Thank you for participating in the National MS Society’s 2015 Public Policy Conference (PPC)!
Follow up with congressional offices
Be sure to thank your members of Congress if they have supported $10 million for the MS Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program (CDMRP), supported $32 billion for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and/or have cosponsored the neuro data and complex rehab bills. We are currently also making a push for cosponsors for the Neuro Data and Complex Rehab bills--so if your members have NOT cosponsored them yet, ask them to!
A call was held on Friday, April 10 at 3 PM eastern (2 PM central, 1 PM mountain, Noon Pacific, 11 AM Alaska, 10 AM Hawaii) to celebrate the impact MS activists during the 2015 Public Policy Conference and discuss next steps for activists to take. The call was recorded and can be listened to by dialing the number below; the presentation slides are also below to follow along with.
Your story is a unique and powerful advocacy tool – perhaps the most powerful tool you possess. With the Public Policy Conference just one short week away, get ready to leverage your story to fuel impact! Together with Brad Fitch of the Congressional Management Foundation we are presenting “Crafting Stories to Win the Hearts, Minds and VOTES of Lawmakers.” Please watch this short video by Brad Fitch and begin your journey through the seven elements of storytelling:
1. “The Want” – Beginning with the end in mind
2. “The Opening” – Set the state and establish the stakes
3. “Paint the Picture” – Details and the senses
4. “The Struggle” – Describe the challenge(s)
5. “Discovery” – Provide interesting and impactful facts
6. “We Can Win!” – Introduce the potential of success and joy
7. “The Button” – Finish with the request
The following worksheet will also guide you through the storytelling process. Storytelling is a life-long advocacy tool that you can use for in-district visits, in your statehouses, in letter-writing campaigns, and so much more!
Click here to read MS Activist Robert Taylor’s story as an example.