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is quite clear that as long as the nations of the
world spend most of their energy, money, and emotional
strength in quarreling with words and weapons, a
true offensive against the common problems that
threaten human survival is not very likely. A world
government that can channel human efforts in the
direction of the great solutions seems desirable,
even essential. Naturally, such a world government
should be a federal one, with regional and local
autonomy safeguarded and with cultural diversity
-- Isaac Asimov
What my experience has taught me is that regardless
of how complicated the problems might appear,
it is possible to work through them and find solutions
that are mutually satisfactory to every stakeholder
in the problem… most of our problems on this earth
are created by us and therefore we have the capacity
and the obligation to unmake them.
-- Hizkias Assefa
No piecemeal solution is going to prevent the
collapse of whole societies and ecosystems ...
a radical re-thinking of our values, priorities
and political systems is urgent.
-- Maude Barlow
problem of climate change is so large that it
can't be solved by voluntary individual responses.
It requires an economy-wide solution, i.e. one
that limits the total carbon intake of the economy."
~ Peter Barnes
know that government doesn't have the all solutions
that real solutions do not come from the top down.
Instead, the ways to end poverty come from all of us.
We are part of the solution.
-- Governor Kathleen Blanco
about it: Every educated person is not rich, but almost
every education person has a job and a way out of poverty.
So education is a fundamental solution to poverty.
-- Governor Kathleen Blanco
we talk of flood control, we usually think of dams and
deeper river channels, to impound the waters or hurry
their run-off. Yet neither is the ultimate solution,
simply because floods are caused by the flow of water
downhill. If the hills are wooded, that flow is checked.
If there is a swamp at the foot of the hills, the swamp
sponges up most of the excess water, restores some of
it to the underground water supply and feeds the remainder
slowly into the streams. Strip the hills, drain the
boglands, and you create flood conditions inevitably.
Yet that is what we have been doing for years.
-- Hal Borland
"Is it too late to prevent us from self-destructing?
No, for we have the capacity to design our own
future, to take a lesson from living things around
us and bring our values and actions in line with
ecological necessity. But we must first realize
that ecological and social and economic issues
are all deeply intertwined. There can be no solution
to one without a solution to the others."
We have all known the long loneliness
and we have learned that the only solution is love
and that love comes with community.
-- Dorothy Day
things made me become a vegetarian, among them,
the higher food yield as a solution to world hunger.
-- John Denver
Imagine what it might do to the human spirit to
know that we have conquered hunger as a world
wide societal issue?
-- John Denver
let adversity become an obstacle.
Let adversity spur you on to devise creative approaches
-- John Di Frances
biggest problem is getting beyond the “you can’t”
syndrome. The moment you figure that out, you’re
on your way to flying. Anyone who cannot see problems
around him or herself is utterly blind. All the
problems sitting there are an invitation for you
to be creative, make use of your skills and resources
and find a solution. Of course you can do it.
It doesn’t require brilliance. It’s just giving
yourself permission and then being persistent.
Persistent in seeing the problem or opportunity
and persistent in thinking about it until you
have come up with some interesting ideas that
might change the pattern. It’s really a mindset,
not anything in the objective world — that is
-- Bill Drayton
problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness
that created it. -- Albert
intellect has little to do on the road to discovery.
There comes a leap in consciousness, call it intuition
or what you will,
and the solution comes to you and you don’t know
how or why.”
-- Albert Einstein
I am working on a problem I never think about
beauty. I only think about how to solve the problem.
But when I have finished, if the solution is not
beautiful, I know it is wrong.
most constructive solutions are those which take
into consideration the views of all persons involved
and are acceptable to all. Such outcomes are the
result of negotiation strategies where the needs
of both sides are considered important and an
attempt is made to meet all needs. These solutions
are appropriately called Win-Win because there
are no losers. While often difficult to arrive
at, the process leading to such solutions builds
interpersonal relationships, increases motivation
and improves commitment. Win-Win solutions are
the most desirable outcomes of conflict resolution.
-- Peter Gabor and Carol Ing
we bear witness, when we become the situation
— homelessness, poverty, illness, violence, death
— the right action arises by itself. We don’t
have to worry about what to do. We don't have
to figure out solutions ahead of time. Peacemaking
is the functioning of bearing witness. Once we
listen with our entire body and mind, loving action
-- Bernie Glassman
full extent of the problem of hunger is not obvious
to most of us. We see the homeless, but there
are a great number of working poor, struggling
to survive, who don't have enough money to put
adequate food on the table. We must find a solution
to this ever-increasing problem — and quickly.
-- Scott Glenn
are many challenges facing the international community
today but few, in my mind, are more pressing than
those of finding humanitarian solutions to refugee
problems. We talk of regional conflicts, of economic
and social crises, of political instability, of
abuses of human rights, of racism, religious intolerance,
inequalities between rich and poor, hunger, over-population,
under-development and. I could go on and on. Each
and every one of these impediments to humanity’s
pursuit of well-being are also among the root
causes of refugee problems.
-- Poul Hartling,
UN High Commissioner for Refugees, 1978-1985
lasting solution, the possibility to begin a new
life, is the only dignified solution for the refugee
himself. -- Poul
countries where people have to flee their homes
because of persecution and violence, political
solutions must be found, peace and tolerance restored,
so that refugees can return home. In my experience,
going home is the deepest wish of most refugees.
