20 Questions: Advocacy

  1. What social condition(s) are we trying to shift?
  2. What change will positively influence this social condition?
  3. What is the specific ask?
  4. Are there any acceptable alternatives to this ideal solution?
  5. What will be the result of making such a change for the community overall and in the lives of individual people?
  6. What are the financial, environmental, and human costs and benefits of making such a change?
  7. What stories illustrate the need for this change?
  8. What data support the need for this change?
  9. What visuals can be used to communicate the need for this change?
  10. What structural obstacles are preventing this change from taking place?
  11. What personal or organizational resistance exists toward this change?
  12. What are the values and priorities of the decision makers that we need to influence?
  13. What other individuals and groups are working on this issue?
  14. Who else cares about this issue and why is it important to them?
  15. How will we engage others in our advocacy efforts?
  16. What key messages do we need to share?
  17. Who needs to hear our key messages?
  18. How will we communicate our key messages?
  19. How will we prepare others to be effective advocates for our cause?
  20. How will we strategically time our advocacy campaign?

One thought on “20 Questions: Advocacy

  1. fetalsonosafety says:

    This looks fun.

    What social condition(s) are we trying to shift?
    I want to combat the misconception that prenatal sonography is completely safe.

    What change will positively influence this social condition?
    Raised consumer awareness or better publicized research findings.

    Are there any acceptable alternatives to this ideal solution?
    More safe and effective imaging tools, better education for practitioners…

    What will be the result of making such a change for the community overall and in the lives of individual people?
    I’m concerned that ultrasonography could be promoting developmental disorders in the public. It is my hope that with increased awareness of valid research findings that people will be able to enact better informed consent, and hopefully this will benefit their families’ health in the future.

    What are the financial, environmental, and human costs and benefits of making such a change?
    Less baby pictures for the sake of taking pictures? Business costs because less profits.. that’s really why it’s become so widespread in the first place.

    What stories illustrate the need for this change?
    This whole mess with Monsanto worldwide protests because of fears that GMO could be causing harm shows how important it is to know what’s going into our bodies and how it affects us.

    What data support the need for this change?
    Numerous side effects studies, really crappy safety regulations, glaring holes in research into how ultrasound affects human development, and no dose data collected by sonologists.

    What visuals can be used to communicate the need for this change?
    Pictures of how mice brains get disturbed by ultrasound? It’s “a” picture, but it takes education to really understand it… I wish it was something easier to see with the naked eye.

    What structural obstacles are preventing this change from taking place?
    Nothing structural..

    What personal or organizational resistance exists toward this change?
    Ultrasound regulatory groups are monetarily tied to the sale and use of ultrasound machines. Therefore, they do not fund research into side effects because it could be used to lower their profits. Most all research into these fields are supported by independent researchers who are not afraid of career suicide.

    What are the values and priorities of the decision makers that we need to influence?
    Human health > profit

    What other individuals and groups are working on this issue?
    Mostly only people from outside ultrasound research… neuropathologists etc.

    Who else cares about this issue and why is it important to them?
    I think that if more people knew about this topic many would jump on board.

    How will we engage others in our advocacy efforts?
    Just spread awareness. That’s why I made http://www.fetalsonosafety.com — the science is self evident.

    What key messages do we need to share?
    Ultrasound has developmental side effects. Don’t get a lot of sonograms until more research is performed.

    Who needs to hear our key messages?
    Parents worldwide.

    How will we communicate our key messages?
    The internet!

    How will we prepare others to be effective advocates for our cause?
    Spread awareness, talk about it, empower parents to fight coercion into getting more sonograms because the doctor wants it.

    How will we strategically time our advocacy campaign?
    It will take a lot of time to promote this kind of awareness. Hopefully, with the whole Monsanto mess, people will be more open minded towards their own healths during this time period.

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