The rescue of one of America’s greatest urban parks holds important lessons for local government officials everywhere about working with nonprofit partners, patience, and trading power for results.
And why it ought to be done, year in and year out, by a political party. That’s right. A political party.
Governments tend to be good at fairness, scale, and steadfastness. What they’re not so good at is innovation. This is one reason we need collaboration.
If you can bring groups to good decisions, you can place yourself at the center of what cities need today, which is more collaboration. Here are some starting points for facilitators.
A professor left an Ivy League university to work in city government. What he learned in city hall was important, but what he missed was even more important.