Recently, I read the minutes of a community group that I've been involved with for several years. Board members come and go, topics arise and are addressed, and the group moves on. On one level, the minutes are boring recitations of treasurer's reports, motions made, motions seconded, and votes taken.
On another level, however, the minutes are an illustration of citizen initiative and decentralized power. A diverse group of people with a common unifying interest has regularly built upon the earlier work of other citizens; a process that, in this particular case, has been going on since 1864. They may not be efficient because there are other demands on their time, but via the power of the incremental and the efforts of folks who sacrifice evenings and beaver away at projects, they eventually get things done.
Boring? Sure, but also very impressive.