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.
Seeing the opportunity for change is the genius of leadership and often involves finding paths that are hidden to everyone else. Herding people through those passages is the practice of leadership. Here’s how to be better at the genius parts of leadership.
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.