Coactivity can be compared to driving a four-wheel drive vehicle. Think of your community as the vehicle. If all the components (wheels) are pulling together in the same direction, your community can overcome obstacles and go a long way toward accomplishing its goals.
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One of the four wheels represents you – law enforcement and local government. If we rely on government alone to solve our problems, we won’t cover much ground and may, in fact, find ourselves more deeply bogged down in the muck and mire of lawlessness, neighborhood decay, family instability, and community disorder.
The other three wheels represent the other components of the community – the business sector, the academic sector, the faith-based sector, and the citizens themselves. The Character Cities initiative is a great example of a program that brings all of these community sectors together to work coactively.