What has happened to the brigade?
Thank you thank you. I feel so much better knowing that we are going to work together to get things done.
David, you can ask me any questions that you want about my farm. I am heading into my 17th season and have loved most of it. Looking at getting back to using the horses more again for my serenity as much as saving gas.
I check this forum to see if there are requests for group action fairly often. Our Transition Town group has been working on getting Chris invited to talk on Wisconsin Public radio. If anyone else wants to email, you can go to wpr.org and send a comment and suggestion to Kathleen Dunn.
again, thanks everyone.
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!
Hello Joe –
If you have read any of my posts you can tell I like to talk. I like the idea of the quick hitting and short notes you refer to – I just can’t seem to say things in a few words. If you wouldn’t mind providing some examples of what you have used we could tailor the statements to the specific blog or e zine we are posting to.
I have had reasonable success working Crash Course material in on sports blogs, by just dropping in on whatever was being discussed. If you can filter out the juvenile name calling and "my team is better than your team" you’ll find that there are a lot of bored people at work blowing off steam by spending a few minutes on a sports thread and these are potentiall fertile minds. I look for comments like "I’d go to the game, but with the economy the way it is I just can’t afford to waste 200 bucks on a football game" I have had 4 or 5 people at a time actually respond to a post about things getting worse asking for more info. I toss CM.com out there and leave it up to them to go visit the site. I still email with one young guy who took a look and is now a registered member. As a warning, be prepared for a lot of yammering from the kiddos that "this is a sports blog, not an economics class" Easy to ignore.
Anyway – I’m starting to ramble – look forward to working with you all.
You know, there’s an entire seciton of this forum dedicated to posting links to forums where you have mentioned the Crash Course. It’s the Website Links folder.
The purpose for it is so others know what is being said where and, when appropriate, can chime in with supporting comments. I trust everyone will use discretion and not overdo it!
Eventually, I’ll set up a "User Guide" sticky for these forums…
I’ll begin collecting an email list together. This is strictly VOLUNTARY. Brigade members will not be required to participate, but will be invited to participate. I’ll use this for ideas I think are duplicatable in many geographic settings. We’ll set it up to be able to be used by us all both sending and receiving.
Thanks … Don
"Brigade members seem uncomfortable taking (or proposing to take) action without prior direction from CM.com staff. "
Ok. I’m taking initiative to take action without direction.
Important: I don’t want to ever offend or disgrace this site or its message or its people, so, without direction / blessing I’ll be taking some risks and I’ll readily apologize and back off if requested. Still, that said, I am empowered to be as much of a leader here as anyone else, with the exception of Dr. Martenson. … Don
I need to know where your videos are posted so that i may go look at them. I’m looking forward to getting slide from you.
THANKS! … Don
ok luk, boss,
I want access to be able to add new "sections" to the forums page.
I want a section called "Get geographically connected"
Inside it, I want to be able to have countries listed, inside countries states, inside states citys and towns. Let’s allow our mass to find each other and to gather together locally.
I think we are much closer to critical mass than I have heard talked about this site thus far.
I’ve begun collecting notes on people and activities and what’s happening. I’ll be getting that organized and start advertising here somehow.
If you want to be on a Brigade email list let me know at dstudin at yahoo.com. replace the " at " with a @, of course.
That’s all I have in me tonight. Sleep well … Don
Right on Don,
Among our tasks is to build community and support each other. These virtual connections are useful but are no substitute for working face to face and side by side. I would use a tool such as you describe. What needs to be done? Lucas has all the geographic info in the Word docs…
I appreciate your stepping forward on these topics.
With that said, I can’t grant you access to modify forums folders. In fact, I can’t even do it myself. Ron is the webmaster for the site and only he controls that. Before we start adding forums, etc., I want to make sure we have a very clear plan for information flow and incorporate any other changes to the forum structure that we want.
What you can do is start a new thread under the General Discussions section about geographic connectivity.
I have all of the member’s contact information and their geographic locations, but as you said, I think the system needs to be voluntary as you suggest as some members do not wish to have their information posted.
Here’s what I suggest: start a thread entitled "Contact Information" and ask members to post their Name, Phone Number, and City. Suggest that members put their email in the following format name(at)server.com to hide it from the bots. Might also be a good idea for everyone to post their phone numbers backwards, not sure about that though.
Once you get that set up, I will send out a mass mail directing everyone to go to your thread.
Also, you might want to contact Yoshi Hash about his Google Maps project. Members could post their information there so we have a truly global view of our membership base.
As far as the project list, etc, I have most of that information that I can send you. I would like to make that a sticky in General Discussions, so wait for my direction on that. I would like to do that in an organized way so let’s coordinate on that.
I think Erik’s point about direction was that people either tend not to post here about their activities or they don’t readily start or respond to requests for projects that I post here about Wikipedia articles, etc. When we asked people to do something on the forum, no one would respond. What we found was that we got the best success when I would specifically email members asking for help, etc. What we concluded was that people just simply aren’t checking the forums regularly.
I think a combination of direct contact through email and a little more structure to the forums will get more people involved.
I don’t think it’s the members who have fallen behind. As I said in my update above, everyone HAS been actively working on promoting and spreading the word. It’s the participation in the forums that has been less than we’d hoped for. That’s where we must focus our efforts so that we may truly organize this organization.
I am new to the brigade.
I see there is a thread to post some basic info about ourselves which I will hopefully get to this weekend.
I have been busy getting the CC DVDs disseminated. I have sent one to each city and county official and adinistrative staff in my community. I have allready discussed the issue with several county staff. They are at the moment "in shock" for lack of a better word. There are many folks around that are in various ways aware of "a problem" and wanting to do something. I am working on getting the CC material to the key persons in each of the groups.
My next move I anticipate starting a regular scheduled meeting to involve a core group of activists. We will likely follow the Transitiomn Town concept.
Out of curiosity, do any of you participate in Edward Griffens "Freedom Force International" group. I have read Jekyll Island and have his DVD but I have not promoted it because I am concerned that it will drive all but the heartiest souls away. I have no doubt about the whole NWO concept but it seems like baby steps are needed to get the basic awareness level up. Comments on that?