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Citizen Sector

Prologue:

"Only the individuals can think and create new values for society - nay, even set up new moral standards to which the life of community conforms. Without creative, independently thinking and judging personalities, the upward development of society is as unthinkable as the development of individual personality without the nourishing soil of community"
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- Albert Einstein


These words of Albert Einstein beautifully express the importance of socially creative individuals in the process of social development. Unfortunately, societies in many parts of world often discourage and even turn hostile to these creative and independently thinking individuals if they start working for changes in the existing social set-up.

The term "Citizen Sector" applies to the realm of movement that brings the power of private citizens to bear on important social and environmental issues. Implicit in the idea of a vibrant citizen sector are vibrant citizens-individuals, families and communities that devote their time and energy to social causes. They attend town meetings, monitor elections, volunteer at schools, and contribute to bettering society.

The rise and spread of democracy has made the Citizen Sector not only possible, but absolutely necessary (essential evil). Through its civic engagement, citizens help society grow; they hold their government, organization, to standards of accountability, transparency, and agileness. This emerging sector has been growing at an unprecedented rate over the last three decades and is reorganizing the way the work of society gets done.