For the past two years, in accordance with a resolution passed at the 2012 NOW Conference, the NOW Structure Modernization Working group has developed ideas for modernizing NOW’s structure through extensive engagement with leaders at all levels of our organization.
At the 2014 Conference, we voted to set aside our usual conference agenda for the 2015 Conference, and focus on using this time to convene a strategy summit for NOW. Subsequently, the NOW Board voted to combine the strategy summit with a bylaws convention. As a result, in 2015 NOW’s membership will debate and vote on recommendations for changes in NOW’s policies and/or bylaws to modernize our organization’s structure.
In the months leading up to the 2015 Conference, the National Action Center will host a series of six webinars to lay the groundwork for this strategy summit / bylaws convention. The first webinar will provide an introduction and overview. Each of the following five webinars will cover a specific topic of focus and has a corresponding online discussion board to further facilitate debate and discussion. Each topic also has an assigned Board committee consisting of five members, one of whom is the chair, who will assist in facilitating conversations around each of these topics via phone and in-person at state and chapter meetings. For contact information for each of the committee chairs, scroll to the bottom of this page.
Please sign up to attend these webinars by using the links below, and share them widely with the activists who are a part of your state organizations and chapters. It is imperative that we engage as many of our activists as possible throughout this process so we can hear your ideas about these topics and find solutions for making NOW a more effective, efficient and impactful organization.
We look forward to seeing you at each webinar!
Terry, Chitra, & Bonnie