BREAKING THE NIMBY LAW OF ATTRACTION

 

NIMBY law of attraction motivates citizens living within the community-at-large to mobilize against a corporation for the purposes of delaying, disrupting and defeating high-profile, multi-million dollar land use projects.

This phenomena is infamously known as NIMBY (Not-In-My-Back-Yard), where vocal opposition successfully attack multi-national, multi-billion dollar corporations to protect the status quo from new sustainable development.

NIMBY uprisings are no stranger to the real estate and land development community.  Unfortunately, it happens more often than many realize, and the staggering evidence is hiding in plain sight:

Every year, thousands of projects are ensnared in the web of community conflict over controversial projects that are characterized in the media as David vs. Goliath.

Every year, thousands of part-time elected officials side with angry residents, to vote against legal and sustainable land use projects – especially during election years.

Every year, our economy loses billions of dollars in investment capital, economic growth and jobs to angry residents who defeat sustainable projects with no budget, no lawyers, no office space, and no PR consultants (this is changing, however, due to DC interest groups).

3 Signs of NIMBY Law of Attraction

One, if not all three of these signs, indicates a NIMBY Law of Attraction has latched onto your project:

Public hearings that turn into Jerry Springer episodes is the first sign.  Too often, applicants become deer in the headlights when they’re unexpectedly ambushed by local residents resulting in project delays and negative publicity that emboldens the opposition, while antagonizing the elected body.

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Sign number two is when the mayor or public official asks the applicant to host a town hall meeting to educate the public.  This request usually stems from mounting pressure elected officials are feeling from a few dozen calls and emails, or when city hall is overrun by angry neighbors. This is an indication that the elected body is lacking social confidence in corporate developers and their application.  When this occurs, the opposition has secured the political and strategic high grounds, resulting in 9 out of 10 town hall meetings turning into media spectacles.

The third sign that your project is experiencing a NIMBY Law of Attraction is when elected officials privately tell you that they support the project, but they’re unable to support it publicly.  At least not until the political environment is much more conducive to risking their political capital.  In most cases, the political environment only gets worse until the project is withdrawn or voted down.

Breaking the NIMBY Law of Attraction

Breaking the NIMBY Law of Attraction begins with understanding that corporate developers who ignore, overlook or underestimate the community-at-large, the same community that grants the license to operate, is essentially increasing the risk of NIMBY opposition.

Put another way, every community has a NIMBY sleeper cell potential of residents and activists who are ready to mobilize opposition to any project. When a corporate applicant fails to implement a stakeholder assessment and community engagement element to their strategy, they’re essentially forfeiting the high ground, emboldening lone individuals (or DC-centric special interests) to mobilize, frame and drive the impending crisis.

No one wants to see their sustainable project put in the crosshairs of a NIMBY campaign.  Granted, not every project is opposed, but in reality, the odds are stacked against corporations attempting to secure land use and zoning changes for high profile, high stakes projects.

The NIMBY Law of Attraction is an equal opportunity risk factor.  Meaning, industries and projects spanning infill, mixed use, energy, residential, retail, industrial and commercial suffer the same consequences when the community-at-large is ignored or worst yet, alienated.

Corporate leaders and their representatives at the local level, should understand that the risks of ignoring the community-at-large is equivalent to rolling the dice on millions of dollars of investments, shareholder value and future market share.

By the time a sustainable project sees the signs of NIMBY Law Attraction, then it has become a costly crisis that has put the applicant on the defensive.

THE GOOD NEWS

The good news is that 80 percent of those projects that were delayed, disrupted or defeated by angry opponents could have had a more successful outcome had corporate developers taken proactive community outreach steps to reduce the risks of attracting community opposition.

The bottom line is corporate developers and their representatives have more control over the fate of their sustainable projects.  It’s a matter of choosing low risk and low investment of stakeholder engagement, or rolling the dice, hoping the NIMBY Law of Attraction will somehow not target your project.

The latter has been the popular business model, which has always played into the hands of those who are at the ready to attack city hall with their smartphones and Facebook pages.

The irony is corporate developers ask communities to accept change, but they’re not willing to change their business models in order to locate and educate the very same community influencers who are asked to support their multi-million dollar projects.

Those moments of decisions are when the NIMBY Law of Attraction is determined.

Will you generate the next NIMBY Law of Attraction for your project?

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Patrick Slevin is one of few national speakers and consultants considered a “NIMBY Expert”.  Mr. Slevin is a former Florida mayor, who for three decades has spoken, consulted, and written about mitigating the risks associated with status quo opposition.  Mr. Slevin’s entertaining presentations empower corporate executives on “how to” win political and community support for controversial projects. 

