Citizens frequently leap to prescriptive regulation as the solution. However, history has shown that while regulation can be effective, it can also at the outset generate anger and conflict. If communities begin with actions such as education and demonstration of quieter technologies and alternative solutions, consensus can be generated that will make passage of regulation far easier.

Communities should also have a clear understanding of their choices in regulatory design, or they may end up with ineffective programs.

Quiet Empowerment will help decision-makers, citizens, and thought leaders formulate collaborative, constructive solutions that can stand the test of time.