wiki:projects/leadership-committee/dec-2008/discussion/us-movements

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Discussion: US movements

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Outreach

Currently, Alfredo and Jamie make a lot of decisions around what meetings, conferences and campaigns to attend and put our resources behind.

Although the leadership committee does not need to be involved in every decision, we should provide a broad framework of the political movements, tendencies, and types of organizations that we should be supporting. This framework should be informed by the direction the left is moving and how we want to influence it?

Ground work

  • What ideas or themes do we expect the left to coalesce around in the next year?
  • What sectors (e.g. alternative media, immigrant rights, etc.) are gaining in momentum? What sectors are fading?
  • How do we expect the Obama presidency to affect the left? What positive effects? What effects should be prepared to fight against?

Direction

  • What sectors are under-represented in our current Membership that should be better represented?
  • Which movements should we be following? Which movements should we be trying to shape?

InReach

Project: Membership constituency workshops

Goal: Make membership more conscious of technology capabilities in their work; make members more conscious of what membership actually means and what this organization is doing and capable of doing.

Explanation: Dividing our membership into "constituencies" (labor, community-based, arts, etc.), we would bring together these members into workshops during which we would discuss how the current capabilities we have can be better used by them in their "area-specific" work and what other capabilities they feel they need from MF/PL.

Flowing from this discussion, we would then work to develop these capabilities.