Who does what, when and how? We do!

These days, it’s often hard to tell exactly who’s responsible for what problem and this is coupled with an uncertainty about the role we play as citizens in making important stuff happen.

The fact is, it doesn’t just ‘happen’ and if we, the citizens, are going to sit around waiting for some magical organization to come along and make everything better, we’ll be sitting around grumbling for a very long time.

Complaints about the state of the streets, public buildings and parks can be seen in their 100s on social media sites. And we can’t realistically expect the communes or even ‘big business’ to solve everything. Experience has taught us that it doesn’t happen quickly enough, well enough…or even at all.

In the case of the communes, there usually isn’t the cash, and as for the private sector, well, many requests to support community charities are simply pushed onto the desks of HR or marketing departments.

But we can do something ourselves. We can get together with friends in supporting our own local groups, work to rally our community and deal with many minor problems, such as rubbish, graffiti and more. As a bonus, we get to know each other too – helping to grow both ourselves and our community spirit.

For more information do contact chalks
People To People International Europe asbl (www.ptpi.eu).

Community and PTPI in Europe

PTPI as we experience it, is a loose network of people, connected through a chapter framework and a global program of recommended action areas to cover. Local relevance is an important factor, especially as available resources, both human and financial, play a major role determining success of any activity.

For some chapters, a high level of flexibility is welcome, and others would prefer a more structured approach to implementing the activities that support all PTPI programs. We need to find a way to support each other. The more experienced chapters have much to teach us all. And, less experienced chapters need to be better at asking for and defining their needs for assistance.

We are only as good as our last, or most recent activities. Which is why we must share much more about the great things we do. We have been told many times that PTPI is a best kept secret.

Please do send in your ideas about how we might do more, share more, include more and truly make a difference to cultural understanding.

We do belong to something good. Time now to prove it.

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