I’ll use the blog over the coming weeks to talk through the details of my ideas, but that conversation starts with the influence of my professional experiences. I’ve spent most of my career as an organizer. I work with families that have been impacted by type 1 diabetes to advocate for more federal funding for type 1 research.
What I’ve come to realize in the time that I’ve been organizing is that the advocacy program that I’ve helped to build is really a platform. It’s a platform for our advocates to share their stories of living with type 1 and to build relationships with one another in the process.
More than that, it’s the ideas generated through these conversations that usually determine our communications strategies as well as how we invest our program resources. I quickly learned that the wisdom our ‘advocate masses’ perfectly complemented the strengths of our professional staff. And this combination has created a program that can better serve the needs of all involved.
So, this is where my ideas for changing Virginia’s government start: investing in platforms that can encourage collaboration from the masses and harness the resultant wisdom. Just because times are tough doesn’t mean that we need to accept lousy services and the same, tired decision points of what taxes can be raised or what services need to be cut. We can make the decision to harness our ideas and use them to innovate our way to better outcomes.
Governments from across the country, in both states and municipalities, are already implementing this model and inventing new solutions to their problems with the same resource constraints we face here in VA. I believe that we can do the same. And that’s the idea that I want to share with you in the coming weeks.
In the meantime, I want my campaign to emulate the level of engagement that I’ve experienced professionally and that I hope to provide as a delegate. I want to provide the same opportunity for conversation and the exchange of ideas—and the chance for me to understand your story.
So, I’ll make it easy to start the conversation. Please take a minute to leave a comment below with your story and your ideas.
BTW, you can also find me on Twitter or Facebook or shoot me a note at email@example.com. I’m happy to continue a conversation or address your concerns through any of these channels.