National Coalition for the Homeless

National Coalition for the Homeless

In his work On Democracy, Alexis De Tocqueville admires Americans’ ease and enthusiasm for joining associations (Interest Groups). He noted that this contributes to a healthy democracy. Today we note that civic engagement and activities promote social capital, which underpins our democracy. Interest groups provide us with an opportunity to participate in affecting politics from the outside. Objective: To give you an opportunity to research an Interest Group (IG), think about the benefits of interest groups, and share this with your colleagues. What you need to do to complete this assignment—Research an Interest Group of your choice from the list below, develop an advertisement or informational message about your Interest Group, post it to the discussion board and respond to the post above or below your post but not both. Congratulations! You have been hired by your Interest Group to develop a presentation (advertisement) to promote your Interest Group, to get new members and/or increase support. You must let your group members know which Interest Group you want to research from the list below. This will avoid duplication…First to make their claim by posting gets their choice. After you have researched your Interest Group from the LIST provided, post your informational presentation on the discussion board. Try to think of what you might convey to someone to get them to join and/or support your IG. How you do this is totally up to you—power point, graphics, clip art, flyer style….your choice. You are trying to attract members and/or support to and for your IG. Warning: Do not simply list the answers to the points below; this will not fulfill the requirements of this assignment. Do not copy and paste from the interest groups website…use your own words. You can use their logos. Remember you are trying to get someone to take a closer look at your Interest Group and perhaps join! Have fun! I POST an advertisement on the discussion board. You can post directly into the discussion board or attach a file. I recommend that whatever program you work in, save and upload your final work as a .PDF, that way you will not lose formatting. Include the following information in your presentation. Use your own words, do not copy and paste from the IG’s website. The name of your IG. How your IG formed. Key points of the IG’s mission. How can one become a member and/or supporter. Is there a fee for membership? If so, how much? If the Interest Group is not open to the general public, is there a way to support this interest group? What benefits are offered to overcome the free-rider issue (material, informational, solidary, or purposive)? There may be more than one. Provide examples of each benefit and use the correct terms that apply. Highlight one (1) issue your interest group is currently working on. Provide two (2) reasons why anyone should join your IG. (This is an important part of the assignment.) What role does your IG play in our society? Another important section of the assignment. ***This is the info I will be looking for as I read your presentation. There is not “formal paper.” Your presentation will be your post. Submissions that do not include responses to the entire prompt will be subject to a 20% grade penalty.