Organizing for Success

Margaret Mead (1901–1978) once said, "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." The section Understand Who Can Help describes typical roles of agencies and groups that may help you resolve pedestrian concerns. This section focuses on strategies for working with them. Strategies are divided into two categories:

  1. Advocacy — Be an advocate, join an existing advocacy group, or start an advocacy group.
  2. Coalitions, Alliances, and Partnerships — Form or join a coalition of groups with similar interests.

It is not necessary to be a visionary leader to make a difference in your community. All you need is a desire for change and the tools to focus your energy. The following sections offer ideas for organizing your individual or group efforts.