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[NEW EPISODE] Getting Buy-In and Your Tech Committee
Dissent tactics. Rebellion. Resistance movement strategies. You’ve got to take risks if you want to move out of the past with fresh ideas that are supported within your org. Our 19NTC panel has examples of successful and failed risk taking. They’re Liz Polay-Wettengel with Interfaith Family and Karim Lessard from 7 Simple Machines.
Your Tech Committee
Peter Schiano and Ilene Weismehl say you need a committee to keep you alert to areas where you can better leverage technology. Your committee’s agenda includes budget, security, projects underway, and training. Peter is at Tech Impact and Ilene is with Community Catalyst.
Tony starts the show by introducing his first two guests and moving to the topic of Dissent tactics. Tony moves to Karim and asks him his definition of “buy-in”. There needs to be a true belief in what you’re pushing to get buy-in as Liz points out. Liz gives a breakdown of different dissent tactics like direct action and repetitive tactics. Liz explains using various tactics can help eventually reach a goal.
Karim explains that it takes more than tactics and tools to reach a goal, and a thought out plan is needed. Karim recalls an anecdote of a rebellion that actually turned out successful. The table comes to the principle of if you are complaining about something then you should be the one to cause change. Once your ideas are laid out it’s time to spread it and look for allies. Karim explains you need to be open to listening to those who challenge your ideas too. The final step after thinking out your plan and gathering allies is to confront the authority and present your case.
Tony kicks off this part of the show by introducing Ilene Weismehl and Peter Schiano who are here to talk about tech committees. Ilene talks about the importance of her team, and accidentally getting into the tech game. Peter talks about how the leader should have a tech background if they are going to lead the tech committee and how to handle the frequency of monthly meetings. Tony asks Ilene about prioritizing needs for the work they’re doing and using project management working groups. Peter talks about the importance of involving the whole team so everyone feels like their voice is heard.
Peter starts by talking about how you can maximize the effectiveness of the tools that you already have in your tech committee. It’s not always about doing new stuff or getting new technologies, it’s about getting the most out of what you own. Peter addresses some of the topics he will speak about in an upcoming talk. This includes security, budget, and job descriptions, which are all crucial to the development of a nonprofit. Tony asks Eileen talks about some of her plans for the future in her committee. She describes some of the policies that her committee will be implementing, which will help change the data management and culture of engagement.