Behind many great civic projects is a mixture of unlikely relationships and creativity. You can do some things to make the magic happen. But you also need a little luck.
At some point in a long civic career, you may face a skillful liar who is elected to an important local office. Here’s how to fight back in a way that doesn’t leave the city deeply divided.
How can you have better politics in your city? Elect better candidates. And that starts by writing job descriptions for elected officials, judging candidates by those descriptions, then engaging citizens in a long-term conversation about what we should expect from our elected leaders.
Want to make a major change in your city? Better bring an army and be prepared to answer this question: Why do we need this change?
If you want to get things done in communities, it’s critical to have public opinion on your side. But if public opinion is against you at the outset, is there a way to change it? Let’s ask the master.