Organizing for Change
34 - A “Bigger Table” with Jamiah Tappin & Erica Pike

34 - A “Bigger Table” with Jamiah Tappin & Erica Pike

October 29, 2019

"If you look around your dinner table and everyone looks like you, you need a bigger table." -Dr. Yvonne Spicer, Mayor of Framingham MA.

Join me as I talk with Jamiah Tappin and Erica Pike about culture, equity, and celebrating and recognizing the strength that already lies within your community.

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33 - Grief with Kevin Kadamus

33 - Grief with Kevin Kadamus

September 24, 2019

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32 - How to Talk to Generation “Z” and Other Generations

32 - How to Talk to Generation “Z” and Other Generations

August 27, 2019

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31 - Sustaining Your Efforts with Kristina Clark

31 - Sustaining Your Efforts with Kristina Clark

July 30, 2019

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30 - Vaping, Marijuana, and Teens with Pediatrician Dr. Nicholas Chadi

30 - Vaping, Marijuana, and Teens with Pediatrician Dr. Nicholas Chadi

June 25, 2019

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Bonus Episode #2 - Interview with Dr. Jeff Linkenbach

Bonus Episode #2 - Interview with Dr. Jeff Linkenbach

June 11, 2019

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29 - How to Create a Presentation Your Audience will Listen To (and Actually Remember)

29 - How to Create a Presentation Your Audience will Listen To (and Actually Remember)

May 28, 2019

Organizing for Change Podcast - Episode 29 Show Notes

 

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

 

It is amazing to continue to see this podcast grow, and that would not be possible without all of you sharing and getting the word out. Thank you so much for your support!

 

Join Us on Facebook!!

A new resource for all of you is our new FaceBook group simply called Coalition Coordinators. The group is designed as a resource for Substance Use Prevention Coalition Coordinators. We hope you join us and other Substance Use Prevention Coordinators around the globe for ideas, discussion and support!

 

Shout Out!

Shoutout to Kristen from the Lakes Area Community Coalition in Michigan for her idea to have a podcast around coalition recruitment where there is some role play around how to recruit a potential member and what are some suggestions to recruit specific sectors. I love this idea and we will follow up on it! Thanks for leaving us feedback.

 

If any of you have other suggestions for an episode, we would love to hear from you. Please join the facebook group or leave us a review on itunes! You help make this podcast a better resource!

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Host, Amanda Decker joins Jamie Comstock and Robin Carr, founders of Info Inspired.

 

Jamie and Robin have been been where you are – charged with creating presentations (written or verbal) as part of their job with no training about what makes a great presentation or keeps an audience engaged.

Their  work has been primarily in the nonprofit and public sectors.

 

Essentially, people working in the these fields are expected to accomplish a lot with very little and they’re incredibly good at it.  However, if there is one exception to this rule it’s probably in the presentation arena. We have a tendency to do things like get very excited about our data, schedule a three hour presentation to share it, and then attempt to explain it using a series of complicated graphs and hieroglyphics.  Jamie and Robin both admit, they are guilty!

 

To make a long story short, after many years of putting people to sleep with these methods, Jamie & Robin thought it was time to make some changes.  And so their journey began. Together, they have spent the last several years researching and testing ways to not only capture and hold an audience’s attention, but to inspire audiences.  They have also spent countless hours refining the presentation planning process, identifying free resources, and learning how to maximize the tools they already had. It’s also important to know they aren’t graphic designers, artists, or especially tech savvy.  Everything that they do, you can do too.

 

They say their high point – the point we knew we they on to something – was when people told them their presentation about logic models (yes, logic models) was the best presentation they’d ever seen!   And after having some presentation successes, they started to get requests to provide tips and assist others. This conversation was amazing, and I hope you find it a great resource for your work!

 

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Welcome to Episode 029 of the Podcast:

Guest: Jamie Comstock and Robin Carr, Founders- Info Inspired

 

Info Inspired Website:

http://infoinspired.us/

 

Info Inspired Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/infoinspiredus/

 

Jamie and Robin’s Contact Information:

robin@infoinspired.us

 

jamie@infoinspired.us

 

Organizing for Change Website:

https://organizing4change.podbean.com/

 

Organizing for Change Twitter:

@organizing4chng

 

Insights from This Episode:

 

Jamie & Robin Give (4) Steps to Remember when Creating a Presentation!

 

  1. Define it: First you need to define your presentation. Here are some questions to help: What is your goal? Who is your audience? What do you want them to remember?

