Years ago a wise person impressed upon me the truth that funding follows people and ideas. Relationships and clear thinking often combine to create the resources necessary for change and renewal.
Still, this wisdom lacks one other element that, when present, usually seals any deal designed to make things better. Simply put that element is time.
Good ideas and strong friendships or working relationships mature over time. Neither is automatic.
U. S. Navy Admiral Hyman Rickover, father of the "nuclear navy," put it this way:
"Good ideas are not adopted automatically. They must be driven into practice with courageous patience."
Change usually occurs when people are determined to "stay at it."