Let’s fix the things we can: Lessons from Memphis and Nashville

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So much that happens in our world today seems so far from our control.

I am not referring to natural disasters – hurricanes, tsunamis, floods – but the human-made problems that are so within the realm of human solving. Sometimes even the relevant authorities do not help us.

Take the paralysis in Congress:

Elected officials afraid to touch the epidemic of gun mass murders, unwilling to make even insanely powerful military firearms harder to buy. Instead, when children and adults are savagely slaughtered, all we read are regretful “thoughts and prayers” but we see no action.

In my experience, the most powerful responses to many social problems are those that come about city-by-city, where collaboration engenders deep buy-in across interest groups.

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