Getting the word out.
Great news! I think it would be good to compile and formulate effective strategies for crash course promotion. I would love to have a list of "actions" individuals can take to spread the word, with an explanation as to what that means, and then the name of a community/brigade member who has carried out said promotion strategy to contact for advice. I’m really interested in documenting all these processes, so that if someone comes along and wants to promote the crash course to their community officials, we can show them what’s been done by people like you, Don.
I’m excited to hear everything else you’ll be posting. Thanks for giving us this brief glimpse =]
good show dps!
I wish I had a better foothold on the peripheral issues, then I would be amore active at promoting the Crash Course like you! (I cringe at the idea of being challenged on points that I’m not clear about.)
For now, I am letting the DVD do the talking for me. Very inspirational to hear about your successes though. I agree with Futuo, I might feel a bit more confident if there was a gameplan.
Happy holidays, everyone.
I’m not on vacation but there are a lot of issues that I am dealing with right now that are essential to my position. While this is an important topic I do not have the time to fully dedicate myself to this subject as much as I would like. I’ve finished the Crash Course and found it very interesting. You are looking for a way to help but I think I need you to identify what you have in mind with regards to the realm of city functions. My realm of specialty is related to development and, to some extent, trying to find ways to "green" city practices. One of the foci that I have adopted is to work on efficiency and thus work with others within the City to improve internal functions within the areas that I have the ability to do so.
Given that these are unprecedented economic times, everyone is currently trying to adjust to a difficult real estate market where very little development is occuring. I do know that our city has taken many precautions to stay as financially responsible as possible in order to weather difficult economic times such as this but I do not know details. I would suggest talking to the City Managers Office to get more information on the financial side of operations and the means the city is taking to remain financially secure.
Did you have some ideas for things the city should do with regard to development or resource management? This is the realm that I can best address. If you have ideas that are beyond that subject, I can try and find the best department for you to talk to. Some of it may come down to getting involved with groups that are trying to address larger issues that the city does not have the ability to address. Let me know what your thoughts are. I would recommend email at this point due to the nature of recent work volume and scheduling conflicts. Talk to you soon.
I met with my MP (member of parlament – kind of like a congressman or governor in the states??).
We talked for 1.5 hours about politics and economy. I gave him the Crash Course when I left and he promised to watch.
He was a very open interested guy (only 32 years old, which I think helped). He often reverted to the ‘we are spending lots and will spend more, why are you upset with our policies’ type of line that is often given to us it seems.
It was productive, I’ll update when he is done with the DVD.
Keep spreading the word!!
That’s great Pete! Keep us updated!
If you have any more updates, start a new thread about it.
Westminster: no further response to my questions. I suppose he has decided I’m a nut.
Longmont: begin email quote from person I was referred to:
Thanks for the link. I have gotten a chance to view the first 5 chapters
of the " " and would be interested in meeting with you. I’ll
try to view the remaining chapters to see where Dr. Martenson takes his
presentation. I would be very interested in hearing what you think this
means to Longmont and what we might do about it.
I have time available on the 15th or 16th of next week. Would either of
those days work for you? I’m open all day, both days.
I’ve got an appointment with him 1/15 8:30 AM.
BTW, my 100 DVDs never showed up.
Best wishes to all … Don
Had a very productive meeting with Ron Shaw, Environmental Sustainability Coordinator, Public Works and Water Utilities Department. He has agreed to point me toward local citizens that are active in promoting the Transition Town idea in this area as well as helping me get to a local City Council Member that would be receptive to the Crash Course. He encouraged me to reserve a room in the local library for public showings of the Crash Course. These will be my next steps. I expect to stay in touch with Ron via email and coordinate our efforts together.
Very happy … Don
Neighborhood Outreach Coordinator
City of Westminster
Now that I have this knowledge from the crash course, my first priority is to share the knowledge as widely as I am able. Those with knowledge of what our macro-economic and macro-environmental state is will be motivated to position themselves for a very different future 20 years than is currently advertised in the normal media. I don’t pretend to have all the answers, however, gathering together "we" can come up with many answers that I cannot invent or implement alone. Some ideas I have that may have an effect on the city:
1) look at the remaining available land and implement a program of "shared gardening" space ( I don’t know what the details might look like)
The best place to look at and understand community gardens can be found at http://www.dug.org/home.html. The City of Westminster has programs that look at acquiring land with no plans to set aside land for this type of use.
2) consider the possibility that there may be an unusually large number of homeless. Can the city take advantage of some of the housing bargains available today to provide temporary housing?
A number of non profit agencies that serve Westminster work to this end with financial supprt from the City of Westminster through funds from the Westminster Human Services Board. The City also works with Adams and Jefferson Counties that do offer some of these services.
3) give me access to the grange for presentations of the 1st 5 chapters of the crash course. I can create a flyer and advertise, you can help. Offer people to view the remainder on-line for free or they can purchase the DVD for $10 … I have 100 DVDs coming.
The Grange is a facility that can be rented by citizens for your proposed event.
4) organize via these presentations, from 3 above, community discussions of how we can pool our resources and brains to invent a new future.
The City of Westminster and City Council hold community meetings in which the public is free to participate and share ideas.
Westminster: no further progress. None expected. Dropping the subject with the city. However, the Transition Town movement is getting started in Westminster/Broomfield/Arvada and I have become an active member. I’ll be promoting CC along with permaculture among that very receptive audience. It would sure help if I had my DVDs. I’ve written to the company 4 times now and gotten no response. They owe me 100 DVDs. I don’t want my money back, I want my DVDs.
Broomfield: no response to my contact of a council member. I’ll be going to a council meeting after I get out of school end of March.
Longmont: Great reception from city and from residents. Active Transition Town movement is really gearing up. City council will be helping with promoting sustainability living. I’ll continue to be active in this movement too.
Lesson learned: grass roots is where it’s at. Talking to individuals and working with the citizens is much more effective than trying to get local government representatives involved. The elected officials will come kicking and screaming as the movement reaches critical mass and cannot be ignored. Continue all efforts to get the word out in baby steps where ever you get the opportunity. I still find introducing people to the 1st 5 chapters of the CC to be effective.
Best wishes to all … it’s too quite on the cm site these days … what’s the rest of the brigade doing? … Don
Yeah, it is awfully quiet. I’m finishing up finals, slowly writing a wikipedia article, talking things up and trying to distribute my DVDs. I’ve only given out about 20/100, so Don I can send you some if you really don’t get anywhere with the company.