The Metropolitan Revolution

It has been a while since I have posted, in part because I have been reading so much. My daytime read is The Metropolitan Revolution: How Cities and Metros Are Fixing Our Broken Politics and Fragile Economy by Bruce Katz and Jennifer Bradley. It provides examples of cities and metropolitan areas coming together to plan their future and purposefully working collaboratively. I am interested in what other places have done and how to apply teamwork and collaboration to my own city.

Networks are changing the face of our nation for the better, and they are made up of people like us. The calvary is not coming. Our governments are incapable of doing what needs to be done. They are slow to act and too removed to understand what is needed. It is up to us. Cities and regional areas such as New York, Houston, and Northeast Ohio have assessed their own resources and challenges and created innovative solutions that are truly inspiring.

On Friday, Memphis Uniting, a new collaboration, is meeting for the second time. It is an opportunity for this region to do what so many others are doing, collaborating to improve our city. I am excited by the possibilities and will keep you informed of the progress. Does your region have collaborations, networks of innovation and change? Research supports the power of newly formed coalitions as opposed to established cliques. The ideas are fresher and the synergy generated more powerful. Being truthful, engaged, and learning generate energy.

So this is an application of the team model I described in The Power of Teams, how to work together effectively. It provides the building blocks of this new Metropolitan Revolution.

Stay tuned!