How can we represent our interests, now that our organization has been replaced?

After the City passed an ordinance, a neighborhood district council discovered it would be replaced by a Community Involvement Commission, thereby losing its identity and influence. The district council wanted help in conducting an important dialog about its future: how to preserve valuable and long-standing relationships between the council and its community, and how to influence the City under the new structure.


Downtown District Council, Seattle: This neighborhood Council consists of 14 member organizations representing the geographic areas of Belltown, Chinatown/International District, Commercial Core, Denny Triangle, and Pioneer Square in the city of Seattle, WA. This body has since been replaced by a different structure.


  • Developed a half-day meeting agenda on short notice
  • Facilitated the meeting among participating member organizations and recorded notes
  • Delivered summary notes on actions, agreements, and decisions


  • Council members sorted and clarified their best opportunities for continued influence and action
  • Council members identified near-term action steps