I was probably a little bit naive, but it came as a surprise.
I have a passion for our Birmingham region and I thought I was doing a good deed.
I’m not running for office and as best I can tell, I’m not benefiting financially. If anyone has any money making ideas, please let me know. :)
Our government structure is a mess
The City of Birmingham represents only 19% of our metro. There are 37 cities in Jefferson County. County Commissioners represent a single district (no one commissioner is accountable for our County). We can’t hold our County Commissioners responsible because they are controlled by the State Legislature (State Constitution).
Our political and corporate leadership try to fix the symptoms: bankruptcy, education, health care, public transportation, but they can’t win. No one’s in charge.
We are told we are not allowed to discuss, because the problem is impossible to fix.
The most valid criticism I receive
I’ve been criticized for having secret motives. I’ve been accused of favoring the City of Birmingham–being against the City of Birmingham; favoring rich people, poor people, white people, black people.
But there may be one criticism that may be valid: “I’m not offering a concrete solution.” And this makes people unhappy with me.
I feel the decision making process should look like this…and in this order:
• Define the problem
• Generate solutions
• Pick a solution
• Implement that solution
• Measure the outcome and adjust accordingly
We must define the problem first and unless we all agree that our government structure is the problem, it makes no sense to generate solutions. And, quite frankly, most people haven’t figured out that poor government structure is the root cause of our problems.
The solution(s) should come after enough people agree that our government structure needs to be changed.
What do you think?
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David Sher is a partner in Buzz12 Marketing and co-CEO of AmSher Receivables Management. He’s past Chairman of the Birmingham Regional Chamber of Commerce (BBA), Operation New Birmingham (ONB), and the City Action Partnership (CAP).