Hosting local CC groups

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  • Tue, Dec 30, 2008 - 05:05pm

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    switters

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    Hosting local CC groups

I’m creating this thread with the intention of it serving as a repository of information and ideas for those interested in starting a local Crash Course / Three Es group in their area.

If you’ve already started a group, please share your experience here including:

  • How you found/invited members to join
  • How you structured the group (length & frequency of meetings, commitment, etc.)
  • How you structured the meetings (length, format, etc.)
  • What has worked and what hasn’t
  • What your plan for the group is in the future
  • Any tips or advice you would offer others

I’ll start the process off in the next post.  Looking forward to hearing from you.

  • Tue, Dec 30, 2008 - 05:45pm

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    Re: Hosting local CC groups

My wife and I started a local group about four months ago.  We had been discussing these issues together for years now, but wanted to expand that discussion into our larger community of friends.  So we invited about fifteen people we are connected with to participate.

We meet once a month for approximately three hours each time. We haven’t asked for a specific commitment in terms of ongoing meetings, but so far everyone seems very engaged and motivated to continue.

The structure of the group is still evolving.  Rather than watch the Crash Course together during the meetings, we decided to watch it on our own and use the meeting time to discuss it. 

We have also started each meeting with a presentation (either by myself or my wife) on a particular topic or subject.  This is what we’ve done in the first three meetings:

  1. Screening of the End of Suburbia, followed by discussion.
  2. Presentation: Four Scenarios for Post-Peak, followed by discussion
  3. Presentation: What To Do, followed by discussion

We have another meeting coming up on Saturday.  I will give a presentation on "Where to Live", which examines the variables one might consider in determining whether to stay where they are or move to a new location.  This topic also includes a discussion of how to adapt one’s current home to be more resilient if, for whatever reason, they decide to stay.

The intention of our group is to identify actions to take to prepare for the coming years and to help each other take them, so moving forward we will probably break down the "What To Do" and "Where To Live" questions and discuss them in more detail. 

So far the group has worked pretty well.  Having a clearly defined structure for each meeting has helped focus the discussion and keep things moving along.  The level of awareness of the Three Es was already fairly high in our group, but if it wasn’t I think I would have screened the Crash Course during the first three meetings instead of asking people to watch it on their own.

I am preparing to screen the Crash Course for my neighbors, many of whom I don’t know that well.  I have no idea what their level of awareness is of this stuff.  In that case I think I will screen a portion of the Crash Course and then see if people are willing to commit to a couple more meetings where we could finish the rest of it.  Another alternative is to try to come up with my own summary of the CC that could be presented in about an hour, but I have reservations about the effectiveness of this approach.

  • Tue, Dec 30, 2008 - 07:07pm

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    Re: Hosting local CC groups

[quote=Chris Kresser]

I’m creating this thread with the intention of it serving as a repository of information and ideas for those interested in starting a local Crash Course / Three Es group in their area.

If you’ve already started a group, please share your experience here including:

  • How you found/invited members to join
  • How you structured the group (length & frequency of meetings, commitment, etc.)
  • How you structured the meetings (length, format, etc.)
  • What has worked and what hasn’t
  • What your plan for the group is in the future
  • Any tips or advice you would offer others

I’ll start the process off in the next post.  Looking forward to hearing from you.
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Chris,

We are having our first meeting tomorrow evening (New Years Eve) to kick off the establishment of our group and to plan out activities for the upcoming year. I’ll post what we decide.

We may at some point want to share info as we are only a couple of hours apart. I live in Sonora and you can contact me at [email protected].

Coop

  • Tue, Dec 30, 2008 - 10:02pm

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    Re: Hosting local CC groups

Great idea.  If you haven’t already, consider joining the Martenson Brigade.  You can be a valuable resource to our group.  Best wishes.  I’ll look forward to your coming posts.  Thanks … Don

  • Wed, Dec 31, 2008 - 06:31pm

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dps,

I have requested the form so anticipate getting it completed soon. I also have noticed some members include their e-mail address in their posting data but I have been unable to get mine to show up. Any ideas?

Coop

  • Wed, Dec 31, 2008 - 06:55pm

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    Re: Hosting local CC groups

Coop –

 your e-mail tab seems to be working, I can see it below your avatar. you can edit your profile and put it in your signature so that it shows up on the bottom every time you post.

  • Wed, Dec 31, 2008 - 07:23pm

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Thanks Futuo,

By the way, does the "tuo" in your handle have anything to do with TUOlumne?

Coop

  • Sun, Jan 04, 2009 - 03:45pm

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    Re: Hosting local CC groups

My friend and I are hosting our first steering committee meeting on Friday. We are intersted in having people watch the CC but the people coming Friday already have watched it. We are planning the response portion of the discussion. We are interested in both the Natural Step and Transition Town. If you haven’t checked out the Transition Town (Google it) information I suggest you give it a try.  Very exciting and infomational.

I’ll keep you posted as we plan our strategy.

 

Kate

 

  • Sun, Jan 04, 2009 - 09:40pm

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    Re: Hosting local CC groups

Tuolumne, as in Tuolumne meadows? Nope – I haven’t even been there, although I’d like to go to Yosemite sometime.

 Kate, can’t wait to hear how it turns out!

  • Sun, Jan 11, 2009 - 02:04am

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    Re: Hosting local CC groups

Futuo and others,

Well, we met on Friday morning (you can tell its rural and winter if we are meeting Friday morningSmile) 8 people were there. This was a joint meeting to discuss the CC and to talk about the Natural Step and the Transition Town movement. We decided that the TT movement was the model we wanted to follow and when we meet again, we will deside on next steps. The CC will be the main tool that we use to educate people in our small town.  If you want to know more about TT stuff, look on Youtube and search for Transition Town – Rob Hopkins.  Both TT and CC go together well. Not only do they use two letters that are the same but they complement each other.

 

What are others up to.

 Dare to be visible and share your thinking.

 

Kate

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