Ahhh, projects. Projects are nothing more, or less, than organized change. COVID-19 has shown us quite the example of unorganized change, and don’t get me started on the US Federal Government’s handling of it.

As we know, engaging in projects allows for accomplishing all sorts of things. The project may be as simple as cleaning up a vacant lot or establishing a community garden, or it can be as complex as building a new food system. 

Let’s consider a topic/issue some of us locally are familiar with – the eroding streets in the city of Norwood. Norwood has suffered from reduced taxes and income for over 30 years. Their police, fire departments and the associated pensions are a huge burden in today’s environment. We could make fixing Norwood streets a project. Certainly worthy.

We begin by inviting collaborators, others whom might be interested in addressing this issue.

We then convene, in whatever fashion that seems best, to outline the priorities and parameters of our project. This might include a listing of the very worst streets.

We consider the issue, in this case primarily a financial one, for creative solutions. Can we reduce police and fire, or reduce the debt burden of pensions? Of course, we do not want to negatively impact pensioners, but perhaps creative financing and other tools can be used to re-assign some funding.

As we balance needs with available funding, we update our Project App (doesn’t exist yet, but we’re exploring options), select the methodology for the repair and find a suitable vendor. This process could be repeated, if needed, on a street by street basis