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With a deep connection to the region, Mountain West Strategies combines local and state-level knowledge of the lands and resources, politics, and stakeholders with a strong understanding of conservation and progressive issues.
The North Fork Seed Library Spring is approaching and it’s time to start plotting your garden. First, what are you hoping to grow? A specific variety of squash or particular heirloom okra? Whatever it may be, the Hotchkiss Seed Library probably has it! They have a vast array of seeds to peruse that any library more »
Fracking in the North Fork Valley by Eugenia Bone – Colorado Farm & Food Alliance When I told friends in New York that my husband and I had bought a ranch in Colorado, I was surprised to discover how many had fantasized about living out west. I didn’t realize that even the most citified among them more »
Localvores, Pick Up Your Forks! Oil and Water Don’t Mix By @ColoFarmFood, crossposted at ColoradoPols.com Attention has been focused on Denver, as Governor Hickenlooper’s Oil and Gas Task Force finishes its work, mostly avoiding the contentious issues that surround the industrial realities of oil and gas—noise, pollution, traffic, and impacts to land and existing uses—which led to its formation more »
By Courtney Mullin Rocky Mountain Sandhill Cranes have been traveling almost the same migratory route for thousands of years along the Rocky Mountain Range. Over 20,000 of them winter in Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico, and make their way north as the weather warms. One of their first stops is the Monte more »
@PKolbenschlag The wires are abuzz about the latest example of fossil fuel influence attempting to bend science, another Climate Change Denialist hero has been shown as seriously besotted by sooty cash, but failed to note the connection. His ‘science’ was—in fact—“deliverables” to dirty energy powerhouses, from utilities, coal, oil and gas, the Kochs. Meanwhile in western Colorado, more »
Cesar Chavez – “We don’t organize to educate. We educate to organize.” Sweet Victory! Think you need a stop sign on the corner? Want to stop a fracking waste pit? Homeowners’ board giving you trouble? Then you might be considering how to develop an ‘advocacy campaign.’ Boiled down, an advocacy campaign is a methodical and more »
“To see things in the seed, that is genius.” Lao Tzu In its simplest sense an advocacy campaign is a methodical, strategic effort to convince a decision-maker to make a specific decision by a certain deadline. It involves a campaign goal (as described above), strategic objectives, development of tactics and anticipated outcomes, campaign more »
So you’re ready for some change? What To Do Now? If you have decided to develop an advocacy campaign, you might be wondering what happens next. The tangible result of campaign development is the campaign plan, its product is the functional campaign itself, and its purpose is to reach the campaign goal. The campaign plan is thus made more »
Crafting the Winning Campaign Sometimes we have to show up. For whatever reasons, there we are facing the prospects of developing an advocacy campaign. Where do we start? In the three-part Advocacy Campaign workshop series, the Art of Advocacy starts with some ideas on what makes a successful campaign. Overview to Campaign Development follows with basics of campaign more »
Mountain West Strategies, Ltd.
Office at The Hive, 130 Grand Ave
PO Box 1864
Paonia, CO 81428
Pete Kolbenschlag Owner & Principal
Founder Pete Kolbenschlag has over 20 years experience crafting, running, and winning successful issue campaigns, including media relations, campaign development, grassroots response, event planning, and strategic research.
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