Progress comes two ways to cities: by inches or in great leaps. Both are needed, but they follow different paths.
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.