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Keynsham Action Network

The Big Picture

Think global, act local.       Patrick Geddes    

This could be Keynsham Action Network’s motto. It is easy to be so absorbed with the immediate problems thrown at us by life, that we forget to think why things happen the way they do. But this way surely leads to disappointment and frustration when the same problem keeps coming back! Part of the problem is that the big picture feels too big us – too big to understand and too big to tackle.

Patrick Geddes 30 December 1931

In KAN we try to follow Geddes’ advice. Though it puzzles many people we believe we have no alternative.

He is among those beings of great scope who spread their leafy branches willingly over broad horizons. To be a man is, precisely, to be responsible. It is to know shame at the sight of poverty which is not of our making. It is to be proud of a victory won by our comrades. It is to feel, as we place our stone, that we are contributing to the building of the world.

― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Wind, Sand and Stars