by Rebecca Sive, an advocacy strategist
Again, if you aren't subscribing to the Chronicle of Philanthropy www.Philanthropy.com , you really should be asking your self why. Here is a quick lists to get you thinking (and maybe buying the Feb 10 edition of the Chronicle).
Emerging from the recession and with a generation of social change agents on the verge of retirement, Ms Sive offers some new rules for creating social change, building on the classic community organizing writing of Saul Alinsky:
1) Unless you are willing and able to turn on a dime, find another job
2) Ambiguity creates opportunity
3) Consistency of message is everything
4) Thinking like an entrepreneur is the only fruitful way to proceed - take calculated risks, quickly
5) Get in on the ground floor with young and new types of donors
6) Your board members should be risk takers - By their nature, boards slow things down and try to avoid risk.
7) Staff members should be young and hungry
8) Consensus is not the optimal decision making approach for these times - There isn't always time to get everyone on board and everyone will likely not be in agreement on critical actions.
Tell us what you think, what rules you would add on our blog.