Many of you have expressed appreciation for my blog posts sub titled: Tips for Solution Based Advocacy.  In response to your question: What is solution based advocacy? I offer the following working definition.   I acknowledge David Beers who gave me the idea. David is the Founding Editor of The Tyee (http://thetyee.ca/Bios/David_Beers/ ) and teaches at UBC's School of Journalism where he coined the phrase – solution oriented journalism.  Seemed like a concept worth borrowing.

Solution Based Advocacy- working definition

  • Proposes not opposes – the focus is on workable solutions
  • Believes in ethical decision making – understands the vast majority of issues are not: either/or; black/white;we/they but lie in the gray area in between.  Ethical decision making helps sort out competing principles and values
  • Accepts complexity: the complex environment that problems and challenges arise from; the complex systems we have created; the complex people we all are
  • Practices civility and respect rather than righteousness indignation
  • Strengthens relationships at the same time as it seeks solutions
  • Attacks the problem not the character of individuals
  • Is anchored by values of social and economic justice, not ideology or partisanship.

I'd appreciate your feedback on this definition which I will incorporate into a revised one.  And count on future Tips to expand on the points above.

NOTE: This the first in a regular series entitled Tips for Solution Based Advocacy. Click on the Advocacy category on the right hand side of your screen to see the whole series.  And please do share and circulate if you enjoy them.