Hosting local CC groups
I have reserved a room in the local Library for the second Monday in March (9th). I will be running an add in the "personal" section of our local newspaper here in Port Angeles WA. I’ve told a whole boat load of people about the CC, but am not sure who has actually watched it. Who shows up will be interesting. My goal is to achieve the "tipping point" in or community where the content of the CC becomes THE topic of discussion. We’ve a long way to go. I appreciate your suggestions for content, Chris. I’ve got a few weeks to come up with the format.
It certainly seems some very difficult outcomes are inevetible for all of our communities – It is just hard to break through the stupor of complaciency and denial. We’ve been like spoiled children having received benefits and blessings we have neither earned nor deserved. We (the community at large) just know the blessings are going to keep on coming. When they stop, as they may suddenly, whoah! – not looking forward to that, especially in a community fully unprepared for the good life to end. I’ll keep you posted. Thanks for this thread.
My approach, so far, has been to contact the city planning department. Results so far:
Westminster: got the planner to watch the crash course, then he asked me what I wanted to do. I wrote back saying I wanted to organize community meetings using our local grange and a bunch of other stuff. He has never responded again.
Longmont: got the planner and the environmental engineer to watch portions of the CC. Next step, meeting with the environmental engineer tomorrow at 8:30AM MST.
Broomfield: applied for a volunteer spot on any of 5 different boards that the city was looking to fill seats. Dropped the paperwork application this morning on the way to work. Mailed a city council member about the Minnesota legislature watching the CC. Have not heard anything back. That was yesterday.
I try to ease people into it by asking them to watch 15 minutes of video (the first 5 chapters). If they are not hooked by then, I figure there’s no point in talking further.
What I would like in return to this post is suggestions for how to form CC groups, as in, how do you get anyone to listen to you.
Hmmmm, that just gave me an idea. Lets open up a place on this website for people to gather geographically. I’ll pursue this through the brigade. If it happens, you will know about it in the forums.
Best wishes to all … Don
The text of a letter I sent out to all members of my counties’ Board of Supervisors and City Council members is attached for review. I will let you know how it goes with the responses. I included a business logo at the top but it did not copy to this page.
As additional information, I have been involved with my community as the Chairman of our counties’ Transportation Council for several years and as a member at large since 1991. As such, I serve with two members of the City Council and two members of the Board of Supervisors. So this letter goes out to others that have some familiarity with who I am.
Greg Applegate and All Administrative Staff
I offer the attached CD about economics, the environment and energy as a gift to you to help with the issues facing us this new year and beyond.
As I reviewed this material myself, a good portion of which was familiar to me due to my personal and professional interests, I realized that our collective future depends, now more than ever before, upon our ability to observe and deal with the real problems facing not only our community but, in fact, the planet as a whole.
Over the years I have been involved with the issues of energy, growth, our local economy and how to create jobs that will retain the youth in our community.
I am aware of the difficulties in dealing with mandates from state and federal agencies and our ability to retain, if not improve, the quality of life we enjoy in our foothill communities
I hope the information in this CD will shed some light on the sources of some of the greatest problems we and, more importantly, our children will face in the coming decades. I am interested in helping to develop solutions, and I anticipate that working with you and others in our community toward that end will be a rewarding experience. I look forward to hearing your comments on the information you find on this CD
Cooper J. Kessel
Looks like my above post did include part of the logo. Anyway, you get the idea of what was sent. I will follow with results in a week or so.
Don, this is a link to a totally unrelated site which grew phenominally very quickly. The members can choose to have their home towns in their profiles as well as other information. The members are always meeting here and there. In addition, the site has forums by region as well as by state where local members may chat (that is where most of their meetings are planned).
I’ve mentioned this before, too, but don’t remember if it was the same thread. The cost of full subscription to cm.com is very "corporate" imho. At the site below, it is cheap but the membership is around 50,000 with over 7,000 paid subscribers which is way better than the 10% paid that one would expect. I cannot afford to subscribe to cm.com or I certainly would, but I routinely subscribe to davesgarden.com.
http://davesgarden.com/community/memberlist/ I don’t know if you will be able to get in (can’t remember if you must register (free) or not, but one is able to search the whole member lilst by user name, or browse the member list by state.