\”A quality civil society has three critical underpinnings: a commitment to pluralism, an open door to meritocracy, and a full embrace of what I described earlier as a cosmopolitan ethic.The voices of civil society will reflect and express the growing complexity of society, not as autonomous fragments, but as diversified institutions seeking the common good. And I believe that the voices of civil society can be among the most powerful forces in our time. Where change has been overdue, they can be voices for change. Where people live in fear, they can be voices of hope.\”–His Highness the Aga Khan. The 88th Stephen Ogden Lecture at Brown UniversityProvidence, Rhode Island, USA. March 10, 2014TOP POSTS

Source: Aga Khan Development Network’s partnership with Johnson & Johnson Corporate Citizenship Trust