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.
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.
We live in a country that believes power is best exercised by a herd and not a shepherd. So for reporters to learn how government works, they must be good at seeing and reporting on collaboration. Here’s how to do that and, along the way, discover what makes some governments succeed.
You cannot reform an organization without the support of those who work in it. But to gain that support, you must give up the habit of blaming others when things go wrong and persuade others to give up the habit as well. Only then can you pinpoint problems and begin fixing them . . . as a team.