23 - Creatively Sharing Your Message

November 27, 2018

Organizing for Change Podcast - Episode 23 - Creatively Sharing Your Message Show Notes

Goal: “to equip coalitions, organizations, and individuals to bring change to their community”

 

Welcome to episode 23 of the podcast.

In this month’s episode; Amanda talks with Kendra McLaughlin about the work she is doing in her community of Garrett County, Maryland.

Kendra’s group did an awesome viral PSA and they are working hard to get accurate information out surrounding marijuana.  You can find the PSA and more information at their website; www.spreadthefacts.com.    

 

If this episode helps you in any way, would you consider sharing with a colleague or friend and help us to continue to share these messages? That would mean so much to us!

 

Guest: Kendra McLaughlin

 

Organizing for Change Website:  https://organizing4change.podbean.com/

Organizing for Change Twitter: @organizing4chng

 

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22 - Leading Yourself

October 30, 2018

Organizing for Change Podcast - Episode 22 - Leading Yourself Show Notes

Goal: “to equip coalitions, organizations, and individuals to bring change to their community”

Welcome to episode 22 of the podcast. I just want to take a moment to thank each one of you for listening to the podcast and for sharing it. We now have listeners in 49 states and 23 countries. Wow. You all are amazing.

Also, we wanted to Thank everyone who has taken time to give us feedback and write a review! If you haven’t done so, it would really mean a lot and would help other coalition leaders find us on spaces like itunes.

I am so excited to bring you this episode today with Jim Trick, coach, consultant for That Life, author and musician to talk about creating personal change.

Jim Trick has overcome morbid obesity, turned a freelance consultancy into a six figure income and helped to build a million dollar small business, but Jim’s ultimate passion is working with people who want to personally and professionally live with greater freedom, fulfillment and success. Jim was trained by the prestigious Coach Training Institute and certified by the International Coach Federation.

Along with his work as a coach/consultant, Jim is also a professional musician and speaker. He has traveled all over the country teaching high-level executives the fine art of collaboration with Banding People Together, and is a frequent guest speaker at the Berklee College of Music. Jim was featured alongside American Idol’s Alex Preston, by Berklee for a performance entitled, “An Evening with New England’s top songwriters” and his latest album was fully crowd funded in under four weeks.

A life-changing trip to a Central American refugee village in 1993 prompted Jim to start two inner city food outreach programs in the U.S., one of which served the local homeless community by candlelight with classical music and table service.

Jim Trick knows what it’s like to swim frantically across the alligator riddled Belize river and how it feels to share the stage with a young Katy Perry. One of those experiences was terrifying. The other involved alligators.

If this episode helps you in any way, would you consider sharing with a colleague or friend and help us to continue to share these messages? That would mean so much to us!

 

Guest: Jim Trick

That Life Website: https://www.thatlife.com/

Organizing for Change Website: https://organizing4change.podbean.com/

Organizing for Change Twitter: @organizing4chng

 

4 Insights from This Episode:

 

  • Core values are essential to make change. Jim talks about being a slave to our feelings, however values are much more reliable for healthy and powerful decision making. This is true for a community as well. Helping a community identify its values, can help it overcome its negative feelings to create community level change and creates  buy in for a community.

 

 

  • There is a leader in everyone. Leadership starts with leading yourself.

 

 

  • People have their best answers inside themselves. People are way more likely to follow through on change they have discovered themselves, instead of change they have been prescribed.

 

 

  • When a person has a voice, they can contribute. When a person sees how their contribution fits the bigger picture, they have purpose. And, when they have purpose, they are engaged.

 

 

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21 - ACES with HOPE Study

September 25, 2018

Organizing for Change Podcast - Episode 21 Show Notes

Goal: “to equip coalitions, organizations, and individuals to bring change to their community”

 

Host, Amanda Decker joins ROBERT SEGE, MD, PHD, Co-Director, Stakeholder and Community Engagement; Interim Lead Navigator Tufts CTSI

Robert Sege, MD, PhD is a Professor of Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine, where he directs a new Center for Community-engaged Medicine. Dr. Sege is nationally known for his research on effective health systems approaches that directly address the social determinants of health. He is a Senior Fellow at the Center for the Study of Social Policy in Washington and serves on the boards of the Massachusetts Children’s Trust and Prevent Child Abuse America.

