Date: Tuesday, December 15th
Time: 11:55am-1:00 pm Eastern Time
Speakers: Al Etmanski and Sean Moore
Advocating with empathy proposes that we stop poisoning the political ecosystem, put aside tactics of blame and criticism and become solution-based advocates. These advocates have two mutually supportive objectives: they propose solutions and at the same time improve governments’ capacity to innovate. Regardless of their political stripe, today’s governments have shorter attention spans and are more risk-averse. It’s no wonder new policy ideas fight for a foothold. If we want government to have empathy for our issues, we must develop empathy for its issues as well.
In Al Etmanski's latest book: IMPACT: Six Patterns to Spread Your Social Innovation, he tells the story of how Sean Moore, dean of Ottawa lobbyists, introduced him to the concept of strategic inquiry. This powerful approach to advocacy is based on the premise that the best way to learn about the procedures, language and priorites of those you're trying to influence is to ask them. If you have empathy for the challenges that the person you are trying to influence if facing, they are more likely to have empathy for your issue. Strategic inquiry gives you the feedback to refine and reframe your propoosal to give it the best chances of success.
Join Al for an intimate conversation with Sean as they explore what it means to advocate with empathy and how it can help spread your social innovation.
Please note that this session is 1 part of a 6 Part Learning Journey Webinar Series for Social Innovators & Community Change Agents with Al Etmanski. Space is limited in all the sessions, and you must register for each session you wish to attend. Here are quick links to the other active registration pages:
Pattern 1 - Thinking and Acting like a Movement - Dec 1st
Pattern 3 - Setting the Table for Allies, Adversaries and Stranger - Nov 17th
Click here to buy the book.
About Al Etmanski
Al Etmanski is a community organizer, social entrepreneur and author. He is a founding partner of Social Innovation Generation (SiG) and BC Partners for Social Impact. Previously he co-founded Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network (PLAN) with his wife Vickie Cammack and Jack Collins. Al is an Ashoka fellow, and a faculty member of John McKnight’s Asset Based Community Development Institute (ABCD).
Al has received numerous awards for his work with people with disabilities, including the Order of Canada (2014), Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal (2013), and Governor General’s Meritorious Service Medal (2005). He lives with his wife Vickie Cammack – who also received the Order of Canada – just outside of Vancouver and delight in the creative pursuits of their five children.
In his highly praised new book, Impact: Six Patterns To Spread Your Social Innovation, Etmanski provides an inspirational and practical roadmap for others wishing to transform our society. He is a thought-leader, researcher, and storyteller with the rare ability to both inspire audiences and leave them with actionable change strategies.
About Sean Moore
s the Founder and Principal of Advocacy School
and one of Canada’s most experienced practitioners, writers and teachers on public-policy advocacy. He has more than 30 years experience in public-policy and advocacy related to local, provincial/state and federal government affairs in Canada and the United States. He is a former Partner and Public-Policy Advisor withe national law firm Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP, a former president of what was then then Canada's largest government relations consulting firm and a vice-president of a Washington, DC-based public-policy research and consulting company.