Progress comes two ways to cities: by inches or in great leaps. Both are needed, but they follow different paths.
Courage provides the strength to say and do the right things. It’s also what separates the best of us from the crowd.
The final phase in a community change process is persuading the decision makers. The most effective way is by painting the need and vision vividly, and by presenting decision makers with just the details they want.
This is may be the most critical phase for civic projects because it requires so much from leaders, including the ability to plan, a mastery of detail, and a willingness to ask others for help. It demands commitment and the ability to focus.
What leaders need is a theory of change simple enough to fit on a single sheet of paper but which fully explains how complicated and diverse communities make up their minds to do something different . . . and get it done. Here it is.