Co-ordinating work campaign is not easy. First off, thanks to everyone who has helped with the campaign so far. The efforts this community has produced in just two short weeks has been phenomenal. It’s already brought us, and the show, to the attention of the national and international press. We’ve engaged momentum. Now we’ve got to keep it going.
This is going to be a long campaign, and we’re all going to need help if we want to be able to continue working and still have a life. There are lots of hands out there, lots of people asking for something concrete to do and some amount of time to do it. We’d like to make it easier for widespread fans to be coordinated so that we can focus our efforts.
What we’re going to suggest now is A Plan for anyone who wants to work. We don’t speak for the campaign as a whole, though we do hope everyone finds the To-Do Lists helpful, and tries to do at least that much. We’ve done really well on an ad-hoc basis, so this is not a change so much as an attempt to give a little more support to the people who did so much work last week.
The idea is to work in circles, teams with campaign co-ordinator. At this point we’ve ‘appointed’ people to oversee various projects, based on the work they’ve already done. It’s up to that person to collect a crew and structure it any way they like. The only thing we’d ask is that at least three people be completely informed of everything the crew is doing and be able to make decisions at all times. That way if one person is busy or unavailable, the whole project doesn’t have to wait.
Each group will be co-ordinating work campaign and liaise with the website staff and can update the world on what we’re doing. Once a week, someone from each crew will come to an online meeting where we’ll discuss where we are and where we think it’s best to go next. That designated representative then updates their crew. We’ll start small and feel our way through, see how it works.
So, sometime this week, there will be a list of crews and what they’re doing published on the board, and anyone who’s interested in helping with one project or another can contact the crew leader. I’d like to stress again that these are guidelines for our projects, not rules for everybody. Mostly it’s a way for us to get the most work done in the best way possible, by allowing folks to “specialize” in what they do best/want to do.
We are not trying to set ourselves up as some kind of absolute authority over the entire campaign, but we do hope that by co-ordinating ourselves we can help all the different groups stay pointed in the same direction. If you are doing your own project, you’re not obliged to come to us for approval, but it would be good if you sent an announcement to SFA so we know what’s being covered, and by whom. And we’ll try to support you any way we can.
For example, a date has been chosen for a global rally with co-ordinating work campaign. We’d like to put a project in place that will happen on that weekend, something small that people who aren’t in a rally town can do themselves.
A goal has been set: a global campaign. But we’re not all Kardashian families, so we must find another way to make ourselves matter. What we need right now is as much attention concentrated on the subject as possible. The media, the networks, and the public, all watching US.