Presentation at the Inaugural UKAN meeting 27FEB2017
- Find your raison d’être—for me it’s science matters. Your big picture vision should anchor all your actions.
- Set a course to your destination—learn to stay on course; avoid the noisy distractions of the daily news in all its media formats.
- Do your homework—on issues BEFORE meeting with your member of government. Facts are out there; get them.
- Focus like a laser on your strategic plan—divide tasks into doable short-term actions. The devil is in the details. Start at myflorida.gov.
- If you see something that needs doing: take action. Remember, if YOU don’t do it; it may never get done.
- Use UKAN is an umbrella to collaboration with others—our job is to communicate and collaborate to magnify our actions because no one can do it alone.
- Don’t reinvent the wheel—Take advantage of existing platforms to amplify our voices at local, state, and federal levels. Thanks to the twitter feed and facebook, this can be nearly instantaneous!
- Make your message memorable—like the coconut campaign. The Keys are already distinctive, so we must take advantage of that in our messaging.
- Keep it local—governance is best the closer it gets to the people. People are motivated to action by a close, emotional connection to an issue; focus on issues currently facing the Keys.
- Focus on 20/20 vision—for a clear chance at fair, representative democracy in the future, we need to have 20/20 vision, a laser-like focus on the 2020 Census and the 2021 redistricting process!
Are you ready to take action? Let’s get started! Yes, UKAN!