I was privileged to be invited to speak at the 10th birthday party for Cornwall Sustainable Tourism – the internationally significant One Planet Tourism people. If you want to see the evidence for their national and international impact just take a look at their website, this is a virtual organisation which packs a big punch.
As usual the hall was packed with CoaSTies, all positive deviants, trying to make the world a better place and not shrinking from the big challenges: climate change, pollution, education, water.
CoaSTies recognise the importance of community and collective activity. They are a fantastic example of what active networks can achieve, even in hard times. CoaST now survives entirely on contracts, its only funding is for the consultancy contracts it delivers. Tough times but CoaSTies will fight on, doing everything they can to make the world a better place.
There is an important lesson for all of us in that:
As Manda Brooks reminded us quoting Josh Harnett
“Remember that absolutely nothing happens if everything is left to everyone else.”
We needs more Mandas, more CoaSTies and more people willing to take responsibility, it is free, you can take as much of it as you can handle