I came across a LinkedIn post by Jeff Siegler, he lamented how his community kept asking for support for their various planning, chamber, water, and economic development boards. He felt jilted after submitting responses to these requests for four years, with no response. Obviously, they were going through the motions making it appear they were seeking help, but not really wanting it.
This reminded me of a comment by the visionary business leader Tom Peters, he said, “Community organizing is all about building grassroots support. It’s about identifying the people around you with whom you a create a common, passionate cause. And it is about ignoring the conventional wisdom of community politics and instead playing the game by very different rules.”