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- People from all parts of the community got involved and stayed involved because they rallied around a set of defined values. This was important to have the same shared language that helped build a cohesive vision for the community. Having shared values serves as the backbone for decision-making of how things will be done and what will be done. It unified people.Take a look at how Rockford rallied around cleaning up its city through an event called Sharefest Rockford.
- There will be critics, and impatience. People often wanted a quick fix, but the solutions are often not easy and required gathering advice from a variety of groups. Meanwhile, the public needed to see change. But through transparency, respect for the process and community engagement people started to believe that better days were ahead.
- Egos need not apply. When you are trying to change a community from the ground up, you can’t do it alone and you need to engage the best people to do the job. So that means groups needed to play well in the sandbox together. For example: the parks department in Rockford collaborates with a wide-variety of groups including the YMCA, the school district, Boys & Girls Club… everyone. Why? Because they fully believe it benefits the community to work that way.
- When trying to solve difficult issues, there were people in Rockford who didn’t trust the transformation process. And because that lack of trust ran deep, the only solution was to consistently deliver on promises over time to show a high level of commitment.
- They met people where they were in their neighborhood. So that meant sometimes meeting on Sundays and different times of the day to maximize attendance, making sure interpreters were on hand who could translate, and listening to them even when the dialogue sometimes got heated.
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