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to homeowners, landlords and property
developers; improvements in
air quality help people with asthma;
gorgeous views inspire local watercolor
and photography clubs; birders
will be drawn to the new habitat for
wildlife; and much more.
Best Practices
Here are three guiding principles
for creating such a coalition:
1. Welcome all perspectives. It
doesn't matter why someone likes
Silent Spring Park; it only matters
that they support it. If they
dislike Silent Spring Park, think
about what you can change in
your plan to accommodate their
concerns.
2. Quantity is important. Talk to
as many people as you can -
the list can be as vast as your
imagination allows. Make sure
that you speak to them on their
terms. Remember, the point is
to hear their input, so don't tell
them why they should like the
park or why you like the park.
Ask them what they think about the
park and then listen.
3. Quality is important. Talk to as
many different people as you can.
The greater diversity in viewpoints
you have, the better. Not only will
it make your coalition stronger,
but also it will make your project
better. How many " great " ideas
have been hatched that, in the end,
negatively affected the people closest
to the issue? Our nation's history
is littered with examples. Again,
listen more than you speak.
Putting Your Work
Into Practice
It is vital to ensure your member
of Congress hears from numerous
constituents, so, ask constituents to
write, email, call, meet with, and
if need be, send a carrier pigeon to
your representative's office telling
them about how much they want
this earmark, and why.
No one can guarantee that your
earmark will prevail because of the
work you did to form this community
coalition, but you will be much
better positioned for success. Additionally,
the relationships that you
make or strengthen during this exercise
will serve you well in all your
future endeavors.
Elvis Cordova is NRPA's Vice President of Public
Policy and Advocacy (ecordova@nrpa.org).
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