Active Citizenship

"As a changemaker, you have to be comfortable telling four main types of stories to engage the hearts, heads, and hands of your audience to help give wings to your project." PDF guide produced by Ashoka to help social entrepreneurs make change.

"Active citizenship is a combination of knowledge, attitude, skills and actions that aim to contribute to building and maintaining a democratic society...it supports democratic cooperation that is based on the acceptance of universal human rights and the rule of law, values diversity and includes the whole community. Education towards gaining this knowledge and developing and practicing the skills take place in all levels of our shared social life, but schools play a very important role in it."

Rethinking Schools Book Review: Grace Lee Boggs on Sustainable Activism from A People's Curriculum for the Earth

"Imagine what our neighborhoods would be like if, instead of keeping our children isolated in classrooms for 12 years and more, we engaged them in community-building activities with the same audacity with which the Civil Rights Movement engaged them in desegregation activities 50 years ago. Just imagine how safe and lively our streets would be if, as a natural and normal part of the curriculum from K-12, schoolchildren were taking responsibility for maintaining neighborhood streets, planting community gardens, recycling waste, rehabbing houses, creating healthier school lunches, visiting and doing errands for the elderly, organizing neighborhood festivals, and painting public murals! (p. 158)"