There is immense potential energy in the GND, a concentration of social attention and intensity. But converting that heat to power to real results on the ground will involve a great deal of political and policy engineering, almost all of which lies ahead.

We are putting real results on the ground. The challenge is to get the GND activists to recognize it. I have seen this pattern too many times where neophytes, full of passion but lacking in knowledge and experience, lead right on past the solutions that they seek.

You never change things by fighting the existing reality.
To change something, build a new model that makes the old model obsolete.
R. Buckminster Fuller