come from all over the place, from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing stranger, from a spider’s web.
– Pablo Picasso

I will go to my grave claiming that the less you spend, the more you enjoy, the more authentic the experience it is, the more profound.
– Arthur Frommer, inerviewed in A Sense of Place

When each of these three elements of vision — concern for excellence, for people and for the wider environment — are present, business is transformed from a tool for making profits into a creative, humane experiment for improving life.
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Manaki Whenua, Manaki Tangata, Haere whakamua’ (Care for the land, Care for people, Go forward)
– Maori proverb and the title of a 2007 photo exhibit

Capacity Building
I came away from the World Ecotourism Summit excited by the positive energy and the passion and commitment of countless people. However, I also came away with the realization that there is a tremendous ‘divide’ between the international agencies and the indigenous leadership. The buzzword in the research and at the conferences is that ‘local people’ need ‘capacity building.’ With all due sincere respect, I would like to suggest that there is also a need for ‘capacity building’ within the international agencies themselves.
– Consultant quoted in Reflections on the International Year of Ecotourism

Efforts undertaken in the mode of ‘Top Down/Command and Control’ may have immediate impact, even immediate positive impact (people stop shooting each other), but the longer term effect is not as promising. The reason is a simple. The mode of operation is the very antithesis of Peace. The system addressed (company, county, country, region) is usually not appreciated in its full, complex diversity. Chaos, confusion and conflict are eliminated if possible, rather than honored for the gifts they give, and then invited to integrate into the larger fabric. And most destructive, and therefore least effective, is the presumption that those who undertake the project actually know what they are doing, and therefore feel at liberty to impose their authority, their design, their control.
– Harrison Owen, Many Roads to Peace

When you say to yourself, ‘That’s the way I am am,’ you imply there is no possibility of change. Analysis is, in this sense, almost always pessimistic. Focusing, by contrast, is optimistic. It is based on the very positive expectation of change. It doesn’t envision a human being as a fixed structure whose shape can be analyzed once and for all. It envisions a person as a process, capable of continual change and forward movement. This ‘problem’ inside you are only those parts of the process that have been stopped and the aim of focusing is to unstop them and get the process moving again.
Eugene Gendlin, Focusing

Un area de conflictos es una area de oportunidades para cambiar. (An area of conflict is an opportunity for change).
– Hugo Antonio Santiago, Oaxaca

Go to the ugliest or most forlorn place you know–a drugstore parking lot, the front porch of a crack house, a toxic waste dump, or the place that symbolizes your secret shame–and build a shrine devoted to beauty, truth, and love.
– Rob Brezsny, Pronoia

There is no competition among lighthouses. (Entre faros no hay competitores.)
– Dichos

If you appeal to the individual part of the psyche for a collective purpose, you’re on dangerous ground.
– Michael Ventura, Letters at 3AM

Look at 2006 through a different lens and you’ll see another story, one that isn’t about conflict or great men. It’s a story about community and collaboration on a scale never seen before. It’s about the cosmic compendium of knowledge Wikipedia and the million-channel people’s network YouTube and the online metropolis MySpace. It’s about the many wresting power from the few and helping one another for nothing and how that will not only change the world, but also change the way the world changes.
Time Magazine

Our critics are our friends, they show us our faults.
Benjamin Franklin

Those who build walls are pretending.
– Michael Franti and Spearhead, Yell Fire

Give me a one-armed economist!
– Harry S. Truman

Don’t be a horse race, be marathon. Don’t fear the long road, coz on a long road, u got a long time to sing a simple song. And it’s never too late to start the day over. It’s never too late to pick up the phone.
– Michael Franti, Everyone deserves music

The trick is to keep it going.
– Popular expression

At this stage of the game you need to be consistent and keep up to your mates.
Virtual Rugby

The drops of rain make a hole in the stone, not by violence, but by oft falling.
– Lucretius

If you can hold on, hold on.
– Killers, All These Things That I’ve Done

Being strapped for funds — the norm for conservation in Olancho — should never be reason for inaction. Some of the most important and genuinely sustainable projects are extensive conversations which don’t cost anything.
– Mark Bonta, Seven Names for the Bellbird

You’ll never know what is enough unless you know what is more than enough. The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom. If the fool would persist in her folly she would become wise.
– William Blake

However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results.
– Winston Churchill

Experience is what you get after you need it.
– Popular saying

Run a little bit faster now and breath a little deeper.
– Poi Dog Pondering, Jack Ass Ginger

Being strapped for funds — the norm for conservation in Olancho — should never be reason for inaction. Some of the most important and genuinely sustainable projects are extensive conversations which don’t cost anything.
– Mark Bonta, Seven Names for the Bellbird

Let us be lavish with praise. Nothing belongs to us.
– Rainer Maria Rilke

Choose worthy targets and ransack your imagination to come up with smart, true and amusing praise about them.
– Rob Brezsny, Pronoia

God calls you to the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.
Frederick Buechner

