Context and Perspective

Roger is a city manager for a medium-sized but steadily growing city. The city has limited resources, and like most municipalities, there are more needs than there are resources. He feels like the citizens in the community are fairly active in various community organizations and believes that he may be able to get a number of groups to work together to meet some of the needs in the community. He knows there are churches, social clubs, hobby enthusiasts, and other types of groups in the community. What he doesn’t know is if there are connections between the groups that might enable natural collaborations between two or more groups that could work together on projects around town. He decides that before he can begin asking community organizations to begin working together and to accept responsibility for projects, he needs to find out if there are any existing associations between the different types of groups in the area.