I've been to more than my share of meetings where people got together to work towards making our city a better place to live. These included our neighborhood, our side of town and others. Some seemed really positive for a while and then the hope they produced disappeared like the fog being burned off by the sun.
Our city government, including the city council and the mayor, seem to be drifting. Lots of cliches are thrown around, but there doesn't seem to be a clear vision drawing people together to move change.
What about raising up an army? Yes, I'm serious. If people want to raise our city out of the muck and mire of the politics of insult and bickering, then we need to raise up an army for change. As a recipe on how to do this, I recommend this article by a young woman who seems to have her finger on doing this in the age of social media and millennials.
Here's a quote:
Today, in an age that’s increasingly mobile, the most important organizing model isn’t an audience, but an army. By army, I mean harnessing a network of people to organize action, develop skills and ultimately take on a mission. In an army, people assume different roles depending on their commitment, engagement or skills — all things an audience alone cannot.
Interested. Read this. If we don't move towards real change, then things will stay the same and get worse. The author is Gina Bianchini and she's organized an army of change for women at mightybells.com