Amplifying Your Message
Opposing forces have multiplied
You need force multipliers
Today's marketplace of ideas is hyper-competitive with citizens and political leaders being constantly barraged with conflicting calls to action. You simply cannot break through or gain an edge without multiplying your impact. This necessitates a multi-faceted strategy that builds both a broad coalition to apply public pressure together with sustained direct contact with key decision makers. Applying experiences from beating the 1/100 odds by defeating an incumbent Congressman and now leading the world's first and foremost school of applied politics, Professor Kennedy provides insights into engaging in the public debate in a manner that moves the dial in your direction.
Advocating in the United Kingdom
Photo: With Lord Borwick on balcony of Westminster Palace
December 12, 2014
It was wonderful to lead a course in London on Advocating in the United Kingdom. The course included visits to the U.S. Embassy, lectures at the London School of Economics and Oxford University, a Member of the House of Lords, a Shadow Minister from the House of Commons, panels with corporate public affairs executives, NGO representatives, journalists, and visits with public affairs firms.
The Promise and Peril of Falling Oil Prices
Foreign Policy - Opinion Piece
Photo (© Kennedy) - San Sebastian, Spain
December 5, 2014
"The 40 percent fall in oil prices since June will significantly reduce the coffers of oil producing states and oil companies while boosting other countries and corporate bottom lines. That is clear on its face, but they're not the only ones with something to lose or gain from the oil market.
Many shapeholders — the political, regulatory, media, and activist actors that may have little or no stake in an organization's success, but nevertheless shape, constrain or expand its opportunities and risks have seen a shift in their opportunities. One of these actors, OPEC, contributed to falling oil prices by deciding to keep production constant. Let's briefly review the changes impact on three other shapeholders."
Making Associations Work
Meeting with Independent Community Bankers Association
December 4, 2014
It was a great opportunity for my students from George Washington University's Graduate School of Political Management to better understand the role of associations in making democracy work by receiving a briefing from the staff of the Independent Community Bankers Association.
Making Congress Work
Hands On Tour of the U.S. Capitol
December 3, 2014
It was wonderful to give students from George Washington University's Graduate School of Political Management a hands on tour of the U.S. Capitol to give them a sense of what is really required to make democracy work.