~ Angelina Jolie
and technologies exist to provide clean, affordable
drinking water anywhere in the world. These solutions
will save lives, reduce financial burdens, foster
peace, and relieve millions of people from worrying
about their next drink of water.
-- Jewel Kilcher
plagues of the dark ages or contemporary diseases
we do not understand, the modern plague of overpopulation
is soluble by means we have discovered and with
resources we posses. What is lacking is not sufficient
knowledge of the solution but universal consciousness
of the gravity of the problem and education of the
billions who are its victim."
-- Martin Luther King,
We all have choices. We can build walls or we
can build bridges. We can give our talents to
creating weapons of annihilation, as so many scientists
have done, or we can work to find solutions to
humanities greatest problems. Our orientation
is found not only in our acts, but also in the
policies we support or oppose.
-- David Krieger
"I've always thought that the best solution
for those who feel helpless is for them to help
-- Aung San Suu Kyi
careful what you water your dreams with. Water
them with worry and fear and you will produce
weeds that choke the life from your dream. Water
them with optimism and solutions and you will
cultivate success. Always be on the lookout for
ways to turn a problem into an opportunity for
success. Always be on the lookout for ways to
nurture your dream.”
- Lao Tzu
"The solution of adult problems tomorrow depends
in large measure upon the way our children grow
up today. There is no greater insight into the
future than recognizing that, when we save children,
we save ourselves."
-- Margaret Mead
have the opportunity to make violence prevention
and peacemaking a central conversation in our
culture right now. And there couldn't be a more
urgent time to do so. We see daily the tragic
impact violence is having on the planet. I feel
heartened that so many practical solutions will
be brought forth through a Department of Peace.
This campaign is showing what can be done as we
begin to invest more in the work of peacebuilding.
There are many programs and practices that are
already proving to be incredibly effective at
reducing such cultural challenges as gang violence,
violence in our schools, in our homes, as well
as conflict around the world. So please join this
movement by contacting your members of Congress
and urge them to support this landmark legislation.
And join others in your community working to make
it happen. Together we can do this." -- Willie
We could dramatically accelerate innovations in
sustainability and social justice just by making
choices to use our money for positive solutions.
-- Carol Newell
problems may often seem intractable but they are
not insoluble. In our experience there are two
basic prerequisites for solution: the political
will of leaders to tackle the causes and to settle
for peace, and international determination to
push for peace and then to consolidate it. Consolidating
peace means helping societies emerging from war
to reintegrate refugees in safety and dignity,
to rebuild their institutions - including in the
field of justice and human rights - and to resume
their economic development."
-- Sadako Ogata
Our goal is to establish a permanent Youth Assembly
on the global level that would serve to represent
the voices, ideas, concerns and solutions of youth
to the issues that directly affect their lives.
-- Benjamin Quinto
is the solution? To make peace a class, in every
school, at every grade level, in classrooms all
over the world so our children can learn the 'art'
of getting along, which isn't easy, reflected
by the current state of the world
-- Debbie Robins
are recycling not only to protect the environment, but
for economic reasons as well. Disposal is simply too
costly and too dangerous. The challenge is to redirect
the flow of raw materials going to landfill into strengthening
our declining local economies. The solution to pollution
is self-reliant cities and counties.
-- Neil Seldman, Institute for Local Self-Reliance,
"We have to promote human solidarity, avoid indifference,
and play a part with society in the solution of
the problem of violence..."
are a normal part of life; how we deal with them
can make a big difference. Often when people resolve
conflicts, one person ends up a winner, and one
loses out. This may solve the problem for the
moment, but resentment and bad feelings can cause
more problems later. Another way to look at conflicts
is to try to find a WIN-WIN solution, a compromise
in which both sides can benefit. In this way,
conflicts are turned into opportunities to grow
and make things better. This approach is the cornerstone
of "conflict resolution" - an important tool for
bringing peace into our personal lives, our communities
and to our world.
-- Robert Alan Silverstein
is the one international institution we have in
which governments get together to work collectively
for a common purpose. International crises, by
definition, require international solutions. Peacekeeping
is a response to conflict, is a response to situations
in which often it is not the business of any one
particular country to get into. It seems to me,
therefore, that the world will for the foreseeable
future need peacekeeping.
-- Shashi Tharoor
I believe that humanity has an uphill battle to
wage in its fight to attain real health, and I
honestly believe - from hard-earned experience
- that homeopathy can offer some solution to this
-- George Vithoulkas
In many parts of the world the people are searching
for a solution which would link the two basic
values: peace and justice. The two are like bread
and salt for mankind.
-- Lech Walesa
do not have the answers. Indeed quite the reversal.
A lot of times they not only do not have the answers,
they themselves are the problem. If we are committed
to helping our world’s children, then we must
begin to create solutions from the bottom up.
"The power of nonviolence is not circumstance-specific.
It is as applicable to the problems that confront
us now, as to problems that confronted generations
in the past. It is not a medicine or a solution
so much as a healing process. It is the active
spiritual immune system of humanity." -- Marianne
We bequeath to you, the next generation,
our knowledge but also our problems. While we
still live, let us join hands, hearts and minds
to work together for their solution so that your
world will be better than ours and the world of
your children even better.
-- Rosalyn Yalow