Last week I had the pleasure of attending HC Link’s introductory webinar on Policy aptly entitled: Who's Afraid of the Big, Bad Wolf? De- mystifying Policy.
As someone with little policy experience, the webinar offered me a down to basics approach to policy, and guess what? Policy affects every facet of our lives: the roads we drive on, the transportation system, the water in our homes, our workplace scent policy, and even home-based policies like bedtime and screen time. You name it, and it’s likely to be linked to policy.
Likely because of its strong relationship with government, policy is often seen as a huge process (a big bad wolf) that nobody wants to tackle. But by the end of the webinar, it was clear that we all can be active in influencing policy at many levels. The webinar gave some great examples of policy and of communities and individuals who worked toward building healthy policies for healthy communities. For instance, the current booster seat legislation in Ontario was the result of four hardworking community members in Haldimand-Norfolk. You can read more about how they did it in this resource.
One great quote to take away from the webinar speaks to the collaborative nature of policy development: “Policy work is like making stone soup. Everyone brings what they have- a little of this, a little of that, and before you know it, you have a rich, community-based soup where before you only had stones.”
You can view the recording of the webinar, and download the handout, here.
New to policy work? Check out our “Getting Started with Policy” resource to learn more about policy and how HC Link can help you with your policy development efforts.