CoaST reaches 10th birthday

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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.
www.coastproject.co.uk
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

 

 

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3 Responses to CoaST reaches 10th birthday

  1. Sally says:

    I love Manda’s quote. Congratulations on your 10th Anniversary 🙂

  2. John says:

    Thank you for those kind words, Harold. Yes, CoaSTies are working very hard to keep the most important issues of our time at the forefront of people’s minds, and it looks as though at last we are making some headway in getting people who make real decisions (e.g. planners, procurement managers, business owners and so on) to take up on what we are saying. The energy at the birthday party was quite amazing, and it gave us all a little boost!

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