"To truly heal this planet, we need the power of community, which is much more than simply a political coalition. Whenever people come together around a shared goal and practice solidarity, they connect with a power greater than the sum of their individual efforts. Thus, they're unified and driven by meaning, trust and possibility, able to overcome any obstacle."
"The Berkana Institute works in partnership with a rich diversity of people around the world who strengthen their communities by working with the wisdom and wealth already present in their people, traditions and environment. As pathbreakers, we do not deny or flee from our global crisis. We respond by moving courageously into the future now, experimenting with many different solutions. Berkana and our partners share the clarity that whatever the problem, community is the answer. We prepare for an unknown future by creating strong and sustainable relationships, by wisely stewarding the earth's resources and by building resilient communities. We rely on the belief that human beings are caring, generous and want to be together."
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"It is possible that the next Buddha will not take the form of an individual. The next Buddha may take the form of a community -- a community practicing understanding and loving kindness, a community practicing mindful living. This may be the most important thing we can do for the survival of the Earth."
- Thich Nhat Hanh