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Inquiry or advocacy?

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There are two kinds of public policy research: there is inquiry and there is advocacy. In the case of advocacy, you start with an answer and go in search of the facts that will bolster and support your position. Association AdvocacyIn the case of inquiry, you start with a question and let the facts lead you [.].

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Why these things matter

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You are probably also concerned about some of the issues impacting associations, and maybe even support advocacy by groups like ASAE to address them. Association Advocacy association profession engagement leadership lobbying not-for-profit role of associations tax exempt organizationsChances are that if you are reading this, you consider yourself an association professional and you appreciate the tremendous good that associations do for society.

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The myth about ‘special interests’

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Association Advocacy role of associationsMuch of the public thinks of associations as “special interests” who do nothing but lobby the system to game advantage (even though U. government data shows that associations spend many times more on educational activities than on lobbying). In my opinion, “special interest” is a pejorative only when applied to a group whose interests [.].

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The Generation Gap in Lobbying

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Association AdvocacyThere is a generation gap between lobbyists and the lobbied that requires rethinking established GR tactics. Read my commentary from this week’s Association Trends.

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Looking into the congressional crystal ball

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Association Advocacy not-for-profit tax exempt organizations tax reformAssociations have garnered their share of attention from the Hill in the last year, but no one expected a thoroughly gridlocked Congress to actually get anything done about it … at least until after the election. And after that? Read my latest commentary in AssociationTRENDS to learn why I don’t think any of the association [.].

Have we lost the ability to argue?

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Association Advocacy The Way We Are“It is extraordinary to notice how few people in the modern world can argue. That is why there are so many quarrels breaking out again and again, and never coming to any natural end.” How true. Just switch on any cable TV “news” show or go to any online forum. Or visit an association board [.].

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Review Gate

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Association Advocacy The Nature of Associations association journals censorship leadership TransparencyGive the Metropolitan Opera credit. When its leadership screws up, they do it on a truly operatic scale. The Met is a nonprofit, structured in a manner not unlike many associations. There is the parent organization, the opera company, that delivers the core value to its membership (audience). And there is its educational foundation, the [.].

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Stay focused on mission

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Association Advocacy The Nature of AssociationsThe new president of the national, not-for-profit organization urged his membership to remember: “The [organization] we passionately love is hardly some cumbersome, outmoded club of sticklers, with a medieval bureaucracy, silly … rules on fancy letterhead, one more movement rife with squabbles, opinions and disagreement.” ” No. All those elements might exist, or be perceived to [.].

Paradigms

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Association Advocacy The Way We AreI recently suffered a very sudden and very significant loss of vision. Happily, the condition was fully correctible. Nonetheless, during the period of impairment I learned some very interesting things about how the brain works and we perceive the world. I discovered that when I was in familiar surroundings, my brain could reach back to [.].

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Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain

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Association Advocacy Social Media & AssociationsThe web has made it a whole lot easier to fake it. And that is, if anything, even more of a threat to serious, online communities than to traditional associations. There is little you can effectively do to police the content of others on the web … leaving it up to our associations (traditional and [.].