 

He has served on the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Committee on Child Abuse and Neglect, and on its Committee on Injury, Violence, and Poisoning Prevention. He is a graduate of Yale College, and received his PhD in Biology from MIT and his MD from Harvard Medical School. Bob lives in the Boston area, where he and his wife Karen have raised three young adult children.

 

Welcome to Episode 021 of the Podcast: ACES with HOPE Study

 

Guest: Robert Sege, MD, PHD

 

Tufts CTSI Website

https://www.tuftsctsi.org/people/robert-sege/

 

ACES with HOPE Study:

https://www.cssp.org/publications/documents/Balancing-ACEs-with-HOPE-FINAL.pdf

 

Organizing for Change Website:

https://organizing4change.podbean.com/

 

Organizing for Change Twitter:

@organizing4chng

 

3 Insights from This Episode:

 

 

  • We are not just a collection of all the bad experiences we had. Dr. Sege talks about how he doesn’t deny the problems his patients have, but that he tries to view them in the best light and address them as a whole person, not just their struggles.

 

 

 

  • Our children are our future and the future of our communities. The overwhelming majority of people already have protective factors for their children in place. It is important to build on those protective factors in a community to help parents who may not have these protective factors in place.
  • Teenagers have to feel like they matter. Dr. Sege talks about the importance of setting up opportunities in a community for a young person to realize they matter. If a young person feels like they don’t matter and what they do doesn’t matter increases their likelihood to use drugs and alcohol.

 

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20 - The Science of the Positive

August 28, 2018

Organizing for Change Podcast - Episode 20 Show Notes

Goal: “to equip coalitions, organizations, and individuals to bring change to their community”

 

Host, Amanda Decker joins Nick Adams, Planning & Implementation Grant Coordinator, Minnesota Department of Human Services Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division. Nick is a native of Minnesota and wanted to make a difference in his community. After interning with a local non profit in college, he was exposed to the Minnesota Department of Human Services Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division and secured a job working to reduce underage drinking. Nick is a huge fan of Dr. Jeff Linkenbach and the Positive Community Norms framework which you will hear all about in this episode.

 

Welcome to Episode 020 of the Podcast:

 

Guest: Nick Adams, Planning & Implementation Grant Coordinator, Minnesota Department of Human Services Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division

 

Rapids Rising Website:

https://www.rapidsrising.com/

 

Rapids Rising Twitter:

https://twitter.com/RapidsRising

 

Nick’s Email

nadams@isd318.org

 

The Montana Institute

http://www.montanainstitute.com/pcn/

 

The ACES with HOPE Study

https://www.cssp.org/publications/documents/Balancing-ACEs-with-HOPE-FINAL.pdf

 

Organizing for Change Website:

https://organizing4change.podbean.com/

 

Organizing for Change Twitter:

https://twitter.com/organizing4chng

 

3 Insights from This Episode:

 

 

  • “If you want health, you have got to promote health. If you promote illness, you will get more illness.” -Jeff Linkenbach
  • Perceptions become behaviors. Nick talks about correcting misperceptions around youth alcohol and drug use to help reduce and prevent youth use.
  • Slow down and start from scratch. Nick talks about how the tendency to move quickly in coalition work is tempting, but in order to build capacity and have long term impact, you need to slow down and do the hard work of getting people on the same page.

 

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19 - Policy and Public Health

July 31, 2018

Organizing for Change Podcast - Episode 19 Show Notes

Goal: “to equip coalitions, organizations, and individuals to bring change to their community”

 

Host, Amanda Decker joins Michelle Merritt, President and CEO of New Futures, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that advocates, educates and collaborates to improve the health and wellness of all New Hampshire residents through policy change.

 

Michele has overall leadership and management responsibility for New Futures. With the Board of Directors, she establishes the strategic priorities for the organization. She leads the organization in advancing its mission by creating new possibilities for project initiatives and grants, fostering innovation, leveraging resources, establishing partnerships, and coordinating staff activities. In addition, she seeks to identify opportunities for collaboration between and among New Futures and public and nonprofit entities on policy and legislative issues of mutual concern such as public funding for treatment services and improving access to community-based supports for New Hampshire’s children and families.

