I had a chance to talk to the guest speaker, Deborah Weinstein, of the Coalition on Human Needs about what areas still need to be developed in the world of non-profits and aid organizations. The biggest issue we saw is accessibility of information.
For our purposes, "accessible" can be defined in two ways:
1a: of being reached also being within reach b : easy to communicate or deal with
2: capable of being understood or appreciated
These definitions translate into the following questions that must be answered to effectively build grassroots coalitions and change
1. How effective are we at getting out the word about our most important issues, services offered and ways to help?
2. Is the information we are sending out easily understood by people of all races, classes, genders?
5 weeks down and 5 more weeks to go of research!