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 difficulty we have in confronting the big picture is that it seems too big – 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 there is no alternative.

Another piece of wisdom from Geddes:

A city is more than a place in space, it is a drama in time

- Patrick Geddes

This is about another way of seeing. The great novelist, Marcel Proust said this very specifically, using so few words – perhaps unusual for him!:

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.

- Patrick Geddes

Where does this get us in our struggle to make Keynsham a kinder,  more caring place?

… to be continued.