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How to Get Results from Your Virtual Town Hall

March 5, 2012 | By

Cross-posted from the Congressional Management Foundation blog One of the fastest growing and potentially empowering technologies for engaging citizens, interacting with elected officials, and building better communications is virtual town hall meetings. These meetings can take two forms: a telephone town hall or an online town hall that employs other technology beyond the “conference call” […]

SOPA and PIPA Advocacy Efforts Show the Components of Successful Campaigns

March 2, 2012 | By

Cross-posted from the Congressional Management Foundation blog Much ballyhoo has been made about the loosely coordinated mid-January effort to encourage citizens to contact Congress and voice opposition to two pieces of Internet-related legislation. The much-publicized darkening of major websites has been hailed as a wake-up call for Internet advocates. However, the strategies and tactics of […]

Social Media – Should It be the Driver or Passenger in your Grassroots Influence Strategy?

January 3, 2012 | By

Several years ago our Innovate to Motivate conference hosted then Gallup Managing Partner Ron Balmer to talk about Gallup’s research on customer engagement and how it applies to grassroots organizations. It was one of our most highly rated workstorms. Gallup has been at the forefront of engagement research; they define it as the degree to […]

DC Grassroots Meetup: Mobile Advocacy, Lobbying and Campaigning

October 31, 2011 | By

Come hear Adfero Group’s own Sue Zoldak and Purple Forge’s John Craig discuss how organizations are using Mobile apps to organize, mobilize and engage their target audiences in grassroots advocacy, lobbying and campaigning. Are you currently using Mobile to reach your organization’s assets? Find out more and sign up here. Date: Thursday, November 10, 2011, […]

Occupy Wall Street: Do They Have the Underdog Edge?

October 26, 2011 | By

The Occupy Wall Street protesters are the latest high-profile example of how underdogs don’t use their positions as effectively as they could.  I give the protesters credit for getting off their computers and on the streets. Research we conducted with hundreds of grassroots professionals found that getting their volunteers into the trenches was their No. […]

Looking to Grow your Grassroots? Look to the Nonprofit Community

February 7, 2011 | By

By Brett Weisel, Advocacy Manager at Feeding America Last week I attended the Public Affairs Council’s National Grassroots Conference.  It was once again a fantastic conference—high energy, educational, well attended, etc.  However, as I chatted with my fellow grassroots professionals throughout the week, I couldn’t help but think how lucky I am to work at […]

Contrary to Popular Belief, Constituents Trump Lobbyists

January 26, 2011 | By

Cross-posted from The Partnership for a More Perfect Union Communicating with Congress blog Today, CMF and the Partnership released a new survey of congressional staff which reveals that they believe constituents have far more influence on undecided lawmakers than lobbyists. If you listen to the media, the pundits, or the general public, however, you might […]

A Look at Grassroots Efforts in the 1st Quarter of the 112th Congress

January 6, 2011 | By

Grassroots advocacy in the first quarter of 2011 – a new year and a new Congress – presents some challenges, but even more opportunities for your organization and its members. Let’s acknowledge that, in the first three months, it will be a bit difficult  to deliver your messages to Congress. What do you do when […]

New House Calendar Benefits Grassroots Advocates

December 14, 2010 | By

Cross-posted on the Partnership for a More Perfect Union The newly released House calendar for the 112th Congress presents a fascinating opportunity for grassroots advocates seeking to build relationships and influence legislators. The calendar makes good on part of a promise the House Republicans made when they took office that they would operate differently than […]

National Grassroots Conference

November 30, 2010 | By

On January 25th-28th, the Public Affairs Council will be sponsoring its 34th annual National Grassroots Conference.  The three-day conference offers opportunities to learn about the latest in grassroots tactics and to network with other advocacy professionals. As a repeat attendee, I can vouch for the conference’s reputation as a great source of innovative ideas and […]