Lobbying and advocacy in the spotlight

Most associations and charities are represented by their senior leaders rather than ex-politicians within professional lobbying firms, and so the code of conduct may not apply directly to your organisation, however, it would be prudent to monitor the debate on the revised code to see what implications may arise for your advocacy work. 

Trust in the 21st Century

‘Trust’ is a concept with which associations and charities have had a long and close relationship.  The professions, in particular, have long recognised that the asymmetry of knowledge between practitioners and their clients/patients places a special ethical burden on them to always act with the interests of their clients as their top priority.  Regrettably, some… Continue reading Trust in the 21st Century

Seeking (policy) truth in a post-truth world

Progressive thinkers have given us valuable insights into the concept of ‘relative truth’, but we sometimes need to be reminded that not all truths are relative.  Regrettably, certain forces have co-opted the recognition of relative truth to label all truth as a personal matter, so that we now find inconvenient truths are labelled as ‘your… Continue reading Seeking (policy) truth in a post-truth world

Are you a ‘policy worker’?

The policy role within not-for-profit (NFP) organisations is a highly significant one, and yet the role and duties of policy workers are not well recognised or defined. Role Titles Who does the policy work in your organisation?  What is the nature of that work, and how does it relate to your organisation’s purpose? Some larger… Continue reading Are you a ‘policy worker’?

About ‘Taking care of the present’

This blog title was borrowed from a comment by one of the greatest change agents of the modern era, Mahatma (Mohandas Karamchand) Gandhi. He said: “I do not want to foresee the future.  I am concerned with taking care of the present“. His point of course, was that all we ever have to work in is… Continue reading About ‘Taking care of the present’