Some of the most exciting urban projects around were once considered crazy ideas. So how do you tell the difference between a crazy idea that’s a great leap forward and one that’s . . . just plain crazy? And what do you do with the determined people behind these projects? Here’s a way to separate the bold but doable projects from the delusional, while encouraging citizens to dream big.
When things you’ve counted on don’t work anymore, advice will fly in from all sides. How do you make good choices for a city or an organization when the alternatives are so different? Take a deep breath, and set about answering three simple but important questions.
The five core skills of leadership, I’ve come to learn from studying how change happens in communities, are relationship building, learning, strategy, facilitation, and persuasion. In that sequence.
There’s a predictable and frustrating time lag between good ideas being proposed and communities accepting them. Here’s what you can do during that fallow period . . . and one thing that might speed things up.
To start a community change process, focus on the need. Once people are convinced the need is important, urgent, and solvable, create a guiding coalition to find the solution.