Just checking, but do we believe in building on what already exists?
I recently came across a report of an event in the county where I live. It feels like (sadly) par for the course not to have heard about this event via local government, but is it not possible to hear of something like this via what describes itself as an alliance? OK I have to admit I myself am not at all good at putting anywhere near enough information in my network profiles, but maybe there's scope for more transparency as regards what members (arguably prominent members?) of an alliance get up to?
Whilst it was good to see something about community within other stuff (on the event programme), and I realise it may have been said, but not reported, but if an organisation offers to flog a service to local government, without there being any mention of checking to see if any stuff already exists, it might not end up feeling very much like much of an alliance.
Some times people start stuff that's small, fragile, unconfident, and wouldn't want to go within a million miles of best practice type lists. But I for one believe that doesn't mean such stuff has nothing to offer. Without expecting anything whatsoever from local government it would just be nice to know that they knew at the very least that we existed. (end of rant...)