Civic work runs on relationships. But because communities are diverse and power so diffuse, it takes connections that are both broad and deep to be effective. This, in turn, requires we approach relationship building differently in civic work than in other activities. Here’s a key to success: Learning to ask people to do things for you.
There’s a predictable and frustrating time lag between good ideas being proposed and communities accepting them. Here’s what you can do during that fallow period . . . and one thing that might speed things up.
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.