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Tips for Neighborhood Meetings

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  1. Give everyone a chance to speak, and keep a list of all the issues they raise.

  2. Invite a representative of the town or city government to attend your meeting to tell you what kinds of solutions are already in the works and what kinds of solutions are possible.

  3. Ask your neighbors for their suggestions for ways to address the problems in your community.

  4. Gather facts! This may be the most important thing you can do.

    • Find out all you can about the issue, from all points of view.

    • Determine who would be affected by a change, so you can plot your strategy accordingly.

    • Find out if there are any programs or funding options to implement your solutions, from your local government or local businesses.

    • Ask for volunteers among your neighbors to do this fact-gathering - get them all involved in the process so they'll have a stake in the outcome.

    • Present all the facts to your neighborhood group, and make sure everyone understands them.

  5. Build consensus on a course of action. Write down what you decide to do, and keep track of who will do what.

  6. Meet regularly to keep everyone up-to-date on progress.
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