Mine-Scarred Lands Initiative Tool Kit: Building a Core Project Team
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The demonstration projects have shown that establishing core project teams can foster innovative thinking and maintain momentum for a project over the long amount of time it takes to revitalize former mine sites. There is no single formula for building the right core project team. In some communities, a project team developed naturally among people focusing on a problem of common concern. In others, a visionary project leader engaged community members and other stakeholders in a specific revitalization vision. Some considerations learned through the projects include:
Seek members with varied skills and expertise
Having a team with varied skills and expertise (e.g., technical, leadership, communication, education) contributes to successful decision making.
Establish a sense of need and direction
Teams with a common understanding of their goals and the various roles of team members are more likely to be successful.
Utilize natural leaders
During many projects, a project leader emerged as the community assembled their core team. These leaders often have status in the community and can become the "face" of the project. Effective leaders are able to communicate, generate enthusiasm for the project, engage volunteers and delegate responsibility efficiently.
Some communities have identified a coordinator to ensure that mining revitalization activities stay on track and that partners are engaged in the right actions at the right time. This person is often the project leader, but does not have to be.