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The Art of Politicking
Transcript of The Art of Politicking
2. Identify Windows of Opportunity
Tell your story.
5. Reflect & Monitor
Which relationships can be leveraged to move from decision to outcome?
Who is accountable for the outcome?
How will the community be informed & included in monitoring the outcome?
What is my role moving forward individually and as a commissioner?
Re-frame the proposed idea for yourself
Who benefits & who is burdened?
Is everyone here who needs to be here?
How can I bring those voices in the room?
Is this a window of opportunity to speak up, act and ensure an equitable outcome?
Is this proposed idea a problem?
What is the problem?
Can I change the problem? Do I know how to change it?
Is this a battle I want to pick?
Is this true to the mission of this commission?
Ask the right questions.
By teaching, learning and practicing the Art of Politics...
How do we do this?
To support, train and place people of color and underrepresented community members to be effective advocate commissioners on publicly appointed boards and commissions.
Who is the best messenger for this?
[know my own & other's leadership styles]
Who are my potential & current allies to champion this with me? Who will likely oppose? Who might be on the fence? [Power Mapping]
Can I explain this to my community? To my grandmother?
At the end of the day, what does this mean for my community?
1. Know the Culture of the Commission
How are decisions made?
Who are the key decision-makers?
What are the backgrounds, values and interests of the individual commissioners?
If no, stop and get clarity.
Conduct one-on-ones with fellow commissioners [identify & create allies]
Make a motion, or propose an amendment to a motion
Invite the community in to share context and perspective of the issue
Bring the information to communities to strengthen the outside game
Pose a question that pushes equity into the discussion
In the Meeting Real-Time
Outside the Meeting
Behind the Scenes
What are my options?
Provide clarity of the implications to community from your firsthand story.
What worked? What didn't work? Why?
Whose voices were not present? How can I change that?
What was gained, changed or lost in my social capital on the commission?
What did I compromise?
Am I pleased with the outcome? The process?
What can I do differently
at the next window of opportunity?
Monitoring & Accountability
How should we message this?
[data, personal story, public testimony, etc.]
How can I integrate lessons from the past to inform the present? [Commissioner Roundtables]