Thursday, July 14, 2016

Host Your Own Cascadia Guild Meeting

I know that there are a number of people who are intrigued by the ideas I have been discussing here, yet who live too far from Edmonds to have made the trip to be at our first meeting. If you are reading this and fall into this category, I would encourage you to instigate a get-together in your area. The beauty of this is that it really isn't very hard, and to make it even easier, I will provide you the Cascadia Guild Meeting Instigator's Handbook. The entirety of the handbook is as follows:

1) Identify an appropriate venue. This could be the public meeting room at a library (most libraries provide these for free); a room at a community center (nominal fee may be attached); a bar or coffee shop (check out ahead of time that it will be not too noisy - I fell short a bit on this point at our meeting); or other easily identifiable public space.

2) Pick a date and time.

3) Advertise it. Most of the response I received was via advertisements I posted on The Archdruid Report, but also think about emailing people you know who are interested in causes like this, posting on other peak oil or deindustrialization related blogs. Be creative and get the word out.

And then show up. For initial meetings, no agenda is required; I am of the opinion that it is better to start off with an opportunity to meet people, find common interests, and identify things that we may want to work on together. Agendas, organization, and structure can come a bit later in the process.

One final lesson learned from our meeting Tuesday: If you have your meeting in a public venue like a bar, restaurant, or coffee shop, bring a centerpiece, or other identifying marker, as many of your attendees may have no idea who else will be there or what they look like. We learned the hard way of this necessity.

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