Seminar "Where do we go from here?": Breaking down the model – the importance of advocacy 12.12.2009

The fourth of a nine part lecture series on Estonia and its transition took place on December 10th at Domus. In this event, Michael Gallagher discussed "advocacy" and its role in promoting societal change. As a process, advocacy has gained considerable importance in the west over the last 50 years, to the point that some people think of themselves as "change agents".  But the concept and practice of advocacy really began to take root in Estonian society only after independence. What is advocacy? Why is it important? How does it work? Can we learn how to be more effective advocates? These were the main themes for the evening, as well as a fun TED video featuring David Logan. The main conclusion - advocacy is important, and understanding how it works helps develop an appreciation for community values.