The 4 levels of city change

This is a useful article for any citizen who wishes to make change. It definitely squares with what we’ve learned in my community, about how much power a neighborhood can have by organizing.

When City Council Won’t Listen to Reason (Elmwood Guy; Dear Winnipeg)

“As we labour together for bottom up change, it’s a great reminder that sometimes you need to get a little closer to the bottom of the ladder of engagement in order to recover your mojo and get back out there!”

I particularly found his little illustration with the rocks useful. The four-level hierarchy: your city; your neighborhood; your street; you.

Interestingly, over the past several months I seem to have intuitively stumbled on this hierarchy. And started acting accordingly. Which seems to be saving a lot of bandwidth and personal energy. My own, and other people’s.