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DECISIONS ARE MADE BY THOSE WHO SHOW UP/ THE FIRST RULE of government relations is sim-
ple: Be present during the decision-making process to make sure that your opinions are heard. The ASID Government and Public Affairs (GPA) staff works diligently to adhere to this cardinal rule. GPA works to ensure that ASID members’ interests are represented in every relevant arena— from a far-reaching impact such as an International Codes Council meeting or a federal courtroom, to the local impact of a town hall. However, even with the high level of engagement that ASID staff maintains on its members’ behalf, they cannot ﬁght the good ﬁght alone. One of the most common and costly mistakes in legislative advocacy is making the assumption that it is solely someone else’s responsibility to represent your cause. You may think, “I don’t have enough time to volunteer. ASID staff can represent me, they don’t need my help.” This couldn’t be further from the truth! The reality is that you are the face of interior design. Nobody can represent ASID interior designers better than you, the interior designer. And while government affairs professionals will always be there to strategize, schedule key meetings and orchestrate legislative campaigns, they can’t coach our team of interior designers to victory without players. With just a small commitment, ASID members can participate in the legislative process and make a huge impact on the profession. Get involved. Get involved with your ASID chapter or state legislative coalition and learn what legislative issues are most pressing to interior designers in your state.
Represent your interests. Lawmakers care ﬁrst and foremost about serving their constituents and addressing their constituents’ needs. With most state lawmakers representing tens of thousands of people, they depend on constituents to educate them on the issues that matter most. The only way they know what you, the constituent, care about is if you share your concerns. Show your thanks. Lawmakers obviously care about keeping their jobs, so they listen most closely to those who will reward them for a job well-done. Show that you appreciate their assistance on your issue by volunteering, handing out yard signs, making phone calls and donating to their campaigns. And most importantly, show your thanks by getting out and voting. Stay engaged. Even if your state’s interior design community is not currently pursuing new legislation, it is important to keep the communication channels open between you and your representatives. Let them know that you, your ASID chapter and the greater interior design community pay attention to and care about the decisions made in the statehouse. Be a familiar face so that when an issue arises, your legislator is already well-versed on your issues and receptive to your opinions. We are fortunate to live in a society that crafts policy based on the opinions of the people themselves. But the only opinions that will be heard are those of the people who choose to voice them. So the next time ASID staff, your chapter or your state
CONTACT THE ASID GOVERNMENT & PUBLIC AFFAIRS TEAM ASID has a full-time staff of three experienced professionals working to protect interior designers’ rights in the government and public affairs arena. If you have any questions or would like to become involved in interior design legislative efforts, please contact the ASID Government and Public Affairs team at (202) 546-3480 or email@example.com. Don Davis, director – firstname.lastname@example.org Tom Kaczmarek, government affairs manager – email@example.com Caitlin Lewis, government affairs manager – firstname.lastname@example.org Visit us at www.asid.org/legislation.
coalition call on you to ﬁnd a location for a town hall, attend a Hill Day or simply send an email to a legislator, just remember: Decisions are made by those who show up. i
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of ASID Icon - Fall 2012
Taking Business Abroad
Finding the Right Formula
The State of Our Society
Design for Life
Resource Guide & Advertisers
ASID Icon - Fall 2012