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Action Steps: Cards vs. Screens

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As a session adjourned at a recent international online student summit, I saw many adults sharing their business cards. By contrast, the youth participants connected by sharing the screen on their smartphone, tablet or computer.

It became clear to me that business cards are slowly but surely going out of style. They are being replaced by electronic means such as exchanging email addresses or Twitter handles, leaving the small slices of card stock loaded with contact information behind.

Some may explain this as a generational issue as people build on habits that have proven successful. However, as advocacy moves to more multi-generational strategies we need to ensure we use effective and efficient ways of taking action and staying connected.

What really matters however is the action step or steps that each individual, groups, networks and/or organizations take. The ability to form and sustain collective advocacy depends on our interactions with and trust we have in others.

As we collectively advocate for positive change in our schools, our communities, our nation, our world and ourselves we must ensure that we determine the best ways to:
  • Share information about ourselves and our attributes
  • Develop strategies to maximize our individual and group strengths
  • Sustain a sense of belonging and connectedness
  • Focus on impacts that are frequently measured
  • Commit to continuous improvement to make mid-course corrections to our advocacy
Sticking with habits that make us comfortable, as we collaborate with others, often increases the gaps between us. Discovering and implementing interventions based on the five strategies above narrows the divide and leads to collective progress and success.

About the author: Terry Pickeral, president Cascade Educational Consultants has extensive experience in policy development, advocacy, education reform, youth leadership, teaching and learning strategies, education collaborations and civic development. His commitment is to ensuring schools create and sustain quality teaching and learning environments for all students to be successful in school and contribute to their communities as active principled citizens.


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