Infrastructure decisions should rest in the hands of its people
Local governments provide many services to the community including infrastructure in the form of buildings, recreational facilities and public amenities. Governments often have long-term plans to maintain and improve existing facilities, but this often lag behind community expectations.
Funding for infrastructure is usually provided on a priority basis, hopefully, linked to the aspirations of the community. Members of the community, sporting clubs or others may wish to improve local facilities and seek council approval or assistance to proceed with a project.
Never lose sight of the fact that old infrastructure can be re-purposed. These old silos could be used for housing, shops, many things to improve the available infrastructure in a smaller community inexpensively.
It is people working together which builds better communities faster.
There may also be opportunities for grants and funding options to support the acceleration of projects. While projects will range in complexity and size and the local government has developed a system to help streamline, prioritise and categorise requests, there needs to be excellent communication between the local government and the community to circumvent discontent and community struggles.
The pain residents feel and have to live with is often entirely different to the local politicians and bureaucrats, mainly if the actual local government runs from a remote centre.
The best catalyst is to start creating conversations about the community problems and frustrations, the community assets and inhibits entrepreneurship, innovation and support for start-up, home-based and micro businesses. It can quickly lead to more practical and useful training and job prospects.
Infrastructure improvements require entrepreneurial participation
Without significant capital expenditure, growth and business prosperity can only come about through increasing entrepreneurial participation. Applying some new thinking to old ways, so the community can better meet the challenges, is always a better way to shape a community’s destiny.
As protectionist barriers collapse and free trade agreements emerge around the world, everyone is stepping up to find new opportunities for growth in their businesses and communities. Local consumers are benefiting from the broader choices now available.
On the downside communities and their businesses suddenly find competition is intensifying with an overwhelming array of new competitors, with unheard of new products. They could well be targeting your community and its customers while you are reading this book. Today there is no room for complacency in any aspect of your community’s life.
Often the very survival of some communities is at stake as their industries and businesses struggle to survive under the intensifying pressure of disruptive technology coupled with the intensifying competition. This is particularly so if there is poor dysfunctional infrastructur.e
The people often understand new infrastructure when changes are introduced, but not what it means for their day to day work. As a result, they cannot help to make the proposed changes a reality. Instead, they dissipate their energy by behaving in unproductive ways and sometimes contradictory ways.
Stress is the disease of the 21st century amidst the impact of globalisation and the disruptions of modern technologies. While people have always experienced stress, it now seems to be reaching epidemic proportions leading to mental illness.
Thre is a need to improve infrastructure communications
Community changes cause stress because it introduces uncertainty. People are no longer sure they can meet the new challenges. In the changed circumstances, they may not even be sure they understand what is expected of them. It can trigger fear they will ‘fail’ and result in a feeling of being overwhelmed, allowing extreme stress reactions to develop.
Open communications about the need for infrastructure change is necessary. A process involving individuals in setting goals and determining how they will achieve their goals and drive the objectives of the community. Communications should give rise to a spirit of cooperation and positive achievement.
In our fast-moving world where you innovate daily to sustain the pace of marketplace change, your ability to create a community culture which inspires challenges and draws out the spirit is central to survival.
Everyone in a community deserves the opportunity to be the best they can be. Unfortunately, many will lack the infrastructure to realise their real potential. We have to change people’s fundamental approach, with well-targeted practical training workshops and webinars. Bear in mind, technology is changing the face of everything, including the way we learn. There is little value in training people on anything if it does not immediately relate to their problems, frustrations, wants and needs.
We are already in a knowledge-based world, whether you like it or not. Change is an everyday occurrence and a set of strategies for achievement of what is wanted is essential to success, even survival.
Young people need to know what is possible and knowledge must be passed on.
Advisors will bring objectivity and perspective to infrastructure developments
No longer can we go to our place of business on autopilot. We can’t expect everything will work out and we will be okay. We need to challenge prejudices and assumptions and start to build better infrastructure which will be suitable for the future.
You alone are responsible for how your life turns out. By comparing your community’s infrastructure (Benchmarking) with those of highly successful communities your overall infrastructure can be improved.
As a community facilitator, have you ever had an occasion where your level of performance has been extraordinary. Almost effortless, where nothing can stop you or hold you back. Aim to reach a state of peak performance focused on developing infrastructure innovation. Use technology in identifying practical possibilities for infrastructure improvements along with marketing and management skills.
Imagine if you could recreate an environment where you could tap into sources for additional infrastructure. It would have a profound impact as you harnessed the commitment to make a quantum leap.
“Much of the stress that people feel doesn’t come from having too much to do. It comes from not finishing what they have started”. David Allen
“There is a huge need and a huge opportunity to get everyone in the world connected. To give everyone a voice and to help transform society for the future. The scale of the technology and infrastructure that must be built is unprecedented. We believe this is the most important problem we can focus on”. Mark Zuckerberg