The State of the Single-Payer Movement and Movement Action Planning

Date and Time:
Saturday May 22, 10:15-11:15AM, Quest Business & Conference Center, Columbus, OH

Presenter: Benjamin Day, Executive Director, Healthcare-NOW!

Notes from Conference Participants:

Figuring out how to evaluate the progress of a social movement, we started with a discussion of the differences between campaigns and social movements. These are the whiteboard notes from peoples' comments:

Campaigns Social Movements
Passion for pay From the heart
Short-term goals Bottom-up
Have money Affects all society
Top down Continuous process
More focused Emerge out of precipitating event
Depends on resources Success depends on resources
Lobbyists Morality theme
Paid staff Ongoing battle
Adversarial Mostly volunteers
More outcomes-based Addresses systemic issues

Slideshows, Photos, and Video:

Full video of the keynote:

"State of the Single-Payer Movement & Movement Action Planning" slideshow (click image to download as a Powerpoint file):


Graph of the 8 Stages of Social Movements (click to download as a PDF):


Additional article:
"The Movement Action Plan: A Strategic Framework Describing the Eight Stages of Successful Social Movements", by Bill Moyer, Spring 1987.

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