I'm disappointed to see all newspaper and nightly news bulletins providing more camera time to opponents and critics of logical, overall beneficial infrastructure projects. Why can't they focus on the positives rather than exaggerate the economic, visual, social and environmental impacts of the negatives which can be negated?
This is what is called an 'own goal'. Most of us are commonsense people, concerned about the happiness of our families and recognizing that economic development and infrastructure progress are in the mix to support this.
So if somebody comes to you with a proposition, explains the pros and cons, then gives you some time to ask questions, be informed and benefit from a genuine conversation you may generally find that you may act against your own immediate, selfish interest for the greater good. You do not go onto the news to moan and groan. As a process, 'genuine engagement' does work, but takes a little time.
Sometimes genuine engagement has to be fought for, because Daleks run the show and when people wake up to this they create noise.
Here, in Skyrail by Daleks, you have a PR campaign, relying on BS 'consultation', half truths and concocted statistics as the 'wings of persuasion.' An absolute BS robocall survey is done which shows that 82% of my nieghbours are in support of Skyrail, which is BS, because we were all in the same hot tub together when the calls were made. Young man, this reminds me of General Westmoreland with his 'bodycount' PR campaign in Vietnam, and we know who ended up winning that one.
Melbourne is "the World's Most Liveable City" as a consequence of the process of genuine, messy,engagement playing out. Robert Risson, who ended up in Murrumbeena, a great suburb, was the irritant who stood up in the 50's and 60's in the fight to preserve trams, when every sensible person wanted them gone. As this is a rail forum, which covers trams, you might say that Melbourne's trams are an iconic and positive part of the Melbourne experience. Thank you Sir Robert. You might not remember Norm Gallagher, of the BLF, who suckled CFMEU babes on his breasts (he could), but the Green Bans preserved some aspects of the city's liveability which even his most morbid enemies might quietly thank him for today.
So don't be afraid of mess and noise, it will make you a better, wiser engineer. When you have gray hair you will learn that 'a stitch in time saves nine'. Be genuine. Most people just want to sit in a rocking chair. But they are not idiots. They trust you. They want to trust you. Don't abuse that, sonny, or miss.
Need more wimmin' in the game, more emotional intelligence.