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Thinking Outside the Box: How to Build Coalitions Beyond the Usual Suspects. @ AAUWPolicy. Building Coalitions: We Can’t Do it Alone. . . Building Coalitions: It’s a Strategy!. Who do we need? & What do we need to do to win?. . . Our goal is to…. … think outside the box!. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation
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Thinking Outside the Box: How to Build Coalitions Beyond the Usual [email protected] Building Coalitions: We Cant Do it Alone

The fact is that we often need to work with other organizations. Simply, we cant do it all alone.

Click This past election was a prime example of that.2. Building Coalitions: Its a Strategy!Who do we need? & What do we need to do to win?

Building coalitions is a strategy. The big question with thinking about coalitions is

Click Who do we need and what do we need to do to win?

The who we need our coalition the people and organizations you need to reach out to is part of your overall strategy and should be done strategically based on what you are trying to accomplish.

The what you need to do to win is your action plan. The plan you create in conjunction with your coalition.

Today, we are going to focus on who it is we need. How do we know who to reach out to and ask to join our coalition?

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Our goal is to think outside the box!to what? Click

Think outside of the box!

Next slide4So, how do we do that?

Ask current alliesWhat organizations do they work with? What other organizations do they know of that are active locally? What other organizations do your fellow AAUW members belong to? What other organizations do YOU belong to?Think about all the stakeholders Look at the issue from all the different angles:Who benefits from what you are trying to achieve? Who would it affect?

Think about it in reverse What organizations are opposed to your chosen priority issue? Then ask yourself: What organization is a counter to that organization?

And a few more tips for the roadContact AAUW staff Google it!If youve got some time check out our workshop on power mapping

Google it Do some Internet research. Find out what groups are active in your area. Dont assume you already know. Contact AAUW national staff We may be able to provide you with some ideas and be able to put you in touch with local representatives of our national allies.

Power mapping is a powerful tool to analyze power relationships and help develop a strategy for creating change.

You can practice power-mapping on our website! Theres an exercise online at http://www.aauw.org/resource/workshop-how-to-build-coalitions/. Theres also a longer version of this PPT on that page, if youd like to do this PPT with your branch or a local womens advocacy coalition.

9Brainstorm time!

Midterm election is Tuesday, November 4, 2014 (save the date! write it down!)So how might we know what organizations we want to reach out to? How do we know who we want to invite to collaborate with us on the amazing policy work we do?

To determine who we want in our coalition especially the unusual suspects we need to identify our target and figure out their influencers.

The best tool to use to do that is called power mapping. Its a concrete skill that will aid you in thinking outside of the box and looking beyond the usual suspects.

So what is power mapping?

Click It is a powerful tool to analyze power relationships and help develop a strategy for creating change. You can think of it as a structured brainstorm.

And its as easy as 5 steps. Next slide10So, who will be in your GOTV coalition?Ask current allies Think about all the different stakeholders Think about it in reverse Contact AAUW national staff Google it

If you already have a coalition in place: What races will you focus on for voter education? Who will you target for voter registration?

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