What has happened to the brigade?
It’s been a little while since I looked in. We had some bad fires in Australia and I was a bit preoccupied with that. In the meanwhile, I posted some info about the CC website etc. on my forum and of course been talking to people.
I also extracted the youTubes to put on a disc for the benefit of the many people I know in regional Australia who do not get fast broadband internet. Other friends pointed out that they don’t have a computer and could I print something for them?
Well I looked to see what was available but didn’t find anything and that started me compiling the text from CC website and then inserting some screen grabs of strategic graphs etc. I tried to edit as little as possible – and so the result is a 63-page word document (a veritable book) saved in 4 sections as PDF.
Now forgive me if I’ve done the wrong thing here – I’m happy to make it disappear – but otherwise…
This volume is still a bit big for printing – so if I haven’t done the wrong thing, reinvented the wheel – perhaps someone can take a look and we can discuss how to edit this down to less pages (if possible)?
Wow…nice job Kerry. What a great idea. This will be useful. Thanks.
This must have been a ridiculous amount of work. Thank you Kerry.
Just touching bases –
Been busy the past few weeks setting up the Lowesville Seminar with my wife – Cat233 – and Chris and Becca.
We have a growing number of friends from the local area who are coming who are CC grads, but not frequent contributors to the site.
Hope to see some other Brigade members at Lowesville.
I am also still here, checking the site daily, grateful for the information and interpretation it`s offering .
I´m in the brigade, but located in Duesseldorf Germany, so i´m not part of daily american life.
Different timezone, very busy in my job, probably best to look at me as a kind of "sleeper", who can be activated if need too. 😉
Was it here i read the joke:
" What do you get when you cross a godfather with a deconstructionist? An offer you can`t understand."
doom and gloom but still ready for a laugh,
Yoshhash – I tend toward the ridiculous – keeps me young I think.
Actually it was a good way for me to go over the details and absorb them – so most of the time spent reading and thinking about which concepts needed illustrating. It’s good deep brain stuff and I enjoy it.
The actual turning into a document wasn’t hard – I’m a bit of a wizz with the outlining and styles tool in MSWord. I’m happy that I haven’t reinvented the wheel and that the effort will be of use to others.
I’m still thinking of ways to promote the course or it’s key points – but will continue those thoughts in the topic thread Crash Course Promotion.
ok guys, i’m back.
It’s 9:35 PM Wednesday night 3/11/09. I just got home from my exam. I passed. I am now a certified Mainframe Systems Administrator. So what? We’ll see if it becomes a job or not.
In the mean time, I’m going back to promoting the Crash Course as much as I can. I’m also getting active in the Transition Town movement in Broomfield and Longmont. Longmont meeting tomorrow night. Broomfield next Thursday night at my apartment. I’ll go by the library tomorrow or Friday and follow up on the DVD I gave the head librarian. I’ll seek to use a room for public showings of the Crash Course. I’ve given about 25 of my DVDs away to a wide variety of people including my 13 and 21 year-old sons. I’ll also be contacting the local PBS stations to see if I can get your fundraiser video going here. More brigade follow up that I owe you guys is soon to come. Sorry I’ve been so checked out these last few weeks.
I came home from the test and immediately re-watched chapter 20.
You say you want to train people to present the crash course. I’m volunteering. What do you want me to do? I’m planning to fly to North Carolina for a week in July. Do you want to meet up? I want to be your go to guy for the Denver metro area. I’ve heard a rumor that the Transition Town Boulder group is trying to get you to come for a seminar. Is that true? Are you planning to come? Do you watch these forums any more? I’ll follow up on this rumor in the Boulder Transition group also to see if I can get the straight poop.
Quick update from Minneapolis,
I presented a one-hour condensed intro to the CC plus some of Rob Hopkins’ Transition ideas to a group today. Thanks to Tom for sharing his slides – I’m happy to share mine.
I chose to emphasize the 3 Es as a tool for getting one’s head around big issues. I emphasized the lack of a plan B for troubles in the economy or with energy, and the lack of action on the Environment in spite of widespread agreement about problems. I then moved to the notion of Resilience and argued that personal resilience is of limited value, and national resilience unlikely and thus that developing community resilience is paramount.
When I was done, folks wondered what I wanted to do with the show.
And now, so do I.
I had a handout with this site listed and referred to the CC frequently in the presentation. I also referred to Transition and provided links. Plus I included lists of keywords for web/youtube searches, and (the academic in me) some annotated references to books (remember books?).
So what was I trying to do? I didn’t have an altar call, group to have them join, product to sell or any specific request of them. My hope was that the presentation would encourage them to think about the issues and a) seek more understanding (one hour – a drop in the bucket!) and b) seek opportunities to take action – ideally in concert with others and strengthening our community. My problem is that that feels too wishy-washy.
i’ve given speeches as well and i’ve struggled with an excellent conclusion that would give the audience a charge to do something and i haven’t found it yet.
the way i end it nowadays is that there is no conclusion and that you, the audience, has to ask yourself the question "is this material important or not?". the way i look at it is you cannot convince someone to do something until they have asked the question "why don’t/can’t/will/won’t I…?". the reason i am on this site is that i asked "is this the big collpase of the world economy?"
some people i know very well never ask questions, of themselves or anyone else, in my opinion they have ceased to grow as a human being. they’ll never be interested in what i have to say until everything in their life has changed except them. i’m interested in reaching only the people who are asking "what will the future be like because of this turmoil?"
The excellent conclusion you seek, IMHO, is the message "Let’s build community" around people that know these realities and are willing to take action toward moving themselves and their "communities" toward preparation for sustainability and resilience. In this case "community" is your city / town OR it may be your group of a few human beings that are willing to "work" together.
Great work! How did you go about getting an audience for your presentations? Thanks … Don