Tag: organizing

26
Jan

Organizing Tip of the Week – Productive Meetings

MAKING THE AGENDA: Establish goals, purpose, desired outcome(s) of meetings Involve everyone – your agenda should include time for officer reports, member input, discussion. You want to give members something to work on so they feel involved, but remember to not overwhelm them. We all love this work, but we all have different amounts of time to give. Print out

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29
Dec

Organizing Tip of the Week: Collecting Feedback

Organizing tip of the Week: Collecting Feedback One of the best ways to determine if you are doing a good job as a student organizer is to ask for feedback from your peers. Obtaining constructive feedback from your chapter members, alumni, or supporters is extremely useful and overall will help you improve your skills as an organizer. You should always

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20
Dec

Organizing Tip of the Week: Google News Alerts

One of the most integral components of being an advocate for any social cause is to remain up to date and informed on a wide array of topics related to your interests. With the nature of our chapter network, it’s important for chapters to be up to date with current events, legislation, news, or campaigns in your state or communities. With

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19
Dec

The Story of Self, Us and Now

Yesterday in the weekly SSDP/UNAM (National Autonomous University of Mexico) chapter meeting, each group member shared their story of “why” they are involved in drug policy in 2 minutes. The stories that emerged were powerful. Our UNAM students arrived to SSDP and drug policy in very different ways.  One student spoke about his fathers’ alcoholism and attending ALANON (family and friends of

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7
Dec

Organizing Tip of the Week: Email Lists

Do you wish there was some way to email everyone in your chapter at once? Email lists are a fantastic way to keep your members and supporters in the loop about what your chapter is up to and how they can get involved. Having a regularly mantained mailing list also just looks great; it lets people know that you’re serious

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2
Aug

My summer as an SSDP intern in Washington, DC

What a summer it has been interning with SSDP in our DC office.  I’ve had more fun and gained more experience than I could imagine over these two months! Whether it was helping organize the DC Vigil for the Victims of the War on Drugs in front of the White House, or attending Press Conferences with drug policy experts and celebrities, or

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15
Apr

SSDP Tip of the Week: Visibility

We’re starting a new series of blog posts aimed at helping you run successful chapters that engage in campaigns, constantly recruit new members, and become the most active and exciting groups on campus. To start things off, here’s a lesson on visibility. It might seem like a no-brainer, but if you’re not promoting your chapter’s meetings, events or campaigns, then how

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