Re: [carfree_cities] Cycling advocates needing inspiration for struggle!
> What strategies have worked in the past, in getting that kind of politician to+ Get a room full of people.
> hear our message?
+ Run your own kind of candidates and knock the other politician out of
+ Hold a "micro debate" of sorts, or an issue paper. Put your question to
the candidates. Get their recorded replies. (Video Camera, audio tape) --
document what they say. Broadcast what they say -- and the reasons why the
answers are GOOD or BAD. Then make an endorsement from your group.
Hint: The gun rights and right to life and YOU-FILL-IN-THE-BLANKS special
interest people do this all the time.
If you can make a politician look good or bad before a large audience (real
time or otherwise) .... you've got "clout." If your newsletter goes out far
and wide. If you have a news article / press release that gets picked up --
you have clout.
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After a while, you might be able to "coach the candidate" into knowing and
doing what makes the most sense. But, ... at first, I don't know how
successful you'll be.
- Dear carfree people
I'm wondering what words of wisdom any experienced lobbyists out there can
How do you deal with people stuck in a monolithic system that won't see things
any other way? (they seem to view the world thru their windscreen and steering
Example, a cycling advocate meeting with an individual politician, the latter
being clearly caught up in ego, and known to be very very wealthy.
Politicians are supposed to be able to change the way society operates, but
many can't / won't hear what cycling and public transport advocates have to
say. Or, they only change thing that increase the advantages their Gang has
over the rest of us.
What strategies have worked in the past, in getting that kind of politician to
hear our message? Is it possible?