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Elizabeth Anderson’s Notes from Power Shift New York 2012

4/28/12

  • positivity in [environmental] movement, despite negatives
  • work towards a goal
  • bartering system (like Zero Waste center/Ren-cycle through a FB group)
  • when people are negative, bring up something positive
  • find a time for club meetings, etc. when people are going to be awake/productive

Leadership

  • empowering others to achieve purpose in the face of uncertainty (Marshall Ganz, who helped Cesar Chavez)
  • delegate tasks, empower others to be involved
  • guide to facilitate
  • staying positive even when things are going tough
  • difference between giving jobs and telling people
  • split up work in a way to make people feel included, not force people to do things
  • step up-step back
    • example: talk more/less depending on your norm
  • humble, not always first person to step up
  • we’re all leaders
  • not teaching…teaching more as preaching–telling people what you know/showing them the steps
    • useful to remember for when you teach, how to change this?

Public Narrative

  • develop own story of self
    • environment
    • history (such as injustice)
  • myself
    • homeschooled
      • was able to take trips around the country and see how other people lived
      • visited lots of natural parks and didn’t understand why people would want to destroy nature
    • 5th grade environmental science class showed me how much humans had messed up
    • read US history books starting at age 10
      • asked myself why was there so much injustice in the past?
      • was appalled when I learned that there was still injustice
    • no one else seemed to care
    • thought I would be an environmental architect but then discovered I loved writing
    • then I got to college and in Vasudha
      • found out I wasn’t alone
      • learned about what I really wanted to do
    • wanted to teach since I loved helping others learn, do research and write papers, and help the environment and poeple
  • ideas: vivid pictures; show, don’t tell
    • keep central idea/framework
  • self, us, and now
    • trips around the country, awareness of diversity in how people live, national parks and environment
    • history, where we stand, consumerism vs. injustice (inc. environmental injustice), technology, many people need a solution
    • need to do something, frustration no one else was, Vasudha provided opportunities
    • want to be active and change now, also go to grad school

Skit

  • Good Teams
    • equality, all leaders
      • double conscious
      • assignment of roles
    • respect
    • know limitations and delegate with these in mind
    • honest
    • members step up
    • common goals
    • being aware of social groups and be inclusive
    • diverse (background, skills, etc.)
    • tone of voice
    • emails (not too much and be timely)
  • Bad Teams
    • divided
    • different levels of commitment
    • lack of communication
    • push people too much
    • unclear goals
    • no one listens

Social Media

  • online tactics, not strategies
    • connect and take action through social media in ways you otherwise might not be able to
    • views –> your vision: how the world would be perfect
    • goals –> tangible, and can be reviewed and directly measured
    • strategy –> using community and resources to achieve goals
    • tactic –> part of strategy
  • combine with offline tactics
    • encourage people to do offline stuff (example: protests), take pictures and post to social networking sites, ask people to share and sign up for email lists, ask for more offline protests
    • examples: Arab Spring, Occupy Wall Street
  • lack of coordination between groups can be a problem
    • keep in mind different demographics might use different or even no social media
    • connect the dots, step outside of comfort zone, don’t be narrow minded, collaboration
    • subsets of supporters (example: wine lovers and hydrofracking)
  • leader of engagement