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Title: Advocacy Today: the need for high impact and transformative advocacy through community partnerships and innovation


1
Advocacy Today the need forhigh impact and
transformative advocacy through community
partnerships and innovation
  • Bruce Uditsky, M.Ed.
  • Chief Executive Officer
  • Alberta Association
  • for Community Living
  • buditsky_at_aacl.org
  • www.aacl.org

2
Some Context
  • Family governed values based advocacy
    organization for over 50 years
  • Committed to a vision of inclusion, membership,
    relationships and normative pathways across the
    life-span
  • Constituency based
  • Receive no government funding for advocacy but
    receive government funding for many other
    activities
  • Individual, political and social advocacy plus
    innovative services
  • Have raised more than 2.5 million) in the last 4
    years (current annual budget 3.3 million)
  • Internationally recognized for leadership, social
    change, partnerships, clarity, family focus,
    innovations

3
  • The lives of people with disabilities and their
    families are not improving sufficiently or fast
    enough on almost any scale or measure relative to
    people without disabilities loneliness, poverty
    and marginalization are systemic and pervasive
  • Income
  • Employment
  • Education
  • Health
  • Housing
  • Relationships

4
  • The most critical measure being the degree to
    which individuals live an inclusive life over the
    length and breadth of their life-span
  • as an inclusive life is the most powerful means
    to the good life so ordinarily enjoyed by people
    without disabilities

5
  • AACL began to adopt noted high impact
    organizational qualities almost 20 years ago
  • We are continuing to embed these qualities more
    deeply in every aspect of the organization and
    all new initiatives must align with these
    qualities
  • We measure our success by the degree to which
    those qualities are evident and the change
    achieved individually and societally

6

Jossey-Bass 2008
  • Leslie Crutchfield
  • Heather McLeod Grant

  • www.forcesforgood.net

7
High Impact Non-profits (forces for good)
  • Externally focused catalysts for transformation
  • Work outside the boundaries of their organization
    (whether historical or externally imposed)
  • Obsessed with aligning actions with
    values/mission
  • Focused on gaining leverage for systemic change
  • Innovate/adapt move in new directions
  • Build capacity (beyond themselves)
  • Relentless given the challenges

8
Six Practices
  • Advocate and serve - grounded knowledge better
    able to effect change, increased credibility -
    generating solutions, requires forging alliances
    while preserving integrity
  • Engage the community partner to leverage
    corporate power and resources, social
    entrepreneurship, choose the right fit,
    capitalize on and develop community capacity
  • Inspire evangelists communicating powerfully
    through inspiring stories that connect and
    engage, repeatedly articulate core values, media
    relations

9
  • Nurture non-profit networks rapid response
    capacity, less bureaucratic, more adaptable (AACL
    is an organization of multi-layered networks),
    includes coalitions and alliances, can be
    empowered to act
  • Master the art of adaptation when to work
    collaboratively when to be disruptive, continuous
    process of adaptation while never losing sight of
    the prize the bigger picture, test new ideas,
    focus on results
  • Share leadership leadership development, build
    and tap capacity for collective leadership,
    develop volunteer and top level leadership

10
  • Do whatever it takes, using multiple means, for
    as long as it takes without ever compromising
    core values
  • Choose creativity over structure remain or
    become flexible, responsive, minimally
    bureaucratic or rule bound
  • Unwavering commitment in the relentless pursuit
    of results in the face of almost insurmountable
    odds
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