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Transcript of Organizational Strategy
A Coalition Based on the Ideas, Multicultural Leadership and Public Support that Shaharit Has Nurtured
Reframing the Discourse:
1. Developing the intellectual infrastructure, rooted in "the common good", that allows a new set of partners to join together
2. Marketing these ideas to frame the public discourse
Strategic Tool #2
1. Nurture Strategic Partners throughout Multicultural Israel;
2. With the partners, create "bridgeheads" that increase the partners in each of Israel's communities;
3. Weave the partners together into a coherent leadership
4. Identify, develop and network emerging national leadership
Strategic Tool #3
Organizing and Mobilizing
1. Create and support over one hundred initiatives for "the common good" throughout multicultural Israel.
2. Weave it into a movement with public presence, that harbingers new alliances and that can win the hearts and minds of Israelis.
Building of a talented ongoing multicultural research team;
writing of foundational documents in Talmudic format;
scores of op. ed. articles published in the breadth of Israeli media
"Adjunct Fellows" join Fellows team to focus on Local Politics, in preparation for Local Elections in Fall 2013 -- 5 Position Papers, 10 op. eds. (in partnership with MyNet, largest local news internet), posts for Facebook;
Democracy and Economics project launched; three policy papers authored
"Problems of Israeli Liberalism" academic working group launched, led by Prof. Menachem Mautner and Prof. Nissim Mizrachi, recruits top-tier academics
Second Shaharit survey, on Haredim, completed.
Democratic Economics working group launched on "Labor in the 21st Century" recruiting participants from major institutions dealing with labor issues - unions, academia, thinktanks, government - position papers to be written in the Fall of 2014;
"Problems of Israeli Liberalism" working group continues;
"Adjunct" Fellows join Shaharit Fellows, writing papers on "Between Israel and the Nations."
3rd Shaharit survey begins, on Israeli Arabs.
launch book series, with Yediot HaAchronot publishers - goal: 2 books per year with events and media coverage
International Conference on Liberalism with top-tier academics from Israel and abroad;
Conference on Democratic Economics, with Lord Maurice Glasman, founder of Blue Labour and Shaharit partner;
continued work of Shaharit Fellows - "Religion in the State"
continuing Shaharit survey work, mapping potential partners in Israel's multicultural communities.
[lead partner in creating international network of initiatives for the common good].
Cultivating intellectual partners and building intellectual infrastructure
Gaining significant exposure in widening public circles through lectures, seminars, the social and conventional media
Ideas becoming central to the political discourse
Briefings and high profile seminars for journalists;
"war room" for quick Shaharit responses to the news cycle;
academic interns program - Hebrew and English, for advanced degree students from Israel and overseas
economic policy roundtable
Put together a talented core of Fellows, ranging from Haredim to Palestinian Israelis, with a deep commitment to Shaharit's work, and having created trust and a shared vision for Israel;
Within a core circle which we estimate at about 1000, having created a "buzz" which has begun to look to Shaharit for direction (our economic and academic working groups filled with high-level participants, due to Shaharit's growing reputation;
Put together engaging intellectual materials, which sets out a compelling vision for Israel's future
We need to expand our intellectual influence, first among a circle of "early adaptors" which we estimate at about 2000, and in subsequent years, through the social and traditional media, to much wider circles of Israeli society
established "bonding" working groups: Russians, Arabs, Mizrachi, Haredi
established "bridging" working groups: Tradition and Human Rights, Harbingers (on the Arab-Israeli conflict)
"bonding" within communities "bridging" - between communities
Working groups - Year 2; Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) becomes a strategic partner
Expanded Shaharit Board to include representatives of all Shaharit's communities, including Haredi Board chair.
Launching Leadership Program - for future multicultural civic and political leadership
Civil Society Leadership Seminar - finding Shaharit partners
Expanding projects in both "bonding" and "bridging" working groups
2nd Shaharit multicultural national conference for expanding circle of partners
Nurturing Senior Political Leadership - first contacts: future MK Ayman Udah, Mayor Michael Biton
[dialogue between Haredi and Labor Party Leadership on potential strategic partnership]
Multicultural Senior Political Leadership Seminar at Harvard University - initial participants include former Minister Moshe Kahlon (past member of Likud); MK Orly Levi (Yisrael Beitenu) and Mayor Michael Biton
Engaging Political Leadership through Shaharit's Multicultural Leadership Program
Emerging network of Shaharit Multicultural Leadership graduates
5-7 high profile leaders (MKs, mayors, media) strongly associated with Shaharit
Identifying and building partnerships with the relevant communities of multicultural Israel
Creating a multicultural leadership with a shared vision
Building alliances that break out of the traditional social-political categories
Widespread military conflict
Reshuffling of the social-political map closes the window of opportunity for building a viable alternative in the near future
Accomplishments to date:
surprising and substantial bridgeheads in most communities;
ongoing activities emerging from the working groups;
first attempts to bring leadership of the communities together spectacularly successful;
strong ties to handful of high-level leaders
Moving working groups into second stage of activities;
Allowing unlikely alliances to go public
Build local community initiatives for the common good
Create a country-wide network of local initiatives with broad public exposure
"The network for the common good" becomes the next wave in Israeli social change
Strategic Tool #1
National conference launching our work in local communities, aimed at social protest activists interested in impacting City Hall, from within and without;
Meetings and regional seminars identifying emerging groups;
Publication of "Political Communities" which articulates our vision of building communities for social and political change on the local level.
Through community organizing, five pilot vision statements on the common good with multicultural coalitions in Tirat Carmel, Sederot, Mevaseret Tzion, Lod and Tel Aviv;
Creating a network of over 20 local initiatives for the common good from the North to the South of the country;
Nationwide campaign "Voting Well" (Nivhar Tov) in 10 communities, showcasing vision statements, and bringing ideas of "the common good" into the political debate;
In municipal elections of Fall 2013, 17 groups are elected to their town councils -- 35 city council members, 4 deputy mayors.
Campaigns showcasing "the common good" reaching tens of thousands of Israelis. Resurgent civic engagement leading up to the elections.
After elections, Shaharit's network of 20+ local initiatives choose a steering committee and build a workplan which includes: national legislation to strengthen local democracy, strengthening their engagement with citizens, a synchronized campaign on issues of transparancy and local government corruption.
community organizing -- Local Vision Statements on the common good in five towns, including two Arab communities and a Haredi community;
Launching of a leadership program for emerging young leaders, creating leadership for new initiatives in additional towns, who will later join Shaharit's Local Network for the Common Good.
Expanding the network to 30 communities;
Creating a nationwide network of community organizers working to catalyze local initiatives for the common good;
[Arnold Graf, veteran American community organizing sage, mentoring the project];
first cohort of local leadership program graduates
roundtable to be created, partnering other national organizations,to give support to the burgeoning network
expanding and energetic local network for the common good - growing to 35 communities in the network;
synchronized community organizing initiative in all of the network's communities - increased shared identity;
media exposure for the emerging trend
gearing up for the 2018 Municipal Elections
Correctly identified the potential on the local level; numerous initiatives credit Shaharit for jumpstarting their civic and political involvement;
Built a methodology that successfully brings together the multiple voices from a community that are committed to the common good;
Forged a network that has a strong core of participants from a wide variety of communities.
How to create, from a multitude of local initiatives focused on their own backyards, a national initiative that has a strong shared and common identity.
Potential Significant Obstructions