What has happened to the brigade?
Great to see you!
It is no small deed, what you are doing. I find it to be amazing work. I encourage you to start a thread in one of the folders where you occasionally update us on your progress and ask for help when you need it!
One advantage of being a brigade member is that this forum is private and will not be polluted with the topics you speak of. Our mission here is to talk about how we can help as many as we can by getting the word out about the Crash Course. Since we have a common goal, and a common mindset, controversial and offensive topics rarely poke their head up here like they do in the public forums.
Also, I’m not sure you have been on for awhile, but the public forums are now being moderated by two great guys so you might find them a far less savage place than when you left. Chris was very adamant about ensuring that the forums reflect his overall message and intent and he is not afraid to restrict topics that might turn some away.
We lost a few active participants as a result, but (and I’m not passing judgement here) I’m not certain we’re not better off for it.
If you see something that offends you, hit the "Alert Moderator" button and the guys will be right on top of it.
Again, great work and I love what you’re doing. I’ve been talking with a buddy of mine about starting a community "grow-op" here in Lakeland, FL. Any wisdom you can pass to us about such community efforts will be much appreciated and utilized!
I look forward to seeing your progress.
Thanks for everything.
Director of Volunteer Operations
I am working with a group in my town in Massachusetts trying to start a CSA with a component for low income people. I may ask your advice from time to time about that. Hopefully that will become a forum for the topics in the CC someday. By the way I used to live in Madison and have spent a lot of time in Richland Center, where I have a god son and god daughter. That is a great part of the country. I miss the land and my friends out there. Very beautiful. I look forward to doing more CC promotion work with the Brigade.
I’m new to the Brigade, so your efforts must be working. Very concerned about where things are headed. Glued to "The Crash Course" over the Holidays. Been sharing the site with lots of people. Trying to convince them that the "Obama Lift" (as I call it) won’t eliminate the fundamentals. Hoping the $$$ I sunk in the market last June will recover enough for me to exit and redirect now that I have a better understanding of things. Working through Chris’s reading list. Powerful and a little scary…mostly for my two teenage boys. Better keep their rooms ready.
Let me know how I can help. Hope to get to know you all.
Anybody read "Surviving the Crash""? Thoughts?
I look forward to your Facebook newsletter.
I don’t THINK I updated the Facebook group… was something changed that you weren’t aware of?
I have another guy, Patrick Brown, working on a Wikipedia article on Chris himself. Is yours on the Crash Course? I’d be interested in seeing what you have come up with. My guess is it’s phenomenal as you are a very talented writer.
Patrick has concerns that there are not enough "controlled" sources to give an article on the Crash Course any staying power on Wikipedia.
I’ve appointed Patrick as the point man for Wiki stuff. Perhaps you two could get together and pool your efforts on this. His email is thisispatrick(at)gmail.com. Replace (at) with @.
It would be good for one of you to start a project planning thread for it when time allows.
Congrats on finishing finals!
Hello everyone – I just became a Brigade Member today. Been following the site passively through my wife since last August, registered myself in January and figured this was too important to not get involved more. I look forward to sharing ideas with all of you.
We have a good sized group of regular site visitors (12-15 couples) that we are in almost daily contact with. They in turn are slowly but surely getting others to take a look at the site and Chris’ material. If anyone has the time to share what has worked and what hasn’t I’d greatly appreciate the info. Right now our get togethers are typically "preaching to the choir" and we feel we are ready to start broadening our reach.
I hope to get to know each of you better soon.
I noticed a few new members signing on and I think that’s great!
This thread seems to have taken on a life of its own (another example of community building, dps!)
If you’re logging on for the first time, welcome!
I would also like to have everyone post something in the "Introductions" thread, so if you haven’t done that yet put a little something about yourself there when you get a chance:
It’s great to see you all here!!
Director of Volunteer Operations
I too want to be booking myself for presentations, but I have not been willing to set aside the time to develop my own powerpoint or whatever presentation since I don’t even know how to operate that software and frankly don’t want to learn. I asked Erik before to share. Are one of you willing to share slides so that I can arrange presentations in the Denver metro area. I have probably a dozen Transition groups that would be willing, if not anxious, to hear what I have to say. Somewhat preaching to the choir, but people need continuing motivation and I need to get known as a leader in this geographic area.
@all of you
Thanks for answering. I needed to know you are there.
Best wishes … Don
I have been slinging PowerPoint presentations for the past 15 years and consider myself very proficient. If you have an idea for a presentation and just need to put ideas to paper or if you have a rough idea of the framework, I would be more than happy to work with you to put something together.
I think we could get a lot of mileage out of constructing an on-line repository of briefs, slides, presentations, papers, introduction letters, etc. to share with each other when we are putting together material to take out to the masses. There’s no shortage of safe FTP software out there we could utilize to facilitate sharing of info.
Hi Everyone – I’m still plugging away trying to direct people to the site. Unfortunately Obama-mania put things on pause in the doom and gloom department. But now that reality is back, I’ve been able to talk to people more openly about the problems we face and to direct them to the site.
A few things I’ve been doing…distributing DVD’s, emailing some of the economists in my state, local media(tv and print), attending meetups and my biggest promotion tool is dropping a quick one or two line note in the comments section of an article of an online newspaper. I usually do this when it is a gloomy article, ex., layoffs, budget deficit. That’s how I found the Crash Course and I figure it’s free advertising thanks to the print media!
One thing I would like to see is perhaps a way for a brigade member to email the Brigade directly – that way when someone like Ron makes the great suggestion about emailing(or what I like to call spamming) various members of the media to try to get them to watch the Crash Course, we all can do it. The same idea with contacting the Financial Sense NewsHour to get them to do an interview with Chris. I don’t check the forums everyday so I may miss something here and there. But getting everyone in the brigade to do something collectively would be a fantasic step as Ron suggested.
It’s a great suggestion and something I’ve considered. One problem is I can’t quite figure out a way to do it anonymously. Some members have expressed to me that they would not want their email given out to all the members.
The forum is supposed to be that avenue. All the members are supposed to be checking it regulary and responding to relevant posts. We are a ways off from that, but I’m working on it.
For now, if someone wants to contact members directly, you can request it through a new thread and I can send out a mass-mail to everyone directing them to the thread with a link.
That may eventually encourage more forum participation as well.
Collective participation is the very spirit of the Brigade and it is something that we thought should be a primary function of the group from the very beginning. The Brigade has its origins as a YouTube promotion mechanism. At the time our idea was to have a select group of people launch viral marketing campaigns in preparation for our YouTube launch. But it has evolved into something much larger. Since then the implementation has changed, but the core concept is still there.
With that in mind, the Brigade itself has yet to meet its true potential. But we will get there. As we develop the proper tools and earn the right people, our little grass-roots effort will evolve into something truly world-changing.