Grassroots Advocacy Dont Gamble On Your Future 4 23 10


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Grassroots Advocacy Dont Gamble On Your Future 4 23 10

  1. 1. Grassroots Advocacy: Don’t Gamble on Your Future Corky Kyle, MPA, CAE President – The Kyle Group April 23, 2010 CALA Spring Conference – Blackhawk, Co
  2. 2. Good Morning Advocates <ul><li>Welcome to “ Grassroots Advocacy: Don’t Gamble on Your Future” </li></ul><ul><li>I’m Corky Kyle, MPA, CAE, “The Advocacy Guy” </li></ul><ul><li>“ The best way to protect your future is to create it” Peter Drucker </li></ul><ul><li>(1) </li></ul>
  3. 3. Before We Get Started! <ul><li>Program Rules </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Turn off the phone. For the next hour you are not the most important person in the universe </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Bathrooms </li></ul><ul><ul><li>This is most important. They are down the hall. Once you leave the room you are on your own trying to find them. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Lots of Give and Take </li></ul><ul><ul><li>I thrive on questions. Ask lots of them! </li></ul></ul><ul><li>No Monolog – Want Dialog </li></ul><ul><ul><li>I need communication. I need dialog </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Who is the Advocacy Guy? <ul><li>Corky Kyle, MPA, CAE </li></ul><ul><li>29 years as a professional lobbyist </li></ul><ul><li>35+ years of management experience in for profit companies and non-profit associations </li></ul><ul><li>Degrees in Political Science and Public Administration </li></ul><ul><li>Adjunct Professor –Public Administration - Ottawa University </li></ul><ul><li>Published author on Citizen Advocacy and Association Management </li></ul><ul><li>(2) </li></ul>
  5. 5. Will you remember this programs key points? <ul><li>Problem with programs—forget 95% within a week </li></ul><ul><li>Average adult forgets after 60 seconds if it is not written down </li></ul><ul><li>What gets written down gets done! </li></ul><ul><li>Write down everything you want to remember! </li></ul>
  6. 6. Make The Program Sticky for You! <ul><li>Write down the program ideas that apply to your unique advocacy style ! </li></ul><ul><li>Think about your citizen responsibilities and write down the concepts and tools that you can use to enhance and increase your advocacy skills </li></ul><ul><li>Think about who your elected leaders are. What do you need to effectively work with the people you elect. How do you hold them transparent and accountable? </li></ul><ul><li>(3) </li></ul>
  7. 7. THE STAGE
  8. 8. “ Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed individuals can change the world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has” Margaret Mead (4)
  9. 9. Mood of Voters? <ul><li>People feel disfranchised </li></ul><ul><li>Have no say in how they want to be governed </li></ul><ul><li>Elected officials are irresponsible </li></ul><ul><li>Nothing makes sense in the governance of the state and the country </li></ul><ul><li>I have no control of the quality of my life and the health of my business </li></ul><ul><li>Maybe yes, maybe no! Think about it. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Lobbyist <ul><li>“ A lobbyist is the person you hire to protect you from the people you elect!” </li></ul><ul><li>Corky Kyle, CAE </li></ul><ul><li>(5) </li></ul>
  11. 11. What A Lobbyist Does? <ul><li>Enable citizen advocates, associations, and small businesses to directly participate in the political and legislative process </li></ul><ul><li>Builds relationships with legislature and elected officials </li></ul><ul><li>Provide information on issues. Becomes a resource for legislators and elected officials </li></ul><ul><li>Serves as a coach, guide, facilitator in the legislative and political processes for clients </li></ul><ul><li>Control Government </li></ul>
  12. 12. Democracy : Two Parts <ul><li>Political </li></ul><ul><li>Elections </li></ul><ul><li>Selection of Candidates </li></ul><ul><li>Electing Candidates </li></ul><ul><li>Selecting the people to represent us. </li></ul><ul><li>Legitimize their authority by your vote </li></ul><ul><li>Legislative </li></ul><ul><li>Create Public Policy </li></ul><ul><li>Initiate legislation </li></ul><ul><li>Debate legislation </li></ul><ul><li>Pass legislation </li></ul><ul><li>New public policy </li></ul><ul><li>(6) </li></ul>
  13. 13. Results of the Process <ul><li>The people you elect; </li></ul><ul><ul><li>CONTROL THE QUALITY OF YOUR LIVES </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>THE HEALTH OF YOUR BUSINESSES </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>WHY ARE YOU NOT INVOLVED! </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Where the Process Falls Apart <ul><li>November election we all vote. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Feel good about voting. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>We feel good about the act of voting. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>But do we know who we have elected? Who they are and what they represent? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>(7) </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. After the Vote: No Job Descriptions for New Legislators <ul><li>Did you contact the newly elected legislator(s) and invite him/her to come visit and learn about your business? </li></ul><ul><li>Did you build a relationship with your legislators (4 legislators) after the election? </li></ul><ul><li>Did you become a resource for your legislator on issues unique to your industry/profession? </li></ul><ul><li>Did you become your legislators new best friend? </li></ul>
  16. 16. Accountability <ul><li>Constituents are responsible for the results of their legislators </li></ul><ul><li>Constituents have responsibility to hold legislators accountable </li></ul><ul><li>Constituents have responsibility to assure that they are adequately represented </li></ul><ul><li>Voting record on issues tells the story </li></ul><ul><li>Vote them in or out depending on their results </li></ul><ul><li>(8) </li></ul>
  17. 17. Transparency <ul><li>Ask them what they are doing </li></ul><ul><li>What has been their most important issue they are working on? </li></ul><ul><li>Ask them why they supported the issues they did? </li></ul><ul><li>Understand their operating philosophy </li></ul><ul><li>(9) </li></ul>
  18. 18. It is up to You! <ul><li>To know the people you will be electing </li></ul><ul><li>To know the operating philosophy of the candidate. Does it match yours? </li></ul><ul><li>To research the candidate before voting </li></ul><ul><li>To build a working relationship with the legislator </li></ul><ul><li>To train your legislators </li></ul><ul><li>To let them know when they are doing a good job or a bad job. </li></ul><ul><li>You are responsible for the way you want to be governed (10) </li></ul>
  19. 19. Questions
  20. 20. Keep the Training Going <ul><li>Corky Kyle </li></ul><ul><li>President </li></ul><ul><li>The Kyle Group </li></ul><ul><li>Cell: 303-263-5422 </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Follow Me on: </li></ul>1