 

  1. Refine it: Once you have defined your presentation, refine it. Brainstorm until you come up with 3-6 main key points. If you have too many points, your audience will not remember what you said. Make sure you refine your presentation to make it as concise as possible. If you don’t edit your presentation, the audience will edit it for themselves, and not in a way that you would want.
  1. Align it: Bring your content alive with stories and data, images or video. Match them to your points in a way that makes them stick. Brain science tells that we remember things that are shiny and sticky - story images video activity (make data come alive - different)

 

  1. Design it: Save your design for the last step. Jamie and Robin talk about places to get images for free to make your presentation more interesting. One helpful tip is to NEVER USE 12 point font on your powerpoint. If the audience can’t read it, don’t use it on a slide. Try your presentation out on a few people before you actually do it live. Trying it out and giving room for feedback will make your presentation better.

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28 - Facilitating Change for the Future

28 - Facilitating Change for the Future

April 30, 2019

Organizing for Change Podcast - Episode 28 Show Notes

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

 

Thank you all so much for your support!

You all have helped this show grow into reaching people in every state and now over 40 countries!

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Host, Amanda Decker joins Prevention Solutions at EDC Director, Carol Oliver.

A certified prevention specialist, Carol Oliver directs, designs, and provides substance abuse prevention training and technical assistance activities that build national capacity to advance the Strategic Prevention Framework of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

With more than 20 years of experience in the field of substance abuse prevention, Oliver specializes in translating research into innovative, evidence-based, and culturally appropriate prevention programs. She skillfully builds relationships with colleagues at the national, state, and community levels to facilitate program planning, coalition development, and training design and implementation, fostering systems-level change. Oliver is an experienced instructional designer who has developed curriculum, virtual learning events, and in-person trainings for prevention professionals across the country.

Oliver is the former manager of a Massachusetts regional substance abuse prevention center. She holds an MA in teaching from Boston University.

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Welcome to Episode 028 of the Podcast:

Guest: Carol Oliver

Prevention Solutions at EDC website: 

https://preventionsolutions.edc.org/

EDC Facebook: 

https://www.facebook.com/edc.worldwide

Carol’s Contact Information: COliver@edc.org

 

Organizing for Change Website:

https://organizing4change.podbean.com/

Organizing for Change Twitter:

@organizing4chng

 

4 Insights from This Episode:

1. Is your community ready? You may know the policy that needs to change to make things better in your community, but your community may not be ready for it. Carol talks about taking the time to do your homework, find out who the key players are, and lay the groundwork before you move forward. Make sure it’s the right time for your policy change.

2. Get fresh eyes to observe your coalition. It is always helpful to have someone who has not been part of the coalition for a long time, to give fresh perspective. Invite in other people to give you a different viewpoint. Coalitions are fluid, they are made of people, so it is important to regularly assess where your coalition is at. Coalition leaders often make the mistake of seeing the issues in their coalition and trying to fix it themselves. Carol says this often leads to more issues.

3. If you are stuck, you might be experiencing growing pains. Sometimes when a coalition is growing, it will come across as if it struggling. Carol talks about leading coalitions through a process when they seem “stuck”, but by using facilitated activities, the coalition finds its story and where it is ready to grow. Using a facilitative process helps the coalition discover the solutions they need.

4. Is your coalition ready to grow? Is your coalition ready for new members? You may think yes, but you might not actually be ready. Carol talks about helping the coalition reflect on who they are. Are they open? What kind of personalities are in the coalition? Are you a visionary? Are you a processor? Are you a doer? Check out episode 24 for more on this!

 

 

 

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27 - Using the “Feel” not Just the “Facts” to Bring Change

27 - Using the “Feel” not Just the “Facts” to Bring Change

March 26, 2019

Organizing for Change Podcast - Episode 27 Show Notes

 

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

 

Thank you all so much for your support!

You all have helped this show grow into reaching people in every state and now over 40 countries!

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Today's episode is brought to you by the Montana Institute:

http://www.montanainstitute.com/montana-summer-institute

 

There are so many reasons for HOPE! This year the theme for the annual MONTANA SUMMER INSTITUTE is Reasons for HOPE: Building Positive, Healthy, Resilient Communities.

 

This fantastic event will be held June 25th-28th in Big Sky, Montana. Participants will hear Dr. Jeff Linkenbach and the dynamic Montana Summer Institute faculty  share cutting-edge science, tools and resources for building healthy, resilient communities. The 2019 Institute will focus on how Science of the Positive, Positive Community Norms, and Health Outcomes from Positive Experience (H.O.P.E) are creating new opportunities in prevention and driving community transformation on a wide range of health and safety issues.

 

Join them in Big Sky to learn how positive, norms-based approaches can power up your public health and prevention practices, improve your leadership skills, and increase the effectiveness and sustainability of your projects.

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Host, Amanda Decker joins Mercer County WV, Commissioner, Greg Puckett.

