Do you know who your state Senators are? According to the Boston Globe , when the Benenson Strategy Group surveyed 1,000 people between the ages of 18 and 34, 77% could not name even one of their own state senators. Where do you stand on knowledge of your own elected officials?
As Community Sustainability Director for the Pearlstone Center, and in partnership with Interfaith Power & Light , I met with Maryland Senators to discuss the current environmental agenda and to thank them for their support on recent legislative issues. I am standing alongside Senator Ben Cardin in the picture here. In preparation for meeting for our meetings with elected officials, the team prepared for their conversation based on Wellstone's Tips for Meeting with Elected Officials.
Here is a sample ten-minute meeting agenda for meeting with elected officials:
Introductions (1 minute) – Very brief: names, organizations, and hometowns.
Meeting Overview (1 minute) – Why are you there? What do you want to talk about?
Personal Stories (2 minutes) – Why are you moved to action? Why should they act?
The “Ask” (2 minutes) – Yes or no: will they support the principles?
Strategic Response (2 minutes) – Moving supporters to champions; Undecideds to supporters; Opponents to sideline-sitters.