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.
City hall isn’t so much a public policy factory as a switching yard, where ideas come in from the outside and are acted on. So where do big public policy ideas originate in your city? And what happens to them as they move along the tracks? This could be a rich source for your reporting, and an eye-opening series of stories for your readers.
If you want to get things done in communities, it’s critical to have public opinion on your side. But if public opinion is against you at the outset, is there a way to change it? Let’s ask the master.
How do you deal with a wall of civic doubt and negativism? Through quiet confidence and a simple plan: Take on something big and visible. Succeed. Then repeat, succeed, and repeat again.
If collaboration is such a good thing in localities, why don’t more governments work together? Because most leaders don’t know how to create the conditions for collaboration. Here, then, is the introductory course.