Individual and community growth centers on participation. This simple act: participation, can mobilize, unite, and transform individuals into citizens and groups into communities. Though individually defined, some core tenants of citizenship remain steadfast:
: the fact or status of being a citizen of a particular place
: the qualities that a person is expected to have as a responsible member of a community
: a participatory member
Full Definition of CITIZENSHIP
1: the status of being a citizen
2: a: membership in a community
b: the quality of an individual’s response to membership in a community
“ I belong to this place and its people and I’m able and willing to act from responsibility for my belonging.” John O’Brien quote from Conversations on Citizenship and Person-Centered Work
“ You are a citizen where you are defined by your contribution, by what you create in the company of others, not by what you consume.” Mike Green, ABCD, in (2011) Conversations on Citizenship and Person-Centered Work. Toronto: Inclusion Press.
“ Citizenship is related to three ideals of democracy that are at the core of person-centered work. First, all people are created equal, which means that everyone is equally entitled to reach for their higher purpose. Second, in order to reach for higher purpose there must be equal opportunities to do so. Third, our work as citizens is not simply to receive but to give back; not just to reach for our own higher purpose, but to do so in a way that contributes to the greater good.” Beth Mount quote from Conversations on Citizenship and Person-Centered Work
“ Citizenship is about full participation, active participation as a person in a community. It’s when you do things with other people in a community. It’s not being done to you, it’s doing with.” Jack Pearpoint
Commonunity® is built from the belief that everyone deserves the right to actively participate in full citizenship. Citizenship fosters unity in the common good for all where everyone can consider: I am a citizen of my community.