Associations and the Future of Our Republic

The association community is a peculiar political animal. Most of us who work in this arena have relatively well-honed political sensibilities because of the lobbying and advocacy most of our organizations engage in. Irrespective of what political perspective we embrace, most association professionals I have met over the years strongly believe in our overall system
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Associations in 2017 – Themes to Reflect On

Welcome to 2017. We are beginning a new journey this year together as association professionals. In the spirit of the New Year, I wanted to share a few things that have been on my mind over the past few weeks while reflecting on 2016 and considering what this year may hold for us all. I
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Associations and the Future of the First Amendment

The association community needs to begin to pay very close attention to issues related to the exercise of First Amendment rights in the United States. We don’t often stop to think about how associations got started in the first place. Associations formed due to the innovative mash-up between the imported organizational ideas and structures developed
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Guest Post – We Remember

(In the spirit of community at the Association Forecast we accept guest posts from respected colleagues on issues they feel are important. This post is by Rick Rutherford, Association Evangelist and all around cool guy. I have to apologize for not getting this up until this morning, but I think the message is appropriate for
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