 

Welcome to Episode 019 of the Podcast: Public Health and Policy Change

 

Guest: Michele Merritt, President and CEO of New Futures

 

New Futures Website:

https://www.new-futures.org/

 

New Futures Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/NewFuturesNH

 

New Futures Twitter:

https://twitter.com/newfuturesnh

 

New Futures YouTube:

https://www.youtube.com/user/NewFuturesNHMedia

 

Organizing for Change Website:

https://organizing4change.podbean.com/

 

Organizing for Change Twitter:

@organizing4chng

 

3 Insights from This Episode:

  1. Michelle talks about the power that just one person can make when it comes to policy change. So often, people do not get involved in contacting their elected officials because they do not think their input will matter. Michelle explains that even a few phone calls or letters can have a powerful impact.
  2. It is important to define why you exist as an organization or agency so that you don't say "yes" to everything and spread yourselves too thin.
  3. Limited resources aren't always bad. They can force us to come up with solutions that we may never have thought of otherwise.

 

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18 - Sustaining Your Work, Engaging Parents, Involving the Media and More!

June 26, 2018

Goal: “to equip coalitions, organizations, and individuals to bring change to their community”

Host, Amanda Decker joins Deb Naro, Executive Director of CADY (Communities for Alcohol and Drug Free Youth). For the last 17 years, CADY has been dedicated to improving the lives of children and youth through innovative programming and evidence-based strategies that deter alcohol, tobacco and other drug use; that engage and strengthen families, schools and communities; and that promote healthy environments, resiliency building, and promising futures for our youth. On this Episode, Deb talks about sustaining the work of the coalition, how to think outside the box and get parents to come to the table, and why the media is so important in creating change!

Welcome to Episode 018 of the Podcast: Sustaining Your Work, Engaging Parents, Involving the Media and More!

 

Guest: Deb Naro

CADY Website: http://cadyinc.org/

CADY Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cadyinc/

CADY Twitter: https://twitter.com/the_cady_yaac

Organizing for Change Website: https://organizing4change.podbean.com/

Organizing for Change Twitter: @organizing4chng

 

3 Insights from This Episode:

1. You Need to Plan For Sustainability at the Beginning. Deb talks about how thinking about sustainability at the beginning of a funding stream is so important. She talks about building support and creating champions that will ensure the work continues long after the grant is done.

2. Think Outside the Box to Reach Parents. Too often coalitions and organizations invite key stakeholders (such as parents) to the table, and find the table is empty. Deb talks about ways she worked to engage parents and think outside the box.

3. Get the Media Involved. How can anyone support your group or help sustain it if they don’t know about it? Deb talks about why she and her team created the Prevention Accelerator Media campaign and how it was used to build credibility for her coalition. (The Media campaigns are also for sale on the CADY website if this is something your coalition could use!)

 

 

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17 - Fighting the Addiction Industry

May 29, 2018

Organizing for Change Podcast - Episode 17 Show Notes

Goal: “to equip coalitions, organizations, and individuals to bring change to their community”

 

Host, Amanda Decker joins Ben Cort from Cort Consulting. Ben has been part of the recovery movement in almost every way imaginable from a recipient of services to a spokesperson to a respected professional inside of the treatment industry. Sober since 6/15/96 he has seen the devastation that substance use disorder can bring first hand as well as the joy that is recovery.

 

Ben began his career inside of Human Resources and was a Director at an S&P 500 firm by 27. He left that position to help start the Colorado based non-profit Phoenix Multisport, an organization that provides pro-social activities that are primarily athletic in nature to those living sober lives.

 

As an original Board member and the first full-time employee Ben was instrumental in building an organization that still receives frequent national attention for its innovative approach to fighting addiction through sport and the community that surrounds sport.

 

In May of 2012, he left Phoenix Multisport to join the opposition campaign for Amendment 64, the constitutional amendment that would ultimately allow for the commercialization of marijuana in Colorado. Following that campaign Cort joined the University of Colorado Hospital (UCH) where he ran marketing, business development and admissions for their substance abuse treatment service line known as CeDAR. He left that role in January 2017.

 

Throughout his time with UCH Ben remained active in the discussion around marijuana, assisting several states in their efforts to hold back Big Marijuana and always advocating for recovery. These efforts kept him close to the national discussion and made him a frequent guest in the media. Ben has earned a reputation as being pro-logic and recovery rather than anti anything.

 

His direct and honest approach has made him a sought after speaker and respected voice in this national conversation.

