Carne Ross Finding Impact

FIP 022: Creating Your Own Political Strategy, with Carne Ross

Carne Ross is a Skoll Awardee and TED speaker. He’s a principled man, having walked away from his diplomatic career in the British Government in protest over the Iraq war. The non-profit he founded, called Independent Diplomat, is geared towards tackling the imbalance between the diplomatic processes and those affected by the decisions made in diplomatic processes.

In this episode, Carne talks us through nine principles for action that changemakers can use to create their own political strategy.

Some of the things you’ll learn on this podcast include:

  • The three creative tools of diplomacy, including public relations, international law, and political strategy.
  • Political strategy is where you try to understand who are the political decision makers and why they are making those decisions, and then think up ways to shift the outcomes towards your desired goal.
  • Excavate your convictions is about defining the thing you care most about and making that your calling. Focus on what makes you angry.
  • Who’s got the money, who’s got the gun? is about finding out who’s got the power so you can be most efficient in your actions.
  • Demonizing the person sitting on the other side of the table in government is not the most effective way to influence them. Far better by being respectful to them and having a conversation to find out their reasons for their course of action, and then offering an alternative route forward after thorough analysis.
  • The best piece of advice from Carne, on utter determination.


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