Who wants change?
What are they willing to do to make change happen?
What level of time and resource commitment can they offer?
- WHAT IS THE PROBLEM?
How did the problem first come up?
Has research been done to understand the problem in its entirety?
Do the WHOs understand the problem completely?
Do they still want change?
- THE VEHICLE THAT WILL DRIVE THE CHANGE
Which core worker or workers will make the change?
What structure will he/she/they function out of?
Informal discussion group, formal Steering Committee
Corporation, Political Fund, Non-profit Corporation
What communication system is used to fuel onward movement?
Bi weekly or weekly conference calls
Public meetings with public speakers
Who makes decisions?
- TASKS FOR THE CHANGE VEHICLE!
Rhythm/routine way of functioning and communicating and educating each other
Research to understand legal problem and problem in its entirety
Drafter of potential solutions
Identified Leadership or decision-makers or group coordinator
Database management for tracking supporters
Media Liason and writer
Legislative Districting to target districts
Administrative support for conference calling, conferences, meetings
Fundraising and Accounting
Historical Record Keeper and minute taker
Legal consultant to discuss changes
Volunteer consumer lobbyists, guidance and support
Community outreach networker and coalition builder with other organizations
Publications, Newsletter, Press Release person
- FINDING A SOLUTION
Research the problem and craft potential options
Educate leadership inner group about potential options
Take favorite option and herald it.
Keep other options private for future use and amendment discussions
- THE FUEL/RESOURCES THAT SUPPORT THE WORKERS
Identify free resources, people and supplies available.
Volunteers, small businesses, community organizations, special skills.
Determine whether money is needed and for what.
How much money?
Where to donate?
Determine how money will be raised.
Who will lead fundraisor and account for funds?
- LEGISLATIVE ENTRY
How will the legislature be approached?
Small executive group?
Whole steering committee?
- LEGISLATIVE CHAMPION
Which legislators will sponsor, author, or move your idea?
Will they defer to you for being in charge of language?
Will they be able to stand up against severe competition?
How can you support them and have a close relationship with them?
- LEGISLATIVE COMMUNICATION SYSTEM
What system will you have in place to know exactly what is happening at capitol?
Who will be at the capitol for you every day?
Who will decide on amendments?
Who will go to hearings?
Who will lobby the legislators?
How will the lobbyist keep in touch with core group?
How will consumers be notified when their voices are needed?
Who will draft samples for consumers to review to target the issues?
What system will be in place to keep the bill moving?
How will victories be communicated to everyone?
Who will celebrate when a bill passes?