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Posts from the ‘Environment’ Category

Jane Sterk leaving as leader of Green Party of BC

I’ve met Jane Sterk a couple of times, and I think she is an extraordinary person. She is committed to the idea that politicians should strive to represent their constituents. Elected officials should not be forced to toe the “party line.”  She is open to new ideas and she believes that personal values, such as integrity, are important in politics.

She took a provincial party that was receiving almost no media coverage and helped fashion it into a strong third party for British Columbia.

It is disappointing to hear she is leaving.

But she phrased it in a way that makes sense: “Had a good run, at best before date, want new adventures.”

Advocacy from WWF Canada

I stumbled across the advocacy guidelines for WWF Canada.  Here are the main points of their “advocacy with excellence” philosophy:

  • Being politically non-partisan
  • Being non-ideological
  • Being efficient
  • Getting results
  • Being scientifically accurate
  • Doing our homework well
  • Checking someone else’s homework
  • Staying within our area of expertise
  • Trying cooperative approaches first
  • Following due process internally
  • Taking the high road
  • Being prepared to say No

I like these a lot. These guidelines might not be appropriate for all non-profit advocacy groups, but they sure could help a lot of them.