Jason Roberts TED Talk
It’s a little long, but the dude talks quickly so it’s easy to stay engaged, especially when his story is so amusing. The gist of it is that Roberts and his friends decided that instead of going through all the tedious regulations and getting permission from the city to change where they live for the better, they would just go ahead and do it themselves. It started with a lot of bike initiatives (lanes, art, etc.) and they always seem to incorporate bikes or some form of alternative transportation into their plans. Surprisingly, they almost always work and even establish permanent solutions to areas that were once abandoned and unused. There are some great lessons to be learned here. Take the time to watch the whole thing.