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Conducting
A Successfull Grassroots
Economic Empowerment Meeting

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Creating an ACDNAC Action Plan For

Economic Empowerment Of The Black Community

 

Step 1: Identify a Leadership Team

 

Step 2: Develop a Common Vision

 

Step 3: Develop a Strategy

A. Specify Goals

B. Set Specific Benchmarks or Milestones

C. Describe Allies or Opponents

D. Identify Influential Community Leaders

E. Develop Action Steps

 

Step 4: Implement the Plan and Evaluate the Results

A. Create a Timeline

B. Measure Results

            C. Utilize Best Organizing Techniques For the Black Commmunity

            D. Develop Organizational Resources

            E. Sustain Momentum With Daily Activity

F. Expand ACDNAC's Base of Support

G.Checklist – Businesses, Churches, Clubs, Organizations, Individuals

H. Community Leaders Checklist

I.   Parents' Checklist

J.  Identify Available Financial Resources

Other Sources For
Financial Or Empowerment Support

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Holding Grassroots Empowerment Meetings

 

Convening a grassroots empowerment meeting is an important way to facilitate the economic empowerment of the Black community by funding, owning and controlling a class “C” New Age Corporation. Holding grassroots empowerment meetings allows ACDNAC  to start the conversation about the Black community’s need for economic empower; and it gives ACDNAC the opportunity to talk about the current condition and position of the Black community; as well as, where we should be headed. Empowerment meetings will give everyone a personal stake in funding the corporation as soon as possible. Empowerment meetings  include a broad range of people who can contribute their unique perspectives to the discussions. Grassroots empowerment meetings are beneficial to the Black community for a number of reasons. However, it takes careful prior planning in order to be successful.

 

1. Setting Up a Location and Time for an ACDNAC Meeting: The grassroots empowerment meeting site should be accessible and familiar to as many people as possible. Schools, recreation centers, libraries, and the town hall are good locations. Our selected sites have enough room to accommodate a large number of people and they have space for small groups to break out from the large group. The time set for the meeting is determined by the hour most likely to attract a good turnout. Early weekday evenings (around 7:00 p.m.) are the most promising.

 

We make it a practice to contact key groups in the community who also sponsor events, such as the Chamber of Commerce, the school district, the PTA, and local service groups, to make sure the meeting will not conflict with other scheduled events. We ask key groups to send a representative to the meeting, and notify their members about the meeting. We make sure to get phone numbers so we can call them to remind them to come. Once ACDNAC has set a location and time for the meeting, we make sure to provide clear written directions to meeting participants. We make sure the meeting room is set up appropriately with a  microphone and a loudspeaker system so that everybody attending will be able to hear the proceedings and we make sure someone records the meeting to review later.

 

2. Identifying Participants:  We also invite leaders from key organizations to act as spokespersons or to lead small discussion groups. We begin with the coalition of individuals and organizations that ACDNAC has developed to get the community involved in economic empowerment. ACDNAC's coalition includes representatives from at least these groups: parents, teachers, school administrators, representatives of the teachers union, religious leaders, local government officials, the local newspaper editor or publisher, business leaders, and representatives of local service and volunteer groups. We have a designated number of people personally responsible for bringing others to the meeting.

 

3. Getting the Word Out: Everybody needs to know about the empowerment meeting; when and where it will be held, what will be discussed, and why it is important to attend. We are clear about how many meetings it will take to effectively fund the corporation. The more people understand the scope of the work, the fewer surprises there will be down the road. 

 

A flyer has already been developed to distribute to community organizations. We ask schools to distribute flyers to teachers, students, and parents. We also check local newspapers and radio stations for free community bulletin boards in which ACDNAC can announce the meeting. We make sure to take advantage of the public service functions of the local media. We place an ad in the local newspaper and we fax or mail a press release to the reporter at the local newspaper and the program managers at the radio and television stations, or call them. All materials ACDNAC distributes includes the name of a contact person with a telephone number and an electronic mail address.

 

4. Developing An Effective Agenda: The agenda for ACDNAC’s empowerment  meetings is constructed in such a way that it galvanizes support for ACDNAC’s mission and we refine it where necessary. If necessary, a core group of leaders develops the agenda. ACDNAC's agenda makes the goals of the meeting clear for every participant. Each meeting deals with a specific issue because several will be needed.

 

5. Choosing a Facilitator: An organized discussion about economic empowerment will not happen spontaneously. It will be necessary to have a facilitator to help direct discussion around the issues related to the goals and the ways they apply to the Black community. The facilitator encourages audience participation. He or she ensures that no single person monopolizes the discussion and that shy people are encouraged to speak. The facilitator  brings discussions to a close and guides the audience to decisions about actions that need to be taken. Above all, ACDNAC's facilitator has a good working knowledge of Black America’s economic condition and position and the general needs and interests of the Black community.

 

6. Developing Materials: In addition to the flyers, posters, and news releases ACDNAC prepares copies of its handout and the agenda for every meeting. In some cases, a facilitator’s guide and a small-group moderator’s guide may also be necessary. The guides are made up from selected content from UICI’s temporary websites and they list questions and ideas that encourage discussions and development of plans. A record of everyone who attends any meeting is kept at the Registered office with  names, phone numbers, addresses, and electronic mail addresses.

