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Policy & Issues Forum 2021


PTuB3 - A Movement Not a Moment: Strengthening the Capacity of Grassroots Advocates


Mar 16, 2021 1:00pm ‐ Mar 16, 2021 2:00pm

Description

Congressional Management Foundation research shows that grasstops advocates (sometimes referred to as "key contacts" or "ambassadors") have a great deal of influence on their policymakers' decisions. A majority of congressional staff in a CMF survey showed "less than 10 emails" would get their attention if they were sent by someone who claimed to represent more constituents (connected to a nonprofit, association, or company in the district/state). While being an ambassador has its advantages, consistently engaging policymakers can be difficult to fit into a grasstops advocate's already busy life. This presentation will teach local advocacy leaders the skills needed for any advocacy operation to be effective; how to find community allies to help advance policy priorities; strategies for mapping connections to policymakers within their personal and professional networks; and how to adjust communications to resonate with any public official.

Learning Objectives:
  • Learn strategies to adjust communications to resonate with any public official.
  • Learn how to grow your network of community allies to help advance policy priorities.
  • Learn strategies for mapping connections to policymakers within personal and professional networks.

Speaker(s):

  • Seth Turner, Director of Citizen Engagement, Congressional Management Foundation

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