Begin in your community… begin at your university, begin in your own little town…
The quotation is from former Secretary General to the United Nations, Kofi Annan. His words confirm the JCI believe that civil society must be part of the development. JCI define active citizens as people who identify challenges, engage the community and take action to create sustainable solutions.
Today I could read on my facebook page how one of the chapters in JCI Denmark was accepting the challenge and was having a meeting with local politicians analyzing the problems in their local communities. I was so happy to read that. It is important for us to remember that our projects only truly have impact if we have the support of those who benefit from our work. They need to be involved in defining the problems so we don’t end up solving issues that were never problems – or simply not a priority in our local communities.
I cannot wait to talk to the chapter president to ask how it went and what they expect to get out of their meeting in the long run. I bet there is a learning opportunity there for me and the rest of the organization.