A native southern West Virginian with a passion for prevention, Greg Puckett has worked tirelessly to bring special projects and initiatives to the area in the hopes of preventing the use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs amongst youth.

 

As Executive Director of Community Connections, a community based 501(c)(3) non-profit, he advocates for strong public policy, and leads others to combat the addiction epidemic and community revitalization/stabilization efforts. He currently serves on several state committees including the Governor’s Committee on Crime, Delinquency and Corrections: Juvenile Justice Subcommittee, and serves on the Board of Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA), where he is a past recipient of CADCA’s National Advocate of the Year award.  In 2010, Puckett also assisted CADCA in securing funds to host the first-ever, statewide National Youth Leadership Initiative.

 

On this episode we discuss changing the look of a community to change how people act in the community, the importance of the media and the value of having coalition "events".

 

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Welcome to Episode 027 of the Podcast:

 

Guest: Greg Puckett, County Commissioner, Mercer County, WV

 

CADCA Website:

https://www.cadca.org/team/gregory-puckett

 

Greg Puckett Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/gregpuckettwv

 

Greg’s Contact Information: Greg.puckett@mercercountywv.org

 

Organizing for Change Website:

https://organizing4change.podbean.com/

 

Organizing for Change Twitter:

@organizing4chng

 

4 Insights from This Episode:

 

 

  • Community Coalitions have a lifespan. Don’t keep a coalition going “just because”. Greg explains how his coalition became stale and stagnant. The group had done some significant work in the community and now did not have new momentum for the future. The coalition was shut down, and a new coalition emerged within 6 months and was energized to take on new initiatives to reduce substance use.

 

  

  • Understand the culture of your community, not just the statistics. If you can change the way a community looks, you can change the way a community feels, and if you change the way it feels, you will change the way it acts.

 

 

 

  • Speak “Hope” into your community. Change starts with you. Take some time as a coalition to think about what each of you are saying about your community. Are you reinforcing the positive or the negative?

 

“If you want disease in your community, promote disease, but if you want hope, promote hope” -Dr. Jeff Linkenbach

 

 

  • Events are not evil.Policy work can take a long time and although it is the most effective in reducing substance use, it can be tough for people to stay involved in your coalition during the process. Holding events that rally the community together and keep them engaged, can bring momentum to your coalition and keep the work moving forward.

 

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26 - Why Does It Matter?

26 - Why Does It Matter?

February 26, 2019

Organizing for Change Podcast - Episode 26 Show Notes

 

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

 

Host, Amanda Decker joins Jason Anderson, trainer for the Montana Institute. Upon his discharge from the United States Army, Jason obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice (Minor in Psychology) at Moorhead State University. He has worked in the field of probation since 1998 – spending a decade as an adult felony probation/parole agent and 5 years as an Evidence-Based Practices project manager/trainer for the MN Dept. of Corrections.

 

Jason became the Director of the Itasca County Probation Department in 2013. In addition to his duties as a probation officer and manager, he has served as a trainer of various topics including Motivational Interviewing since 2001. He is an active member of 2 school-based substance abuse prevention coalitions in his community.

 

Jason began curriculum development and training delivery for The Montana Institute in 2016. A father of 2 boys (ages 15 and 17), he enjoys spending time outdoors with his family, singing in his church choir, community theater and running an occasional race.

 

On this episode we talked about the reason why we do this work.

 

Why does your why matter? Jason breaks down discovering your why and how it can motivate your community to change. We also talked about changing our approach in communication to create change in your community.

 

This is one of my all time favorite episodes and I think it will be one of yours too.

 

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Welcome to Episode 026 of the Podcast:

 

Guest: Jason Anderson

 

Montana Institute Website:

http://www.montanainstitute.com/

 

Organizing for Change Website:

https://organizing4change.podbean.com/

 

Organizing for Change Twitter:

@organizing4chng

 

3 Insights from This Episode:

 

 

  • Your Why Matters. Most people are not motivated by facts, they are motivated by an emotional tug. This is why your “why” matters. If your coalition is stuck, remind them of the why. If you are stuck, remind yourself of the why. It’s not always about “what is in it for us.”
  • Appreciate and Understand Someone Else’s Perspective. Even though you may disagree with someone else’s perspective, it is important to have empathy and understand where someone is coming from. Just being willing to hear where someone is coming from and to express and acknowledge their perspective, can open the door for communication.

 

 

 

  • Don’t Be the Expert. We obviously know a lot about our field, or we wouldn’t be in it. But, our attitude of approach matters. If we come across as the “expert”, people tend to be defensive and shut down. Instead, Jason talks about having a curiosity and engaging people in the solution as a better method and approach to getting results.

 

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