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Aaron Kucharski: Organizer Spotlight

This week’s organizer spotlight features Aaron Kucharski, an organizer based in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. 1) What are you working on now—the change you are feeling the most urgency around making in the world through your organizing? In my own personal organizing I am working to move a bill through the SC statehouse that would put Narcan in every high school across the state. In my own community I am working with my local Recovery Advocacy Project team (RAP - GrandStrand!) to do direct outreach with people who are experiencing housing insecurities or struggling with substance use by organizing [...]

2023-05-12T11:05:52-05:00May 11th, 2023|Organizer Spotlights|

Cassidy Conley: Organizer Spotlight

This week’s organizer spotlight features Cassidy Conley, a youth organizer from Detroit, Michigan (and participant in the 2023 YEP Winter Summit): 1) What are you working on now—the change you are feeling the most urgency around making in the world through your organizing? There are so many issues to be addressed, and it is impossible to solve them all on my own; this is why creating a safe environment for BIPOC, Women, and LGBTQIA+ youth to actively participate in this movement makes all the difference. I am currently working on a few different projects including ensuring youth turnout to [...]

2023-05-12T11:05:59-05:00May 1st, 2023|Organizer Spotlights|

5 Ways to Keep Your Team Motivated

Motivation. What typically comes to mind? Is it getting the strength to lead a team, clean your kitchen, or write a blog post? Motivation can be hard to muster, but well worth it in the long run.  The science behind this comes from the extrinsic and intrinsic need to find a solution to a problem, creating a drive that pushes us to achieve that. We’ll dive into this more in a bit, but keep it in mind. This understanding will help you coach your team to success in both ways–and, most importantly, keep it sustained. Let's dive in! 1. [...]

2023-05-12T11:06:04-05:00April 4th, 2023|Tools for Action|

70 Youth Leaders Trained in Detroit

Wild Fam, We're still feeling the fire after returning from Detroit, MI where we held Wild’s first Youth Empowerment Project Winter Summit with 70 emerging leaders from 16 states centering organizing at the heart of it. Participants recruited in teams developed organizing campaigns back home impacting youth including: access to affordable housing, transportation and food security, workforce development, uniform policy, and criminal justice reform to name a few. We are now half-way through our pilot year-long journey of co-creating this transformative space for young leaders ages (14-30) who are planning to put it into practice through their local organizing [...]

2023-01-27T12:34:43-06:00January 27th, 2023|Wild News|

Self, Us, and Now: The Three Perspectives of a Public Narrative

We previously introduced the idea of public narrative and explained that it highlights three different facets of an organization: the story of us, the story of self, and the story of now. But what exactly differentiates those three different stories and how they are told? Let’s take a look at each of the three core components of a public narrative and examine how they operate. The Story of Self: Pinpointing Your Call to Leadership The story of self is perhaps the easiest to understand, even if you’re not convinced that your own story is of special interest. The truth is [...]

2022-12-15T12:29:39-06:00December 15th, 2022|Tools for Action|

The Who, What, and Why of Public Narrative

Creating a public narrative marks an essential step in the process of introducing your organization and cause to a wider audience. It is a means of making your values, goals, and strategy known, both to those within and not yet a part of your community. And yet, if you’ve never crafted a public narrative before, you may have many questions about how this important tool functions. In this post, we’ll introduce some of the basic facts and features of a strong public narrative. What Is a Public Narrative? In its simplest form, a public narrative bridges the gap between [...]

2022-11-02T12:57:21-05:00November 2nd, 2022|Tools for Action|

Tips for Coaching Your Team to Success

As a leader, one of your most important jobs is coaching—that is, teaching those who work under you in the organization and improving their chances for success as they move forward. No matter how great you are at your work, coaching can be a major challenge. Performing a job yourself takes one set of strengths; teaching someone else how to perform well requires its own set of sometimes counterintuitive-seeming processes. While there’s no surefire method for making coaching easy, we’ve put together a few tips that will help you get started. 1. Invest your time and energy in your [...]

2022-09-28T15:26:25-05:00September 28th, 2022|Tools for Action|

The Heart, the Head, and the Hands: Three Coaching Methods to Improve Your Leadership

One of the most challenging but most important jobs of any leadership role is recognizing when an individual or even a whole team isn’t living up to their potential, and understanding the best way to step in and guide them. Sometimes members of your crew just need a push in the right direction and knowledge of your support; sometimes they need more hands-on training in the nitty-gritty details of their work process; and sometimes they need someone to help them step back, see the bigger picture, and create a plan of action. Different realities and different dynamics call for different [...]

2022-08-31T10:33:45-05:00August 31st, 2022|Tools for Action|

Five Leadership Methods to Successfully Organize Your Community

A successful organization has three essential components: people, power, and change. We regularly present the three in this specific order for a reason. Power and change are the goals that an organization strives for, but it all starts with people. Until you find your people, you cannot pinpoint specific goals nor the specific resources (i.e., types of power) necessary to achieve those goals. But if step one is to find your people, then the next step must be determining how to organize that constituency. Even disorganized, many people can identify key problems that exist in their community and are eager [...]

2022-08-15T16:00:11-05:00August 16th, 2022|Tools for Action|

4 Essential Steps for Mobilizing People to Action

Finding folks who will offer up verbal support for your organization’s causes can be a difficult enough task. But translating that support into effective action is an even greater level of struggle, one that is necessary to create meaningful, lasting change based around the principles of your cause. While there is no easy way to gain commitment from others, there are some steps you can take to help increase your chances of success. You can think of these as the four C’s of mobilizing commitment: connection, context, commitment, and catapult. Let’s take a look at each one: Connect: Making the [...]

2022-06-30T09:16:26-05:00July 18th, 2022|Tools for Action|


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