thank you for your encouragement, very nice suggestions
i guess if i'm going to preach about participation i should probably put my money where my mouth is and start digging in — i guess its a lot easier to feel disempowered &/or complain than to actually actively figure out what i CAN accomplish and maybe set the course for others to participate, too, as a living example of what's possible and how to go out and do it
i guess i'm always thinking at that Big Picture level and want to change really ginormous and impossible systems for the better, but i think any chunk that can be bitten into to start really helping out might start to make a difference on an individual level, right?
at least that sounds like the idea
i really appreciate your input / feedback / encouragement :]