Checklist for Holding A

Successful Grassroots Empowerment Meeting

 

Select a location that:

1.  Is familiar and accessible.

2.  Is accessible to persons with disabilities.

3.  Has large enough space for all who might attend.

4.  Has smaller rooms for break-out groups.

5.  Has visible, adequate parking.

 

Select a time that:

1.  Is convenient to most people _ usually early evening.

2.  Does not conflict with other group meetings.

 

Set up the location, and provide:

1.  Clear directions to the site and specific rooms.

2.  Chairs or tables configured to make people comfortable.

3.  On-site child care if possible.

4.  Sign-up sheet, including phone numbers to keep track of everyone who attends.

5.  Agendas, or copies of materials available to all participants.

6.  Microphones or loudspeakers to ensure that everyone can hear.

7.  Tape record the meeting.

 

Ensure good turn-out for your meeting by:

1.  Contacting other community groups about the meeting.

2.  Including a meeting notice in the local paper either on a community bulletin board or

   through a paid advertisement.

3.  Asking your local radio station(s) to make a public service announcement.

4.  Posting notices in common locations.

5.  Asking your schools to distribute a flyer to students and parents.

6.  Making team members responsible for bringing others to the meeting.

7.  Calling people to remind them to come.

 

Set the process up to succeed:

1.  Have a clear agenda and goals to accomplish.

2.  Choose an experienced facilitator(s) to lead discussion.

 

Develop materials:

1.  Create an agenda that people can keep.

2. Use ACD NAC’s current handouts.

 

Rules For Conducting Empowerment Surveys

 

Rule 1: Determine the Size and Scope of The Survey

The sample size for the survey depends largely on what you intend to do with the information. Be scientific for a definitive view of positions on an issue, or for information to be released to the public. If you want to get valid information for key subgroups, such as women vs. men or young vs. older citizens, be sure your sample group is large enough. For groups of about 400 people, survey about 150 from the subgroup; for 1,000 to 1,500, survey 250, increasing the number by 5 for each additional 100 people.

 

Rule 2: Choose a Representative Sample of the Population - In most communities it will not be possible to survey every single person. If the survey is to provide results that are generalizable to the entire community, every person in the community must have the same probability of being chosen to answer the survey. For a large community, use a random sampling by calling every 10 th, 20th, or 30th name in the telephone book.

 

Rule 3: Choose the Best Way to Collect the Information - Surveys can be conducted over the telephone or through the mail. A mailed questionnaire costs less and is far easier to conduct, though the number of people who respond is significantly lower and the results are not as reliable as phone surveys. Aim for a response rate of at least 50%. Getting this response level may require follow-up reminders. The response rate is also affected by, among other things, the length of the questionnaire, the ease of filling it out and returning it, the clarity of the questions, and the reasons given for responding.

 

Rule 4: Develop a Useful Questionnaire - The questions in a valid survey must be worded so that the answers are really meaningful. Questions should be pretested on a small group _ such as friends or family _ to see if readers understand what  the writers meant to ask. Unclear questions can yield worthless responses.

 

Biased wording also invalidates results, so emotionally loaded or slanted questions should be strictly avoided. It may be difficult to ask neutral questions _ especially when you have strong feelings on the topic _ but that is the only way to get valid information.

 

Each question also must be worded to elicit a response to one idea _ combining more than one thought in a question makes it unclear as to which thought the person is responding to. In addition to clarity and neutrality, question-writers must also consider how the answers to question will be tabulated. Responses to totally open-ended questions _ such as, “What do you think about think about Black America’s economic condition and position?” _ can be time-consuming and difficult to categorize and assess. Instead, use questions with a choice of answers and ask the reader to check one, or ask for numbered levels of agreement/disagreement “where 1 is strongly agree and 5 is strongly disagree.”

 

Rule 5: Execute and Spread the Word! Once your survey is complete, use the media to publicize the findings and other techniques. Without publicity and interpersonal communications, your valuable information might be overlooked and have a negligible impact. Make sure to preface your results with information about your methodology and sampling pool. Hold meetings to discuss the results of the survey and to plan follow-up actions.

 

Empowerment Survey Tips

 

1. Tell people why you want the information. Level with respondents about why you are asking their opinions and what use you intend to make of the answers. Explain your reasons for the survey in a letter accompanying the questionnaire.

           

2. Don’t ask too many questions. Long, involved surveys get dropped in the wastebasket. Especially in your initial efforts, ten simple questions should be plenty. Limit questions to one subject each.

 

3 Make it easy. Give simple directions and provide for simple responses, such as checking boxes or filling in spaces. Make sure the questionnaire is easy to read. Use plain type, a duplicating process that produces sharp copies, and a layout that leaves enough space between questions. Underline key words.

 

4. Publicize the survey. Let community members know that you are planning to conduct a survey and stress that its purpose is to get input from people on improving education.

 

5. Make it easy to return. Provide an addressed, postage-paid envelope along with the questionnaire.

 
Critical Mass & Sociodynamics
 
If scientist and researches are right, all that is needed is 10% of the population in any given area to desire change, then, change can happen. Critical mass = 10% of the population, according to scientists at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. The scientists found that when just 10 percent of the population holds an unshakable belief, their belief will always be adopted by the majority of the society. The scientists used computational and analytical methods to discover the tipping point where a minority belief becomes the majority opinion. {Click here to learn more}
“When the number of committed opinion holders is below 10 percent, there is no visible progress in the spread of ideas. It would literally take the amount of time comparable to the age of the universe for this size group to reach the majority,” said SCNARC Director Boleslaw Szymanski, the Claire and Roland Schmitt Distinguished Professor at Rensselaer. “Once that number grows above 10 percent, the idea spreads like flame.”There's hope yet. {Click here for Wikipedia's article on Critical Mass & Sociodynamics}
 
By: George M. Sistrunk - 3/09/16

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