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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|

Change in the Air: Discovering Your Goals & the Power to Achieve Them

There are many reasons that people might organize together under a shared strategy, but those strategies all tend toward one broad goal: seeking specific, objective, and material change. As a leader, one of your most important jobs is identifying what those goals are as well as methods for achieving them. What Do You Want? Easily identifiable, tangible goals create an impetus for joining your organization. Before you can successfully get people invested, you’ll need to answer questions such as: What problems are your constituents looking to fix or improve upon? And what can be done to accomplish that? These questions [...]

2022-06-30T09:17:36-05:00June 23rd, 2022|Tools for Action|

Five Black Organizers to Know Today

Come February, children all around the U.S. are learning the names of Black leaders like Fedrick Douglas, Harriet Tubman, Martin Luther King, and Rosa Parks in school. It is certainly important to recognize the accomplishments of these individuals and their contribution to American history, but for most Americans, Black History is taught using a time capsule that all too often begins with slavery and ends after the civil rights movement of the 1960s. The version of American history which uplifts and centers Black achievements is robust and recent. Though there are many to choose from, here are just five of [...]

2022-05-26T09:31:40-05:00February 9th, 2022|Political Education|

Job Opening: WiLD Academy Zoom Coordinator

Launched in 2016, the Wisconsin Leadership Development (WiLD) Project trains community organizers, both new and seasoned, to engage others around their own core values, structure effective leadership teams, and make strategic choices that lead to measurable, effective action for change. Our signature workshop utilizes five basic organizing leadership practices that draw upon a rich history of community organizing, social movements, and campaigns. This framework is taught at the Harvard Kennedy School by Dr. Marshall Ganz, a celebrated civil rights organizer, and has been adapted in cultures and contexts launching grassroots efforts around the world. While typically offered in person over [...]

2021-12-21T17:26:40-06:00December 21st, 2021|Wild News|

Climbing the Mountain: Navigating the Peaks and Valleys of Your Campaign Timeline

Any organization that hopes to achieve meaningful change inevitably must build a shared strategy. This is a layered process that requires time, effort, and thoughtfulness in its approach. Determining a shared strategy begins with answering five questions. First, you must pinpoint who your people are - that is, the people you’re working with and targeting, as well as opposing. Next, you must define your goals, and then determine a theory for how to get the power to achieve those goals, followed by finding specific tactics to follow through with. The fifth and final step of creating a shared strategy is [...]

2021-12-20T11:13:44-06:00December 14th, 2021|Tools for Action|

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