I f you are dealing with a build of up of grievances in your neighborhood, town, city or workplace, and yourself and others are feeling stuck – feeling like things are only going to get worse, this video is for you. But before we talk about the things that are wrong, it’s only fair to point out that without the help of others, they could be so much worse! So before I go on I’d like to first acknowledge all of the individuals, organizations, cities, and towns that are doing fantastic work at making communities hum. But just as they themselves would tell you, there’s so much more work to do.
When I was completing my master’s in political science, my area of study centered on contentious politics. Specifically, I researched how populist candidates (Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders, and even Ted Cruz), garnered support for their cause and why many people in the United States were drawn to populist messages during the 2016 American Primaries – regardless of their political affiliation!
What I found was that there were three reasons people resonated with anti-establishment messages, namely:
The truth in all of this is that if left unchecked, these conditions – can eventually lead to contentious politics which can manifest in any number of ways. Within the greater community, it might look like this:
Within the workplace, it might look like this:
The good news is that such contentious conditions can be stopped and even avoided. The bad news is it takes work!
The restoration of stability, progress and harmony requires governments, politicians, institutions, and organizations, to meet people where they are at; to learn how to better listen and connect with constituents; just as constituents need to better connect and voice their concerns in a way that allows people to come together to resolve issues amicably. The problem here is that many constituents are quiet. You know the scenario:
“I tried to tell someone about it, but no one did anything.”
The result is that many simply keep to themselves but that doesn’t make the problem go away, it just builds further resentment.
So I’m starting at the neighborhood level, and I’m going straight to the federal level, working between parties to open lines of communication; to cut through contention and work with affected parties to find solutions. This is an opportunity to accentuate the shared values that everyone can get behind while finding ways to facilitate greatness in our neighborhoods, towns, and cities – all while having a profound effect on the overall health of our nations.
Whether you’re a service provider, a government official or a concerned constituent who’s facing an uphill battle, check out the video above. If this speaks to you, tell me your story and let’s get to work!