Above Joanna Lumley opens the Peter Pan statue at Garden Wise
THE PEOPLE'S PROJECT
The time has come to look beyond
the "me culture," - the selfishness and the blame, - and
instead consider what we might be able to offer our town, - our region, - our country and ultimately our world.
"We must find a willingness to find a meaning in something greater than
oursleves" (Said President Barack Obama in his inaugural speech)
- and that meaning might be simply
being of service to our community.
So "Do not go where the path may lead, - but go instead
where there is no path........and leave a trail" (Waldo Emerson)
Be different in your thinking,
- dismiss thoughts of blame, - and be brave enough to make a difference.
Those of us who dare to change our pre-conceived
notions will see an immediate change.......
Take litter for example: - Almost all of us blame our council's for the
mess, - but the reality is that the solution lies in our own hands!
90% of the litter adorning our streets is cleaner
than the average door handle or railing, - so don't leave it there, - pick it up and find a bin!
only takes a second to pick up a piece of litter," -
so go on- spare that one second every day,
- and together we will solve the litter problem - with no blame, - no pain and
THE PEOPLE'S PROJECT IS FOR EVERYONE, - NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE, - IF YOU HAVE A DREAM, - WHY NOT
MAKE IT A REALITY BY STARTING YOUR OWN PROJECT?
Many of the world's problems
are caused by greed and avarice, - equally, - in Dumfries and Galloway, - some problems could be solved by giving and
Can you spare a little money to serve the good of humanity? To use the analogy of the loaves and fishes, - the
five thousand were fed by sharing the available food equally. The People's Project aims to help and support the whole
of our local community.
This is not about personal empire building, - but all about sharing.
The aims of The People's Project:
Through community involvement we aim to crown Dumfries and Galloway "The Queen of the South"
- To give people the opportunity to make a difference to their communities
- To create an eco-friendly environment, making Dumfries and Galloway the cleanest place
in the UK and a top tourist destination
I would like people
to identify projects which could be tackled on a "Challenge Aneka" type basis, - providing local communities an
opportunity to feel they belong. An example might be: To convert a piece of wasteland in your street into a garden or choose
an old hall, - and renovate it by using volunteer plumbers ; joiners; painters ; electricians etc, - to transform the
building into community use. The possibilities are endless, - and .....................................
the only limit is YOUR imagination.
- I'd like the public to embrace the PP; for them to realise that this is their opportunity to make a difference to their
communities. We're all happy to raise money for good causes all over the world, - and that should obviously
continue, - but sometimes charity should begin at home, - for the benefit of everyone."
IT'S NOT ABOUT WHAT YOUR TOWN (AND REGION) CAN DO FOR YOU, - BUT MORE ABOUT WHAT YOU CAN DO FOR YOUR TOWN
"I PASSIONATELY BELIEVE THAT A STRONG REGIONAL
CAPITAL, - BRINGS CAPITAL TO THE ENTIRE REGION."
Mark Jardine, The People's Project