Old Way: You gather groups of people but it’s the same people as the last time and the time before that
and you meet in a room but your community happens outside that room in the downtown, in businesses, in homes and parks and streets and on sidewalks
and the consultant walks you through the process though you know the drill so well you could do it in your sleep
and you brainstorm what could go in the plan but it’s the same things that always go in the plans and the same people say the same things and bring up the same issues
and you vote on priorities but your priorities never seem to come out on top
and you end up with a plan but a lot of it goes undone and gets recycled into the next plan
What if we stopped doing that? Imagine if we kept a Possibilities List As of Now called it the plan.
I think we’ll be talking more about this.
Keep shaping the future of your town, Becky
PS – Next week, you’ll get an email from my colleague Deb Brown. [Meet her here] We’re going to alternate weeks for awhile, rather than both emailing you every week. We figure your inbox could use a break, and so could we. Happy holidays!
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