"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.

Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has"

Margaret Mead, Anthropologist
(used with permission)

"If you don't like the news .... go out and make some of your own !!"

Wes "Scoop" Nisker, Newscaster


Government is a slow and tedious process. While it often includes citizen and neighborhood involvement, non-governmental, private organizations have created movements and interesting groups which can create positive change in our cities and towns.

I am fascinated by the way groups are created and how they influence public decision making. This blog merely recognizes them and forwards the description of these groups from their own websites.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Philadelphia Parks Alliance

Location: Philadelphia, PA

Website: www.philaparks.org

The mission of the Philadelphia Parks Alliance is to champion the public’s interest in outstanding parks, recreation and open spaces, key to making Philadelphia a healthy, vibrant and sustainable city for all.

The Parks Alliance’s vision of a great city is one with great parks and interconnected green spaces. The Parks Alliance leads the diverse and expanding citizens’ movement which shapes public policies required to build the nation’s premier parks and recreation system.

The Philadelphia Parks Alliance will strive to become a primary advocate and information resource for parks and open space in our city. We are committed to building a strong and unified parks and open space coalition that will advocate for all citizens.

We will endeavor to create strategic and collaborative alliances with government and with organizations that care about our parks and open space.

Our membership and board will be broadly representative of the demographics of our city. Collaboration will be the hallmark of our interaction with others.

We will be a fiscally sound and responsible organization.

The Philadelphia Parks Alliance is:

- Effective: We establish and achieve goals that will contribute to constructive change.

- Inclusive: We welcome contributions and input from others. We strive to remain open to different points of view within the context of our mission and priorities.

- Dedicated: We are willing to do what it takes to be effective.

- A Model of Integrity: We act with honesty, directness, conviction, and determination.

- Bold: We are forward thinking, willing to think and act creatively, to question the status quo. We are oriented toward taking action, even courageous action.

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