With the hope of fostering greater long-term viability, some organizations are attempting to infuse new relevancy into their conventions and conferences by finding partner groups to create joint events with.
There are times when advocacy work can feel like rolling a giant boulder up a hill. But what if you had dozens, or even hundreds of other hands helping you push that rock? You might actually make it to the top.
That’s the power of an advocacy coalition.
How much work do you do in the states?
In the last session, Congress passed 352 bills and resolutions. In that same period, state lawmakers passed more than 45,000. And there’s no sign that will let up anytime soon. State lawmakers have already passed more than 30,000 pieces of legislation this year. And legislative sessions begin again in January.
If you are not advocating in the states, you are missing opportunities. But you can learn how to improve your game at the state level. The Goddard Gunster Institute and CQ Roll Call seminar Dec. 10 can help you get active on state legislation and assemble a truly nationwide program. All it costs is $475 and a day of your time.
Paul Schmitz was the former social innovation advisor to the White House, before taking the helm at Public Allies, a leadership development program that helped more than 5,000 young adults from diverse backgrounds. Recently, he launched Leading Inside Out, an organization that advises philanthropic and nonprofit organizations. Here he offers six tips for building grassroots success.
Neil Seldman founded the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) in 1973. The Institute works with local communities and governments to help interject sustainability, innovation and community collaboration into the implementation of local policies and laws.
We sat down with him to discuss grassroots advocacy.
For all of you who track your issues across the state legislatures, our 2016 state legislative session calendar is now ready for download.
- Convene and adjourn dates for all 50 states
- Governor and legislature party control/affiliation
- Estimated bill volume
Tack it up at your desk. Happy tracking!
In their rush to get issues or projects before Congress and federal agencies, lobbyists and their clients sometimes overlook important details of their working relationship, which may later adversely impact their advocacy efforts and compatibility to keep working together.
Throughout my career, I have learned what clients and lobbyists must understand and address with one another before they start a lobbying campaign together.
Here are 10 things to consider before you hit the halls of Congress:
Washington is taking quite a bashing these days. From the presidential debates to editorial pages, many people project a clichéd image that does not square with the community I know.
Many of us earn our livelihoods trying to influence public policy and public opinion.