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Dialing for Citizens

up on the phone trees in an instant. But they don’t. End of excerpt … Otis White continues by describing how to organize an effective phone tree, and some things to watch out for.  …

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Gaining Legitimacy

With local power structures breaking down, Otis White examines how commissioners and other public officials can gain “legitimacy” in the eyes of the public….

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Should You Run?

Have you considered running for office after finishing your service as a planning commissioner or zoning board member? Otis White, consultant to local governments and corporations on community involvement and civic leadership, explores what questions…

Making a Difference

Making a Difference

How much of a difference can one planning commissioner make? Quite a bit, as Otis White explains in this story about a county planning commissioner from Oregon….

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Winning a Community Over to New Ideas

and instituting a whole new way of judging proposed developments. He did this in three ways: by presenting his ideas so convincingly that it calmed what might otherwise have been a furious opposition; by bringing…

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Getting Power by Giving It Away

Read an excerpt from this article below. You can download the full article by using the link at the end of the excerpt. Delray Beach is a small city on Florida’s Atlantic coast, not far…

Our Contributing Writers

Our Contributing Writers

…Braun; Gwendolyn Hallsmith; Otis White; Randall Arendt; Ilene Watson; and the late Jack McCall. You can find their articles by entering their names in the Search field on the upper right portion of the page….