An Alternative Path - Overview
Over the course of the next several months I hope to post a series of pieces that will offer an alternative pathway to public office for Green Party activists who live in the Monroe County area and across New York State.*
Green Party activists in the Monroe County area & around NYS have traditionally attempted to reach elected office via their work on a range of progressive issues followed by traditional electoral tactics. This series will offer a somewhat different approach: a life of public service to the general community as a natural pathway to public office & progress on the Ten Key Values. I won't be digging in too deeply around electoral tactics. That's not my point at all, in fact. My point is that if you lay a strong foundation, electoral activities & successes follow more naturally.
In each posting I will take a look at a different topic related to the overall theme. Since I have not yet composed the whole series I may or may not proceed logically from one point to the next. In fact, I may jump to one seemingly unrelated topic from the last. So, hang on! This might get a bit bumpy. Ideally, each post will stand on it's own.
I hope you will engage me in a dialog on each of the topics as we go along. Feel free to post your comments. With your help we will uncover even better ideas that will improve our chances for progress in our respective communities.
Some of the possible topics: (in no particular order & with working titles)
Background - A national/NYS situation analysis
Background - A local situation analysis
The focus is on you - Get used to it
Walk before you run - Beginning at the beginning
Same old, same old - Start talking to people you don't know
So, why are ya running? - To each their own
A view from the inside - Focusing on what's important
Make a contribution - Making real people's lives better
Engage Your Community - Listen & learn before you lead
Serving the general good and Issue activism - Understand your goals & what works
Public Service - A lifestyle choice
The Risks - Planning is critical
Coming out - Can you keep a secret? Should you?
Making Things Happen - The characteristics of leadership
Citizen vs. Customer - Roles & responsibilities
Think Strategically - Get organized. Get organized. Get organized.
Politics & Geography - You serve where you live
Preparation + Opportunity - Being in the right place at the right time
Running to win - Choice wisely
Working well with others (coalitions) - All for one & one for all!
* Yes, of course, the political landscape, personalities & individual circumstances vary widely as you move from from one area of NYS to the next. I understand Glen Cove and Cohocton are different from South Salem and Brooklyn Heights. NYC provides exceptions to every rule. Democrats dominate one area while Republicans dominate another. My background is different from yours. In the end, if this experiment is successful, we will have constructed an argument that cuts across most of the differences and provides activists with a model for ameliorating society's ills through public service.