We got back from our honeymoon last week and after a day or two of sleeping and cat-spoiling, I was off again for a week-ish Greenpeace training. That is now done and I’m home for the first time in basically a month and all of a sudden it’s fall – the leaves are yellow and the high is in the sixties. Take that, summer!
So, trainings. I like facilitating and just to throw in a quick commercial, if you want trained on something feel free to pay me to try and explain it to you, or walk you through a process wherein your group explains it to each other.
I like Greenpeace and I like it when people chase down illegal whaling ships and hang banners from Mt. Rushmore and call out evil events by flying over them in a hot air balloon. However, as I have learned over and over again, “activism” has a pretty disappointing amount of dangling from the Golden Gate Bridge, bike-locking one’s neck to bulldozers and/or talking to Emmy Lou Harris about coal. It has a remarkable surplus of emailing, spreadsheets and conference calls. And no, I have never been on a conference call with Emmy Lou Harris.
I always find myself doing self-reflection when the seasons change, and as we hurtle into fall it amuses me to look out over the last years of my life when I have been doing very “exciting” things and see that the niche and skill set I have created for myself is by learning about and trying to get good at all of the MOST BORING PARTS of the most exciting things in the world.
So I was excited to corrupt another round of new activists with a few of my radical theories, including:
1. A well facilitated meeting or conference call is some of the most radical and revolutionary stuff you can ever be a part of.
2. Everyone (really, everyone) should attend a 2-3 hour workshop on how to take notes at meetings that I or one of my avid followers facilitate.
3. Creating budgets and sticking to them is really empowering.
4. The subversive beauty of all the things you can do with cardboard. I don’t have enough space on the entire internet to talk about how I feel about it.