For many years there has been debate on where advocacy should be going. At the moment we have organizations pursuing their organizational agendas, individual advocates pursuing their individual agendas and nobody has a big picture, or at least no strategy that is comprehensive and well recognized. We are often heading off in different directions, trying to put out the small fires and having little idea on how to tackle the raging infernos. Its about time we had a big picture view of where advocacy should be heading. Everyone would agree with statements like: we need more money for research; we need a cure; we need better medical education, we need to stop psychobabble. However, how do we achieve those ends? How do we set sub-goals? Are some goals conflicting with others? How do we co-ordinate advocacy? How do reach more patients who seem to be unaware of the wealth of information on the net? There are lots of interesting questions, and we have not had much debate on many of them. With this in mind I want to make this thread a brainstorming thread. Don't discuss anything in detail (a few paragraphs at most) and just list things you would like discussed. Then we can have threads on strategies for dealing with each issue. Finally we can get down and discuss tactics in threads we are not even currently thinking about. Please post your ideas on the future of advocacy here. If you want to say more, then post the idea here and start a thread, or link to an existing thread. If you start a new thread at some point in the future, come back and post a link to it here somewhere.