Phew, and double phew @ndawards

Phew, and double phew. That was an intense day of writing my second piece for the Diversity Group Blog.  

The original intention was to write one article on Active Citizenship but it’s turned into a lengthy trilogy; like Lord of the Rings, only possibly longer.

Here’s a brief overview and a link to the first article. Hoping to see the second part online soon.

I’ve written something which should be relatable to a wide range of readers; reflections on Leadership, Active Citizenship and cross-cause collaboration.

Many thanks to the Diversity Group for the opportunity to share my thoughts.

Best wishes, David

PART TWO: Civil Participation, Civic Engagement & Beyond.


Gardens, scholars say, are the first sign of commitment to a community. When people plant corn they are saying, let’s stay here. And by their connection to the land, they are connected to one another. – Anne Raver

Over the course of this series of articles, it is my intention to explore the concepts of Leadership and Active Citizenship; how these can be differently defined; the limiting perception of “real” activists as opposed to the supposed “slacktivists” and the unintentional exclusion and devaluing of certain types of people who fail to meet our definitions.
Part One, Reflections on Collective Responsibility, can be found here:

In this second part, Civil Participation, Civic Engagement and Beyond, we will look at various views regarding what it means to be an ‘active citizen’, and explore some of the lessons that we can learn from each other.
In the final part of this series, Collective Cross-Cause Collaboration, we will consider how anti-oppression initiatives can be part of our everyday lives; how we can nurture a broader range of strategies to allow for wider participation and finally how we can learn from each other so that collective cross-cause collaboration can accelerate social progress.

I feel my heart break to see a nation ripped apart by its own greatest strength – its diversity
. – Melissa Etheridge



About neverblendin

David Watters, a graduate of Napier University, Edinburgh, Trinity College of Music, London and the Institute of Education, University of London, has worked internationally within education and Educational Management for more than 20 years. He has taught extensively within many socially and culturally diverse settings; most recently as a Head of Performing Arts within Further Education. He is a personal and professional development associate with The Pacific Institute (, personal coach, freelance writer and founding member of NBI Associates. He is a writer on social equality issues, is a key player in the Equal Love Campaign UK and author of the forthcoming book, NEVER BLEND IN which features key voices from the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community and which aims to inspire and encourage those who may lack self-esteem or who question their validity. David is currently promoting a youtube campaign"Give 'em Hope"and is asking individuals, couples and groups to make and share videos telling about the benefits of living with personal authenticity. He has shared a platform with Stuart Milk and Peter Tatchell and is a supporter of 17-24-30, The Trevor Project, Schools Out, The Terrence Higgins Trust, The Albert Kennedy Trust and numerous others. His background in arts and education, combined with a solid understanding of Cognitive Behavioural Strategies, and his passion for Equality Advocacy drive every aspect of his work as a personal development facilitator, motivational speaker and writer. View all posts by neverblendin

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