Advocacy Workshop Details: April 22, 2013
Wellstone Action Workshops
Leadership Development Leadership development is hugely important to building a progressive community that can WIN—especially among students who turnover constantly. This session delves into positive and negative leadership qualities and behaviors, discusses the importance of multiple kinds of leadership, and introduces concrete strategies for intentional leadership development.
Power and Politics the Wellstone Way
This interactive session introduces the concept of “building power” as the means to make change; distinguishes between personal, collective and institutional power; and presents the “Wellstone Triangle” model for social change, bringing together grassroots organizing, public policy and electoral politics.
All good organizing is based on strong relationships. In this session participants go deep into what it means to build relationships based on common interests, issues and values, and practice doing “one-on-ones” as a relationship-building tool.
“Nonprofit Advocacy: People Power in the Public Interest” Jeannie Fox, MN Council of NonProfits
This workshop will cover the proper role of nonprofits in Minnesota in advancing mission through advocacy. Learn the rules as it relates to charities and explore the numerous ways nonprofits engage in the public policy arena. If you have a cause you care about, there is probably a nonprofit working for change on that issue!
Memorable Messaging – Kenza Hadj-Moussa, MN Coalition for the Homeless
This session will cover the basics of strategic communications in advocacy. Students will learn the basics of message targeting, how to make a memorable message, and psychology behind persuasion.
Asset-based approaches to community work - John Hamerlinck, MN Campus Compact
While it's important to develop and apply your own skills and strengths, no matter what you're trying to accomplish, you'll be more successful if you also recognize and build on others' strengths--including the strengths of those often identified as needy. After introducing the basic framework of asset-based work, this interactive session will invite participants to map and connect their assets.
Advocacy and Other Changemaking Strategies - Julie Plaut, MN Campus Compact
What are the various ways you can contribute to change on the issues you care about most? Join us for a discussion of advocacy in its larger context (including socially responsible daily behavior, community organizing, community-based participatory research, voting, social entrepreneurship, etc.), what you find most appealing or challenging, and how other change making strategies can increase advocacy's effectiveness.