REAL DIAPER ASSOCIATION AND LOCAL ADVOCACY
A New Approach. Real Diaper Association is
changing our approach to leadership and to local Real Diaper Circles.
As so many volunteers have gone through the training process in the past six
months, we have listened to your comments and we have decided to refine the
training as well as the Circles that result.
Local Leaders. To encourage local organizing, we
want to train local organizers, but it has also become clear that not all
who want to be involved locally need the same type of training.
We have loosened up and expanded our vision of local cloth diapering
advocacy and our training plans to accommodate your variety.
You Are the Expert. Only you know how best to
advocate cloth diapers in your area. If you need advice or
encouragement, come to us. An RDA organizer may speak to you or ask
you to speak with another RDA Leader whose experience might help you.
If you want publicity, come to us. Make suggestions. If you want
to get on with putting more babies in cloth diapers, do it. We
encourage local activism, whether under the Real Diaper Association or not.
You will find below details of our new program for
leadership training and for local Real Diaper Circles. [Please note:
These guidelines are written in the feminine. Not only women may
advocate cloth diapers, but our experience so far suggests that most local
advocates will be women. All are welcome.]
REAL DIAPER CIRCLE LEADERS
When a member of Real Diaper Association volunteers to be a Real Diaper Circle Leader, the RDA Leader liaison will contact that leader in training to find out about their vision for local advocacy. Their own vision will determine their appropriate training.
A Real Diaper Circle Leader represents RDA locally. In
addition to personal preparations, every RDA accredited Leader must also
meet several specific requirements.
- Full-time usage of cloth diapers on own children for at least one year.
- Demonstrate support for and dedication to the RDA mission.
- Organized and responsible.
- Respectful and enthusiastic when dealing with people
- Group leading and fundraising experience are a plus, but are not required.
- After expressing an interest, volunteers will apply to begin
leadership training by submitting an application.
- A Leader in training must be a current RDA member.
- A Leader in training must live within the U.S. or Canada. For those outside the U.S. or Canada, we strongly encourage you to work locally and start similar local organizations
- Leaders in training will prepare to practice Nonviolent Communication by
reading Marshall Rosenberg's book by that name. RDA will provide a
reading guide with questions, many of which are specific to situations you
might encounter in a local diapering group.
- Leaders in training will have a series of interviews, by e-mail and by
phone, with an RDA organizer. The leader and the organizer will decide
together what will be the appropriate plan for her training.
- When a Leader in training has met the agreed upon requirements, she will
have a final interview and may become accredited as a Real Diaper Circle
- There is no fee associated with Real Diaper Circle leadership, other
than the Leader's annual RDA membership dues.
- Real Diaper Association reserves the right to refuse affiliation to any
particular Leader, Advocate or Circle. If an accreditation or
affiliation is declined, the person or group will be given a reason.
- Listing in Real Diaper Association Directory for all accredited Leaders whose RDA memberships are current,
whether they have yet formed a Circle or not.
- Real Diaper Circle Leader seal for personal or commercial website.
- Template for Real Diaper Circle Leader business cards.
- Additional information about national and local educational campaigns.
- Educational and publicity materials available through the Real Diaper Association.
- All of the RDA benefits below.
How this might work in action.
- A Leader needs someone to lead. An accredited Leader should be building
or strengthening a local Real Diaper Circle.
- Prepare and run one meeting per month.
- Invite and organize local members.
- Plan local campaigns advocating cloth diapers.
- Raise funds for local advocacy
- The Leader is responsible for keeping in touch with RDA organizers.
- An accredited Leader should have a phone or in person interview with an RDA organizer twice a year at six month intervals.
- An accredited Leader should keep in touch with RDA organizers and other Leaders to talk about successes and challenges, to ensure that all
publicity information is up to date, and to seek support when needed.
- An accredited Leader may be asked to share experiences and advice with other RDA volunteers.
- As RDA develops the leadership programs, some Leaders may become regional Leaders.
- A Leader will be called upon from time to time to represent RDA to local media.