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Carol Craig is the Centre's Chief Executive. She is author of The Scots' Crisis of Confidence, Creating Confidence: A Handbook for Professionals Working with Young People, The Tears that Made the Clyde: Well-being in Glasgow and The Great Takeover: How materialism, the media and markets now dominate our lives. She is Commissioning editor for the Postcards from Scotland series. Carol blogs on confidence, well-being, inequality, every day life and some of the great challenges of our time. The views she expresses are her own unless she specifically states that they reflect the Centre's thinking.

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Posted 05/02/2013

My views have evolved considerably over the years. I have always had a strong social conscience and belief in the importance of equality and social justice. For many years I was often referred to as a 'feminist'. I didn't dispute aspects of that label but never felt it did justice to the scope of my views. Recently, courtesy of Laurence Demarco, I read two quotes on community which really chime with how my own views are evolving:

"So let us solve the great problem of our time, the disease of excessive size and uncontrollable proportions, by going back to the alternative to both right and left - that is, to a small-scale social environment with all its potential for global pluralistic co-operation and largely unaffiliated self-sufficiency, by extending not centralising control but by decontrolling locally centred and nourished communities, each with its own institutional nucleus and a limited but strong and independent gravitational field." - Leopold Kohr (Austrian Economist)
 

"I am done with great things and big plans, great institutions and big success. I am for those tiny, invisible, loving, human forces that work from individual to individual, creeping through the crannies of the world like so many rootlets, or like the capillary oozing of water, which, if given time, will rend the hardest monuments of pride." - William James (American Psychologist and Philosopher).

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