How to achieve long-term sustainable change

"Long-term sustainable change happens if people discover their own power. The key is moving the centre of gravity in the decision-making, moving it closer to people in the community, in the field, and so forth-and away from a centrally directed, top-down approach.  For the first time in human history, technology is enabling people to really maintain those rich connections with much larger numbers of people than ever before."

Pierre Omidyar, Founder of eBay