Old way: Few Officials, appointments, selections, committees, officers, back rooms, the old guard
New way: Crowd Lots of people, everyone, anyone who wants to
Old way: Decide Pick winners, eliminate choices, cut off options, streamline, one “best” way
New way: Test Experiment, test, try, fail, succeed, partly fail, learn, revise, give up on some things, get better through experience
Old way: Isolated Meetings with no public attendance, gatekeepers, qualifications, prerequisites, requirements
New way: Connected Out and present in the community, participating, listening, involving
Old way: BIG Large projects, big costs, hard to do, long term, difficult to stop
New way: small
Tiny businesses, small steps, little failures, small successes, easy to do, short term, easy to quit if not working
Old way: Failure is bad Hide failures, don’t talk about them, be embarrassed, remind people of their failures to shame them
New way: Failure is good Learn from failure, celebrate good tries, look for lessons, let things go quickly that aren’t working
If this scares the heck out of you, that’s OK. But know that it’s coming. This is the way all things will be organized, sooner than you think. Are you ready to let go?
Keep shaping the future of your town, Becky
PS – What’s coming next for rural communities? Here’s your first chance to sign up for our Small Town Trends webinar (that’s more like a conversation) with you coming up in January. This will be a good one to get a group excited about your future.
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