Bang The Table to Motivate Citizen Engagement – Matt Crozier

 
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What does citizen engagement look like in your city or town? Is it people yelling at each other in a 6 pm meeting when most of the sane people are at home having dinner? Why does it seem like only the angriest people show up? My guest today has a solution that makes public participation more palatable, more accessible, and more enjoyable for the average person. That means valuable information from a wider swath of the population. And for those of you thinking that means more angry responses, you may be surprised to hear what happens when you take engagement online.

Matt Crozier and  founded Bang the Table with Crispin Butteriss in Australia in 2007.  Through Bang The Table, Matt has connected with millions of people on behalf of hundreds of clients in Australia, New Zealand, the UK, Canada and the USA. Matt brought Bang the Table to the US last year.

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7 Ways to Jumpstart your Profitability and Impact

This episode is all focused on forward motion – 7 ways to jumpstart profitability and impact.

1. Grasp the relationship between profit and impact

2. Identify your money demons and get rid of your head junk

3. Don’t mix business and pleasure

4. Set up a solid accounting system and don’t let the pretty software fool you

5. Get help when you need it

6. Read and implement Profit First

7. Set up an impact account

And the Takeaway: Those who do good and those who make money should be one and the same. Money isn’t evil, it’s just something that we use to keep track of how much we work and how much we consume. We all need it because we all need food and security. 

Not making money is not an option for most people. How we make money, however, can be a choice. Do you just bring home a paycheck, or do you labor to make a positive difference in the world? 

Whether we make enough money to sustain our impact can also be a choice. This one is trickier. This one can involve some self-imposed voodoo mind control and rewriting the myths that hold you back.

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Why You Must Make a Profit to Make and Impact and Why Profit is Not a Dirty Word: Part 1 Money Myths

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The forces of good and profit

I was raised on the idea that the world is divided into two camps: those who do good, and those who make money.  This idea causes great harm.

Why do we, as a society, ask people that dedicate their lives to doing some of the most noble work, to do it at a severe discount? How can you be expected to make an impact in the world when you are struggling to support yourself and your family?

To make a positive impact your own financial house must be in order. You can’t save the world if you’re broke. Take the sage advice of flight attendants everywhere and put on your oxygen mask before helping starving children in Africa…or fixing a city…or building a cathedral…or saving the environment…or building a business.

Fix your finances first. Take your profit first. And don’t feel guilty about it. This approach isn’t selfish. This approach will ensure that you can apply your energy and talents to the cause that you care about in perpetuity.

The famous idiom coined by Benjamin Franklin implores the profiteer to “do well by doing good.”  Indeed, those whose mission is first and foremost to make money would be wise to consider their impact.  But what about those of us who start with impact? I want to flip the idiom and implore idealists to do good by doing well. And I want to be clear about what this means. Doing well is not just about making more money; it is about fiscal health, financial health, and organizational health. It’s about efficiency and effectiveness. It’s about getting paid what you are worth, but also minimizing organizational dysfunction and taking pride and providing deep value in the work that you do.

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Love Where You Live - Peter Kageyama

 

There is an important role for unsanctioned city building.  Pillow fights, illegal signs, anti-establishment restaurants -- Peter Kageyama argues that the silly, nonsensical, and weird are what make cities not only livable, but loveable. He even advocates for a little rule-breaking to get the job done.

Peter is the author of For the Love of Cities: The Love Affair Between People and Their Places and the follow up, Love Where You Live: Creating Emotionally Engaging Places. He is an internationally sought-after speaker and consultant with expertise in community development and grassroots engagement strategy.

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