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Courtyard café: Building the BC Greens family

 

Summary:

  • Principled party foundations
  • Enhanced fundraising capacity
  • Greater staff resources dedicated to providing services from the provincial office
  • Ensuring convention is economically and physically accessible
  • Maintain stability in the provincial office. Develop succession plan

 

  • Principled party foundations:
    • Banning big money
    • Evidence-based decision-making
    • Long-term thinking versus election cycle
    • Clear statement of values
    • Non-whipped votes
  • Enhanced fundraising capacity
  • Greater staff resources dedicated to providing services from the provincial office
  • Ensuring convention is economically and physically accessible
  • Maintain stability in the provincial office
    • Develop succession plan

 

Summary:

  • Growing interest in the party, but there’s not always jobs immediately available for volunteers
  • Some volunteers are highly engaged, but in danger of burnout
  • Provide a structured approach to onboarding volunteers
  • Ensure there is an activity for the volunteer to do
  • Provide appropriate supports

 

  • Growing interest in the party, but not always jobs immediately available for volunteers
  • Some volunteers highly engaged but danger of burnout
  • Competing for people’s time
  • Difficult to get volunteers if they don’t know about the organization

Recruiting volunteers

  • People do what they like to do
  • Encourage the leader in the volunteer. Create space for them to be a leader
  • Have co-chairs to split the workload
  • Removal of barriers
  • Build a community
  • Ask new volunteer to bring a friend
  • Develop team building processes
  • When you make the ask for a volunteer, you need to make sure there is an activity for the volunteer to do
  • Need to build relationships
  • Provide physical and emotional support for volunteers ex. social events, food
  • Hold workshops for volunteers
  • Avoid being “politically in your face”
  • Provide a structured approach to onboarding volunteers

 

Summary:

  • Growing number of organized riding associations (RAs)
  • Three staff dedicated to field and RA development.
  • Goal of RAs is to build a community with common interests
  • Connect RAs with other Greens in the riding by providing list of members
  • Identify clear roles and responsibilities
  • Enhance data access to give insight into our local voters and demographic base

 

  • Growing number of organised riding associations (RAs)
  • Three staff dedicated to field and RA development.
  • Reluctance to fundraise
  • Goal of RAs is to build a community with common interests
  • Look to the 100 year goal, long-term change in community not just the next election battle
  • The party has vision and mission statements, RAs don’t need separate ones

Developing stronger riding associations

  • Connect RAs with other Greens in the riding by providing list of members
  • Identify clear roles and responsibilities are critical
  • Establish team improvement goals
  • Enhance data access to give insight into our local voters/demographic base
  • Provide help and resources on how to reach and communicate with target voters in apartments and condos
  • Provide training on how to build community engagement and how to seek input on issues versus speaking on issues
  • The provincial office should do more to help the building RAs to grow develop

 

Summary:

  • Caucus has shown that politics can be done differently:
  • Caucus has played an effective role shaping better policy through CASA
  • Caucus has conducted themselves with integrity
  • Need to get more MLAs to strengthen caucus

 

Caucus has shown that politics can be done differently

  • Independence
  • Non-whipped votes
  • Culture/process of rational decision making
  • Integrity/transparency of decision-making

Caucus has played an effective role shaping better policy through CASA

  • Lobby reform
  • Legislation to ban big money
  • Influence on CleanBC
  • Salmon
  • Benefit corporations legislation
  • Ride Hailing

Caucus has conducted themselves with integrity

  • Collaborative approach
  • Trust building
  • Long-term focus
  • Willingness to stand for principles ex. LNG

Strengthening caucus

  • Get more MLAs elected!
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