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.
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.
What connects a civic project as it works through the community change process is the group that maps its strategies, finding answers and allies. This is the guiding coalition, and it changes as the project advances. Here’s how.
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.
The best leaders are connectors of people, ideas, and resources. And to be a connector, you have to be a relationship builder.