 

Welcome to Episode 017 of the Podcast:

 

Guest: Ben Cort, CEO - Cort Consulting

 

Cort Consulting Website: https://www.cortconsult.com/

 

Organizing for Change Website: https://organizing4change.podbean.com/

 

Organizing for Change Twitter: @organizing4chng

 

Insights from This Episode:

 

  • Big "Marijuana, Tobacco, Alcohol, Pharma" targets those strugling with a substance use disorder. Ben talks about how he as a person in recovery stood up to Big Addiction in his state......

 

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15 - Public Health and Prevention

March 27, 2018

Organizing for Change Podcast - Episode 15 Show Notes

Goal: “to equip coalitions, organizations, and individuals to bring change to their community”

 

Host, Amanda Decker joins Carol Read, Certified Prevention Specialist and former Director of the Needham Coalition for Youth Substance Abuse Prevention and a Drug Free Communities grantee to talk about the role of Public Health in Substance use prevention.

 

Welcome to Episode 015 of the Podcast: Public Health and Prevention.

 

Guest: Carol Read M. Ed., CAGS, CPS

 

Needham Public Health Substance Abuse, Prevention & Education Website:

http://www.needhamma.gov/index.aspx?NID=2124

 

Organizing for Change Website: https://organizing4change.podbean.com/

 

Organizing for Change Twitter: @organizing4chng

 

3 Insights from This Episode:

 

 

  • When communities work to reduce stigma about substance use disorder by educating the community about health, those who need treatment are more likely to get it. Carol speaks about how their community (Needham MA) worked to educate people that addiction is a disease of the brain and that the disease can be treated.  

 

 

 

  • Education alone is not enough to make change. Over the recent years, the United States has seen a dramatic decrease in tobacco use. Although many people were aware that smoking was bad for your health, that knowledge did little to change behavior. It wasn’t till there were major changes in policy (banning indoor smoking, smoking on planes, increasing taxes) that tobacco use began to decline. Carol talks about how these changes affected youth use of these products, and how communities need to continue to think of ways to limit access to youth. The community where Carol works (Needham MA) was the first to raise the age of purchasing tobacco to age 21.

 

 

 

  • Prevention of substance use doesn’t happen by engaging just one group. Carol talks about engaging different sectors of the community and educating them about what we know about substance use to encourage sectors to support policy to keep communities healthy.  A healthy fish living in a polluted pond will still be unhealthy.

 

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14 - The Faith Community and Coalition Work

February 27, 2018

Organizing for Change Podcast - Episode 14 Show Notes

Goal: “to equip coalitions, organizations, and individuals to bring change to their community”

Host, Amanda Decker joins her husband, Pastor Loren Decker of LifeHouse Church in Middleboro Massachusetts to talk about the Faith Community and working with coalitions. Pastor Loren was a founding member of Middleboro Youth Advocates, a substance use prevention coalition in Middleboro MA.  He also founded a youth mentoring agency (called the JAIRUS agency) to work with at risk youth, pairing them with mentors and meaningful community service opportunities. He also shares on this episode his encounter having dinner with the late Reverend Billy Graham and the impact Dr. Graham had on his life.

Welcome to Episode 014 of the Podcast: The Faith Community and Coalition Work

Guest: Pastor Loren Decker, Senior Pastor of LifeHouse Church, Middleboro MA

 

Organizing for Change Website: https://organizing4change.podbean.com/

Organizing for Change Twitter: @organizing4chng

 

3 Insights from This Episode:

 

  • Ask what you can do to help. Pastor Loren shares a great agenda for the faith community is to go to community leaders and ask what can be done to help. Usually community leaders are asked to help, and not offered help. Pastor Loren shares his personal story of how his agency was able to fill a need in the community by providing youth with meaningful community service opportunities.

 

  • Faith Community- You have more in common then you think. Often the faith community is hesitant to get involved with coalition work because they think they will be forced to compromise their values or change their beliefs. By asking for ways you can serve the community, you will find that there is a respect for the clergy and a willingness to work together in most communities even if there can be differences in values or beliefs.  

 

  • Coalition Community- You have more in common then you think. The coalition community can be hesitant because they think the faith community will try to push their agenda on the coalition. Research the faith leaders in your community and do some homework to find out about their beliefs and traditions. Look for things you have in common and offer to meet with them to explain the commonalities and ways you can partner together.

 

 

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