We have covered many aspects of the complex relationship between the federal government, the local Puerto Rican government, and the private sector throughout this Teach-Out. We encourage you to focus on an aspect of policy that you’d like to influence, and consider the most effective approach to making an impact.

If you’ve participated in previous Teach-Outs, you may recognize our “Five Elements of Effective Advocacy”. This is a concise approach to identifying your message and making impact.

Five Elements of Effective Advocacy

  1. What is your goal? The most important step in any advocacy strategy is clarifying your goal.
  2. Who are the key decision makers? If you’re participating from the U.S., click here to identify your Senators, and click here to identify your Representatives.
  3. Can you identify a champion? This is a person who is inside the process, and who will advance your goal internally. You might consider connecting with an expert or someone who is already working on poverty solutions or economic issues.
  4. Can you build out a coalition? Who are the other people or organizations that are interested in basic income share your goal? You may find them by sharing your opinion or looking for local organizations.

What is your message? How can you and your coalition share this message? Who should you share it with?

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