DILC and the ProblemLady; Phase 2, the activists

The Dialectic Issue LifeCycle Model (DILC) is a very cool heuristic for thinking about how some societal problems become issues, what industry does when the problems climb the political agenda and how the issues are (or aren’t) ‘resolved’.  Here’s a video starring its progenitors.  The DILC has five phases, and looks at three categories of actors in detail – those trying to get the issue onto the agenda, those trying to keep it off/to shape the problem into a soluble issue, and the state functionaries (elected and non-elected).

Last year I came up with the idea of each of these ideal types writing letters to an agony aunt during each of the phases, seeking her strategic advice.  I am posting these 15 (well, 16) letters and responses, one per day, over the next two weeks or so.

Today, Phase two, the activists.

Dear ProblemLady,

At last!  We’ve been banging away for ages. We were about to give up, but finally some journalists and funders have started “getting it.” And that big disaster may have helped focus people’s attention, it’s true.  What should we expect next?

Coalition Raising Alarm Permanently

Oh, CRAP,  be careful what you wish for.  You  will get invited to attend all sorts of panels and committees and hearings.  Because of your limited resources (how are the bake sales going, btw?) you will have to choose between being “insiders” and DOING stuff to build grassroots support, concern and capacity.  Choose wisely.

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