Problem Solving Must-Reads: A Time-Tested Citizen’s Action Guide

Plus: Incubators are keeping new businesses alive, and niche principal training

Problem Solving Must-Reads: A Time-Tested Citizen’s Action Guide

Plus: Incubators are keeping new businesses alive, and niche principal training

Being able to protest freely and peacefully is one of the cornerstones of American democracy. In President Trump’s America, though, protests have been more frequent and specifically directed at the President and his policies than at any time probably since the Vietnam War. The New York Times’ Tina Rosenberg has compiled a list of effective citizen’s action tactics from across the world to ensure that your voice is heard and effective.

One of the tactics Rosenberg uses is to “promote hope, not fear.” This tactic worked in the anti-Pinochet movement in Chile. Before turning to advertisements of rainbow-and-flowers and intense voter registration drives, the movement took 15 years before they turned their tactics on its head. They pushed against Pinochet’s “me or mayhem” message with hope for free elections, instead of focusing on the bad.

An example of failure of a progressive movement, Rosenberg cites, is Brexit. The Remain campaign focused on the bad and how much it would lose if it left the European Union. The Leave campaign pushed fear of immigrants and the EU as a bureaucratic institution, and ended up winning. Had Remain focused on hope instead of fear, it may have won.

This step-by-step citizen action plan focuses on using facts, creating an inclusive brand, focusing on specific actions and even making a nonracist Tea Party.

Read the full story here (via The New York Times)

Here’s what else we’re reading:

Incubating Progress, One Small Business At A Time

Photo: The Atlantic

The driving force for job creation in inner cities doesn’t come from large corporations; it’s small businesses (typically defined as having five to 249 employees) and micro-businesses (which have one to four employees). But there’s a secret to small business success: The survival rate of these outfits is 87 percent if they work with an incubator firm, as opposed to 44 percent if they venture into the world alone. Incubators can provide entrepreneurs and new business owners with resources like no-cost workspaces, workshops, mentorship and networking to get their business off the ground and ready to support itself for the long run. (via The Atlantic)

Niche Training for Principals Aims to Fill Skill Gaps

Principals face many issues in their schools that they’ve never been trained for, forcing them to come up with solutions in a pinch. For example, in some schools, the student populations are overwhelmingly black or Latino, but the teachers are mostly white. Principals aren’t taught how to maneuver this delicate system in their traditional preparations for the job. To answer this call and prepare principals to take on issues of all faces, niche or specialized principal-training programs have been popping up to bridge the gap between what skills they learn in their traditional coursework and skills they need on the job. The niche trainings vary from equity issues to business skills, all to help principals reach their goal of fostering academic success of students. (via Education Week)

Photo header: The New York Times

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