Learn more about Patrick and SL7 Consulting at www.PatrickSlevin.com.  If you’re interested in Patrick as your speaker or consultant, please email him for more information and to set up a call:  P.SL7@patrickslevin.com

GIVE PERCEPTION THE STINK EYE

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Which came first reality or perception?

If you answered perception came first, because “perception is reality”, then give yourself a cigar for being duped by a superficial world.

The superficial world wants us to fail. It’s persistently trying to influence how we perceive it with a “what you see, is what you get” construct.  It wants to distract us, with illusions to lull enterprising individuals, organizations and societies into self-induced silos of “ignorance is bliss” apathy and “mind’s eye” atrophy.

The world doesn’t want us to change, but instead to embrace the “devil we know” illusions known as the status quo mindset.

When it comes to changing the world for the better, it’s a matter of you choosing whether to let the world define you or you defining yourself in the world. This is the key.

This explains why over the ages every great idea, cause and invention, was initially rejected and scorned.  How many times have we heard from successful entrepreneurs not to give up? To ignore rejection and to persevere over the naysayers.

We need to give perception the stink eye to develop a new perspective that shifts to a clearer vision of reality that goes beyond face value.  When we achieve a deeper sense of self, we have the power to become agents of change.

But how do we reboot our perspectives that are plugged into a hostile world that wants to keep us down?

Plato gives the ultimate reality check by taking us into a deep, dark cave.

The Greek Philosopher Plato knew how the shadows of the false world were perceived as reality.  These shadows were powerful, imprisoning not only people, but organizations and societies.  Plato wrote in his Allegory of the Cave, humanity was imprisoned in a dark cave, chained in such a way that they could only face forward.  Behind the prisoners, and outside their field of vision, was a blazing fire that would cast the shadows of the sensible world on the cave walls before them.

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These shadows represented perceptions manufactured by the materialistic world, and humanity accepted them as reality. The story goes on to tell a prisoner freeing himself, climbing to the mouth of the cave, to be blinded by the light.

When the enlightened person went back into the cave to share his epiphany, the person was nearly killed for trying to change the perceptions that society believed as reality.

There are countless examples of false shadows misleading humankind such as the world was flat or the world was at the center of the universe.

Science has confirmed Plato’s take on reality that the world isn’t what we have been led to perceive and believe.

Quantum physicists have determined that over 96 percent of matter in the universe is missing. We only experience four percent of the known universe with our senses.

Physicists have also discovered that particles of matter change behavior when someone observes them.  Therefore, mind over matter has merit.

Positive thinking guru Napoleon Hill knew how to change the world nearly 100 years ago with his construct, “What the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.”

Reality is what you make of it: It’s relative, it’s intrinsic and it originates at a conscious level.

When it comes to changing the world for the better, it’s a matter of you choosing whether to let the world define you or you defining yourself in the world. This is the key.

The reality that we hold within our minds, not only determines how we perceive the world, but also how we construct the world “out there”.

So adjust your eyes from being receivers of false realities to projectors manifesting and changing a world according to your desired reality of success.

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Patrick Slevin is a nationally recognized persuasion consultant, retained to accomplish one goal – Communicating the Truth. He has changed the minds of millions of people on behalf of corporations, special interests and campaigns.  

Find out how he’s Changing Minds at the Speed of Perception!™  by connecting with him on LinkedIn or go to www.PatrickSlevin.com.

 

The Reality of Death

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Last weekend, I spent most of my Saturday in a FL hospice with a man that I had only met one time before. He died early the next morning. He died with loved ones comforting him as he struggled to stay alive to the very end.

Death awaits us all. How you face death depends on how you face life. The more you allow yourself to be distracted by the illusions of the world, the harder your death will be. Death strips away the illusions that deceive us from knowing the truth about this world and ourselves in this world.

One of the secrets of life is realizing the truth during our life’s journey. To find the truth, you must have the character in place to handle and discern the realities of what’s wrong and what’s right. More importantly, having the faith and courage to do the right thing every time.

The illusions of the secular world help justify the wrongs, and in many cases redefine the wrongs into warped realities of right. Ex: Burning the American flag. It’s your legal right, but it still doesn’t make it right.

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What do you see when you look in the mirror? When death comes calling, you will see your reflection. However, you won’t see the facade of your body, but rather the reflection of your character. Will you be satisfied or will you be struggling? I’ve witnessed many deaths, enough to say you don’t want to be struggling.

Death sucks, but how we die is determined by how we developed our personal relationship with God. Blaming God for the wrongs of this world is a self-imposed illusion. Don’t fall for it. God loves me, you and humankind. He created us in His image and it’s that image that we must strive to reflect in the mirror of life and the mirror of death.

Patrick Slevin is The Reality is Perception Expert™. Mr. Slevin is a special projects consultant working with corporate clients and special interests in altering and affirming the perceptions of stakeholders who impact their bottom line realities. For more information go to www.PatrickSlevin.com.