The noblest art is that of making others happy.
– P.T. Barnum

Let the beauty you love be what you do

If I stop looking, where is joy to be found?
– Sarah Hickman

The quickest way to a heart attack is to nurse a grievance.
– Proverb

Hijacking the agenda
Development from outside organizations, governments, and businesses is necessary for the nation to move forward but it must be on our terms… Those against development or wishing to profit from it, use these arguments to hijack the development agenda and development money. Development will only work if leaders that are dedicated to Honduras, to her sustained improvement, and to a national dream, lead us.
Honduras This Week Editorial

Moving forward is often due less to a blinding stroke of genius than a sudden cessation of stupidity….. not having a new thought, but stopping having an old one.
Edwin Land, inventer of the Polaroid

Institutions will try to preserve the problem to which they are the solution.
– Clay Shirky, cited online The Technium

The nature of the cosmos is a single, unitive process — an unbroken flowing wholeness in which each part of the flow contains the entire flow.
– David Bohm

We are all players in this game.
– Ziggy Marley, Dragonfly

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
– John Muir

The seat of the soul is where the inner world and the outer world meet. Where they overlap, it is in every point of the overlap.
– Novalis, quoted in News of the Universe

For every step of lightness there is a corresponding step of darkness. Many people try to only take steps of lightness but end up getting one very sore leg because they spend their entire lives hopping around.
– Monk

Examine each question in terms of what is ethically and esthetically right, as well as what is economically expedient. A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability and beauty of the biotic community. It is wrong when it tends otherwise.
Aldo Leopold

Lo que es contrario a la naturaleza no es bello (Literal translation: What is against nature is not beautiful)
– Mexican saying

I’m a part of a circle of friends and we notice you don’t come around. I think it all depends on you touching ground with us.
– Eddie Brickel, The Circle

A lot of tourists have a consumer attitude — what can I get, instead of what can I learn. We have to put aside our own cultural biases and learn as much as possible from the people we visit. I find that if you stay long enough, learn the language, you get a sense of who locals are as people.
– Clay Hubbs, publisher of Transitions Abroad

Awareness by itself is not enough, it must be joined by mastery.
– Piero Ferrucci, what we may be

Nobody does it better.
– Carly Simon

Anyone else can do it better.
– Paul Orfalea, Copy This

Your eyes believe what they see. Your ears believe others.
– Paul Orfalea, Copy This

It’s easy to join associations, but I don’t see that I have an impact.
– Conversation with tour operator

More does not always mean better.
– Conversation

How did it come to be that the news is reported solely by journalists?
– Rob Brezsny, Pronoia

Journalists need experts as badly as experts need journalists. Every day there are newspaper pages and television newscasts to be filed, and an expert who can deliver a jarring piece of wisdom is always welcome. Working together, journalists and experts are the architects of conventional wisdom.
– Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner, Freakonomics

Llegas por donde quieras y como quieras. (Arrive from where you want and how you want)
– Guatemala tourism promotion

No matter how early you get up, you can’t make the sun rise any sooner. (No por mucho madrugar, amanece más temprano)
– Dichos

A real place conveys a sense of temporal depth, a sense that people have been living and laboring here for a long time.
– Scott Russell Sanders, foreward, Civic Tourism

There is no place that does not see you. You must change your life.
– Rainer Maria Rilke (Archaic Torso of Apollo)

Make sure people can see the process. They need something which says yes, you did influence the process.
– Alan Cox, US Now

First examine our attitude towards peace itself. Too many of us think it is impossible. Too many think it is unreal. But that is a dangerous, defeatist belief. It leads to the conclusion that war is inevitable, that mankind is doomed, that we are gripped by forces we cannot control. We need not accept that view. Our problems are manmade; therefore, they can be solved by man. And man can be as big as he wants. No problem of human destiny is beyond human beings. Man’s reason and spirit have often solved the seemingly unsolvable, and we believe they can do it again. I am not referring to the absolute, infinite concept of universal peace and good will of which some fantasies and fanatics dream. I do not deny the value of hopes and dreams but we merely invite discouragement and incredulity by making that our only and immediate goal. Let us focus instead on a more practical, more attainable peace, based not on a sudden revolution in human nature but on a gradual evolution in human institutions — on a series of concrete actions and effective agreements which are in the interest of all concerned. There is no single, simple key to this peace; no grand or magic formula to be adopted by one or two powers. Genuine peace must be the product of many nations, the sum of many acts. It must be dynamic, not static, changing to meet the challenge of each new generation. For peace is a process — a way of solving problems.
– John F. Kennedy, American University Address

One of the benefits of continuity is that the process of communication and organization is simplified. What works works, what does not work changes.
– Conversation

When visiting a village, action-oriented conservationists can become frustrated by ethnographic researchers like me, who linger over a strong cup of coffee and a good conversation. According to some, nothing is being achieved by sitting around and chatting. My belief, on the other hand, is that in many cases it is extremely important to spend many hours in open discussion on people’s porches. It is important to savor conversations with and among local people to enjoy conversing, rather than looking upon it as a requirement or a bore. Finding out about the meanings that landscapes have for local people is part of the process of becoming entangled with the local world. If this is not important to a conservation project, then it will be unsuccessful. Conservationists who are unable to build trust (confianza), the glue of Central American social relations, will be perceived as objects to be exploited for access to privileges and funds.
– Mark Bonta, Olancho Geography

