Thursday April 12th 2012 – 7PM.
Topic - The OAS & Advocacy - Morgan Tamplin -Director of Heritage Advocacy
Question - Can OAS Chapters operate comfortably with the following definition of advocacy as part of their role?
Advocacy (From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)
is a political process by an individual or a large group which normally aims to influence public-policy and resource allocation decisions within political, economic, and social systems and institutions; it may be motivated from moral, ethical or faith principles or simply to protect an asset of interest. Advocacy can include many activities that a person or organization undertakes including media campaigns, public speaking, commissioning and publishing research or poll or the 'filing of friend of the court briefs'. Lobbying (often by lobby groups) is a form of advocacy where a direct approach is made to legislators on an issue which plays a significant role in modern politics. Research is beginning to explore how advocacy groups use social media to facilitate civic engagement and collective action.
Interesting topic last night on this topic. In some ways more questions than answers. Among the topics examined and in no particular order: litigation, metaldetecting, conflicting views and concerns of the various types of members of the the OAS, municipal heritage policies without plans, the will to enforce, the relationship of chapters to the provincial body of the OAS, lobbying, linkage with other heritage community groups to amplify influence, Planning Act vs Heritage Act vs Cemeteries Act, upcoming legislation changes and the regulation changes that follow in the wake of the new laws, community cable tv local programming opportunities to raise local public awareness, communication among chapters, speed of communication and response in urgent advocacy moments, social networking changing the game, OAS policy, guidelines, individual expression of concern, influencing the changes to legislation and to regulations, and a lot more.
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