A Systems Theory approach allows civic leaders & mediators alike to engage in effective, mutually-accountable consensus building. A vital initial step is to develop a framework to promote a unified vision in such a manner where all parties are allowed to offer creative solutions. When all participants contribute towards a community’s vision or solving a conflict, commitment is at a maximum and both individual and group transform each other.
A unifying vision when it stems from realistic optimism provides an image for a more desirable community. As Peter Block (1987) explains, “A vision statement is an expression of hope, and if we have no hope, it is hard to create a vision” (p. 107).