I suspect activist burn-out is inevitable if one doesn't finally stop b&$%ing and start going after opportunities to cooperate. I am trying to find documented examples of successful collaboration between activists or NIMBYs and developers, ideally happening outside Town Hall for the most part. I have read studies of successful charrette processes in cities, but would really like to find smaller-scale examples. I am imagining a process like this: 1. A developer brings a project concept to a public town meeting and is discouraged at its reception. 2. A group of worried citizens gathers to brainstorm about fighting the project. 3. As an alternative to hiring a lawyer, the group is convinced to consider negotiating with the developer. 4. Some or all members of the group make true commitments to avoid contention and seek constructive discussion with the developer. 5. The group admits some form of the project will go forward and haggles to consensus on what would make it minimally acceptable. 6. A representative is chosen to contact the developer and offer to have a work meeting about the project, with the assurance that only citizens who have committed to cooperation will attend. And 7. [here's where I begin to wonder about my sanity:] The developer agrees, realizing that, not only will letting these pesky people think they have some say get him his approval more easily, but that they actually have a variety of useful skills and local knowledge, and might add something to improve the project. Any comments, stories, links (even, I suppose, if discouraging)?