"Advocacy means speaking up for something we value and assuming responsibility for its future." Most often crisis inspires advocacy, and early efforts evolve into more persistent forms such as “Friends of” groups or targeted legislation.
The motto of the Portland, OR, Urban Greenspaces Institute is Constant Pressure, Constantly Applied. While the need to act on behalf of an historic landscape may arise suddenly, resolution is seldom easily won.
Effective advocacy works at many levels, by educating, engaging, provoking and ultimately motivating people to care deeply about a cause. Olmsted buffs are blessed to have a rich store of information and inspiring settings to help build support, whether for a specific design or the legacy as a whole.
Provided here are links to strategies, case histories and contacts—a virtual toolkit for advocacy.