First, people won’t work to solve a problem that they don’t think affects them, that they don’t think is theirs. If you see a problem as someone else’s or can convince yourself that it is the other guy’s problem, you think they should work on the solution. I don’t have to; it is your problem you fix it.
Second, people don’t care about the problem. Granted a number of folks just don’t care about much of anything, but his doesn’t mean they are all uncaring people. Many have enough other problems that they don’t have room on their plate for something else to “care about”. When you are scrambling to get food on the table and a roof over your head, you may not “care” about violence outside your house.
Third, if people do not know what works they get overwhelmed thinking of or trying a solution and may quit. We need to put proof that there are solutions that work in the hands of the folks who can and will work toward a solution. The proof must be real and fact-based, not anecdotal. In the case of community violence, there is very good evidence that CeaseFire and it violence interrupters and other interventions work and should be in widespread usage.
To get the community together on working to address/solve community problems we must show them that it affects them, tell them why they should care, and show them what works for a solution. We can work together for community solutions and community healing of a wide range of problems. Community problems can only be solved on a community basis.
Not that it has a much to do with the forgoing, but I have been wanting to share a quote I caught from Bill Murray on TV a while back:
It is not about doing the right thing; it is about doing the next thing right.