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Going Beyond Basic Advocacy

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    • Advocacy 301
      Next Steps in System Change
      Fighting for LTC Reform at the Michigan Capitol
    • Limits of Basic Advocacy
      Laws are limits on change
      Complaintsonly deal with rules violations
      Risk of turning over your future to an Administrative Law Judge
      Money is always scarce
      Money always goes to stupid purposes
      Money is always already committed to something else
      Policies are never clear and true
    • What Else Can I Do?
      Negotiation
      Technology
      Social Networking
      How to Deal with Charisma and Power
      Organizing our organizations
      Strategy
    • Negotiation
      Negotiate from values, not positions
      Use mediation techniques
      Don’t humiliate an opponent, ever, no matter how tempting
      Don’t make decisions if you are afraid or angry-take a break and calm down.
      Understand the meaning of BATNA
      Precedent (control) and cost are the levers
    • Technology
      Assistive Technology has great potential for ourCommunity
      Get Broadband! And Learn Tech!
      Useful computers are dropping below $300
      Video conferencing is becoming very cheap and easy
      Tech infrastructure is necessary for social networking
    • Social networking
      Blogs: We don’t write enough!
      Twitter: Status and passing on links
      Finding articles, ideas, and cutting edge advocacy info: Blogbridge
      Facebook
      Aggregators:
      Digsby
      Ping.fm
      Peoplebrowser
    • Charisma and Power
      Double-Edged swords
      Shared Attention: key organizing tool
      Gossip and humor: power balancing tools
      Art of Getting Things Done: People driven by
      Power
      Achievement
      Affiliation
      You need people driven by each and all
    • Organizing Our Organizations
      Organizations are created and maintained by using tools of cooperation
      The Tools of Cooperation fall into 4 categories:
      Leadership
      Culture
      Management
      Power
      Which tools to use depends on consensus about:
      Reality
      Goals
    • Leadership Tools
      Low consensus on reality; high consensus on goals
      Charisma
      Vision
      Role modeling
      Salesmanship
      The Tools create consensus on reality
    • Culture Tools
      High consensus on reality and goals
      Folklore
      Religion
      Rituals
      Democracy
      Tradition
      Apprenticeship
      Culture maintains and expands consensus
    • Mangement Tools
      High consensus on reality; low consensus on goals
      Measurement systems
      Standard operation procedures
      Training
      Performance appraisals
      Tools build consensus on goals
    • Power Tools
      Low consensus on reality and goals
      Role definitions
      Hiring and promotion
      Fiat
      Control systems
      Threats
      Coercion
      Tools build consensus through Force
    • Separation into New organizations
      Can’t reach a consensus on course of action
      No one has the power to coerce cooperation
      You need to divide the conflicted groups into separate organizations with high consensus in each group
      Think of the separate organizations as different tools for dealing with future change, not different religions
    • The Future of OurOrganizations
      Most are Driven by Culture right now
      Common Training
      Common beliefs about oppression
      Common personal interests
      Success will bring with it requirements for management tools
      As resources and power accumulate, success will also bring conflicts over goals and reality
    • Responding to Cultural “Drift”
      Re-engagement with oppression
      Build management tool sets within ourcommunity
      Acknowledge the right to “pass” as a form of separation
      Accept and work with a diversityof organizations on the continuum of activism
      Take an “Evolutionary” approach to change
    • Strategy
      Four levels of Planning and Action:
      Tactics: concrete accomplishment of local goal
      Operations: integrated accomplishment of many tactical goals
      Strategy: Overall Outcome
      Grand Strategy: How our values and culture drive what we consider to be good Outcomes
      We don’t get good at them in this order
    • Development of Strategy Skills
      First we get good at Tactics
      Then we run into a resource constraint, and have to come up with a strategy (very important and dangerous decision)
      Then we integrate the strategy and our tactical skills to create operations
      Grand Strategy is often unconscious and contains contradictions
    • Tools of Strategy
      First Develop Consensus Around Vision!!!
      SWOT Analysis
      Strengths
      Weaknesses
      Opportunities
      Threats
      These days, keep it down to one to two years
    • Scenario Planning and strategy
      Develop Possible Futures
      Best Future under current circumstances
      Worst Future under current circumstance
      Oddest Future under current circumstances
      These are NOT predictions, but possibilities
      Build your strategy so you do well under all three
      As change occurs, tweak scenarios and strategy
    • The Strategic conversation
      Talk about your future a lot
      Don’t fall into the trap of believing that the organizations most like you are your competitors. Your competitors are those with very different values from you who are using scarce funds for other goals
      Everyone scans the environment for information useful to your organization
    • Soul Resources
      Two sides of the advocacy coin:
      Fire: Being a warrior
      Spirit: Being a saint
      Your quality as an advocate will depend on how well you integrate these two very different people in your one personality
      Two books to help:
      The 33 Strategies of War
      Nonprofit Stewardship
      Only You can integrate these capabilities
    • Web Resources
      Telling your story can be powerful advocacy:http://cogdogroo.wikispaces.com/StoryTools
      Maps can be powerful communication tools:http://www.policymap.com/map
      Free High End Project Manager:http://gantter.com/
      All Things Business, Change, Information, etc.:http://www.brint.com/
    • My Resources
      My Twitter Account: mdrcngd
      My Blogs:
      The Recovering Life
      LTC Reform
      Communities of Power
      Universal Education
      MDRC Website: http://www.copower.org/
      Linkedin Profile: http://bit.ly/s1mS
      Email: ndelisle@prosynergy.org
      Download This Presentation: http://bit.ly/gCm16
      Comment on this Presentation
    • Final Thoughts
      "An invasion of armies can be resisted, but not an idea whose time has come.“- Victor Hugo
      "Real change always entails the redistribution of power."- Peter Block
      "You've got to think about "big things" while you're doing small things so the small things go in the right direction."- Alvin Toffler
      "Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them?”- Abraham Lincoln