You should dig a well before you are thirsty.
– Chinese proverb

Rule #1: The Captain is always right. Rule #2: If the Captain is wrong, see Rule #1.
– Trader Joe’s

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes
– Marcel Proust

This eye looks with love
This eye looks with judgment
Free me take the sight out of this eye
– Edie Brickell and the New Bohemians

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.
– Helen Keller

When you see the world as lover, every being, every phenomenon, can become — if you have a clever, appreciative eye — an expression of that ongoing, erotic impulse.
– Joanna Macy, World as Lover, World as Self

Keep it simple
– Popular expression

Give the hardest job to the laziest person and they’ll find the easiest way to do it.
– Popular expression

God is not found in the soul by adding anything but by a process of subtraction.
– Meister Eckhart

Law 1: Reduce
The simplest way to achieve simplicity is through thoughtful reduction.

Law 2: Organize
Organization makes a system of many appear fewer.

Law 3: Time
Savings in time feel like simplicity.

Law 4: Learn
Knowledge makes everything simpler.

Law 5: Differences
Simplicity and complexity need each other.

Law 6: Context
What lies in the periphery of simplicity is definitely not peripheral.

Law 7: Emotion
More emotions are better than less.

Law 8: Trust
In simplicity we trust.

Law 9: Failure
Some things can never be made simple.

Law 10: The One
Simplicity is about subtracting the obvious, and adding the meaningful.

– John Maeda, The Laws of Simplicity

Small is beautiful
We ought to focus as much on the micro as the macro.
– David Fennell, Ethics and Sustainable Tourism

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.
– Marianne Williamson, Our Deepest Fear

Surely it is ‘about nudging people along the continuum’ to stop the pig-ignorant and filthy to be a little more considerate, to get the concerned to take another step further, and so on. Not the big leap, but the small step that makes the journey.
– Peter Hutchison, Everyone likes a debate, but a discussion is more fruitful

It seems to me that if we can imagine the injustice then we can imagine its opposite.
– Paul Keating, (sampled in From little things big things grow)\

Da valor a lo pequeño.
Small is beautiful.

Life Lessons
The ship is always off course. Anybody who sails knows that. Sailing is being off-course and correcting. That gives a sense of what life is about.
Michael Meade

If you live every day of your life as if you are on a wonderful journey through an endlessly fascinating, strange land — you are.
Michael Kaye

You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.
R. Buckminster Fuller

The world will not evolve past its current state of crisis by using the same thinking that created the situation.
– Albert Einstein

You can’t solve a problem on the same level that it was created. You have to rise above it to the next level.
– Albert Einstein

As a leader, all you do is manage trust.
– Paul Orfalea, Copy This

So many ways to understanding, one for every woman and man. Been that way since the world began
– Bruce Cockburn, Making Contact

Given the room and the freedom to move, the complex adaptive system will do what it is very good at … create wholeness, health and harmony. We call that Peace.
– Harrison Owen, A Strategy for Peace

Talk to each other, understand one another.
Keb’Mo’, Peace

When a thing is intelligible, you have a sense of participation; when a thing is unintelligible you have a sense of estrangement.
E.F. Schumacher, Small is Beautiful

We must, however, keep in mind that in our desire to help people who are poor and powerless, that we do not do so in ways that, in the long run, keep them poor and powerless and dependent upon us.
Seattle Community Network

If you want a quality, act as if you already had it. Try the ‘as if’ technique.
– William James

Visualize world peace.
– Popular expression and the title of artwork by Hal Marcus

You must give birth to your images. They are the future waiting to be born … The future must enter into you long before it happens … Just wait for the birth, for the hour of new clarity.
– Rainer Maria Rilke

You can’t perceive what you can’t conceive.
– Rob Brezsny, Pronoia

We’ve got smoke building in the crowded theater, but the exit sign is just a mysterious tangle of glowing of red letters.
– Bruce Sterling, Make No Decision Out of Fear

Only the act of envisioning can one day become an embodiment.
– Michael Ventura, Shadow Dancing in the USA

What unifies a movement? After we go home from the demonstration, are we still a movement? Only if we’re grounded in a shared vision … Having a vision means we have some fundamental idea of how we want the world to be … A movement articulates something for the future … It’s not enough to express our individualities. What kind of a world do you want for everybody? And how can that world be demonstrated?
– Michael Ventura, Letters at 3AM

Know what you want and all the universe conspires to help you achieve it.
– Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

Like all of us, you have desires for things that you don’t really need and aren’t good for you. But you shouldn’t disparage yourself for having them, nor should you conclude that every desire is tainted. Rather, think of your misguided longings as the bumbling, amateur expressions of a faculty that will one day be far more expert. They’re how you practice as you work toward the goal of becoming a master of desire. It may take a while, but eventually you will get the hang of wanting things that are really good for you, and good for everyone else, too.
– Free Will Astrology

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