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1 OR Advocates Academy November 9, 2010 Message Box Training Patrick Bresette – Public Works: the D ē mos Center for the Public Sector D ē mos: A Network for Ideas & Actionwww.demos.orgwww.demos.org

2 The Message Box A tool to keep you “on message” Helps distill your key arguments to the ones you need to repeat over and over. Keeps you focused on Level One Values and Solutions Gives you the “cheat sheet” for interviews and debates. The place you bridge and pivot back to from hard questions and damaging frames.

3 Vision Values SolutionProblem

4 Vision A clear statement of the problem you are trying to address in a way that everyone can see their stake in addressing the issue. The solution you are proposing and the principles or outcomes it is designed to achieve. The Level One Values that underpin the challenge and your proposed solution. The answer to the “why does it matter” question. Values SolutionProblem Your vision for the community, state, society. A sense of the purpose and goal that drives you to seek the change you are working for. Your aspiration and inspiration.

5 Vision Stable housing is an essential component in preventing recidivism. Yet landlords are prevented from renting to a person with a criminal history because current legal practices support making landlords liable if a tenant commits a crime. In order to reduce crime in our communities, landlords should have protection when they rent to someone who has paid their debt to society. We can return the fairness to the civil process by holding criminal responsible for their own behavior and protecting landlords by limiting their civil liability if their tenant re-offends. Fairness, justice, redemption, safety Values SolutionProblem Keep our communities safe by ensuring people have the tools they need to come home and return to a productive life.

6 Vision Our criminal justice system focuses most of it energy and resources on locking up those who commit crimes and too little on helping them become productive citizens again and prepare them for returning to our communities. Investing in re- entry services and supports is proven to actually make our communities safer. It costs less than locking people up and helps those who have committed crimes in the past to become productive members of our communities again. Justice, redemption, security, opportunity Values SolutionProblem We want communities that are safe and secure and offer opportunities for all people to live and work together peaceably. Justice means the fair and moral treatment of all people – both those who have been wronged by crimes and those who have paid their dues to society and seek the opportunity to return to community life.

7 Vision The Great Recession has left too many of our families, communities and businesses struggling at the same time that it has decimated all of our state revenue sources. There is no simple answer to the budget crisis we face. Everything must be on the table. We need to look hard at both how we spend money and how we raise it. We all have a stake and we all must be part of the solution. Protection, Future, Shared Well-Being, Opportunity Values SolutionProblem The decisions we make today will shape our state for years to come. If we want an Oregon that offers opportunity for all its citizens we must be come together to create that future now. In the coming legislative session we must deal with the state budget in a way that protects our future, builds jobs and opportunities and protects those hardest hit by the economic downturn. These are the principles that will help us uphold Oregon values

8 Bridging and Pivoting One of the important uses of the message box is to help you stay off of the opponents turf and keep you from answering inside the “bad” frames about your issue. A technique to help you do this is called bridging, or pivoting. As in bridging from one side of the argument to another. Never repeat a damaging frame Useful bridging and pivoting phrases: Do not repeat the bad frame.

9 Bridging and Pivoting One of the important uses of the message box is to help you stay off of the opponents turf and keep you from repeating damaging frames in the questions you receive. A technique to help you do this is called bridging, or pivoting; as in bridging from one side of the argument to another. Useful bridging and pivoting phrases: –“Actually...” –“That’s a good question. (pause) Here’s how I think about this issue...” –“The real question is...”

10 Do not Repeat a Damaging Frame! Q: Our Criminal Justice system needs to be focused first and foremost on locking up criminals, not providing them all sorts of expensive services. Why should we spend any money on people who have broken the rules? A: Its true that we all want to make sure that dangerous criminals are locked up. But most of the people in prison today are going to be released into our communities at some point. We should at least make sure they can do that without returning to a life of crime.

11 Using the Message Box Q: Our Criminal Justice system needs to be focused first and foremost on locking up criminals, not providing them all sorts of expensive services. Why should we spend any money on people who have broken the rules? A: (Values) Justice means the fair and moral treatment of all people – both those who have been wronged by crimes and those who have paid their dues to society and seek to return to community life. Providing people with the tools they need to re-enter our communities successfully is the smart and just thing to do.

12 Using the Message Box Q: Reentry services might nice if we had any money in the state budget but right now we need to focus our resources on the core mission of the criminal justice system – keep us safe and criminals out of our communities. A:If the core mission of the criminal justice system is to keep us safe then one of the most effective things we can do is to make sure that people leaving prison have the supports and supervision they need to succeed in becoming productive members of our communities. Not only is this the right thing to do it is actually cheaper in the long run then building more prisons.

13 Practice Four steps: Fill out a message box on an issue or policy you work on. Share your message box with your partners for feedback and modify based on comments. Prepare three hard questions about each others’ issues. Role play Q&A with the questions, using the message box to keep your answers “on message.”

14 Resources Wallack, Lawrence, Katie Woodruff, Lori Dorfman and Irene Diaz, Using Pivot Phrases in News for A Change: An Advocate's Guide to Working With the Media, Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, The FrameWorks Institute E-Zine on Bridging /files/eZines/bridging_ezine.pdf /files/eZines/bridging_ezine.pdf


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