Get familiar with our materials and website.
Plan your first meeting.
Consider recruiting some friends to help out!
Pick a location that's central and easy to reach.
Contact the location to ensure there will be enough room for your group.
You might think about a local library, which often allow groups to use meeting rooms for free. Or consider a local coffee shop or restaurant.
Pick a time during which most people will likely be able to attend (typically in the evenings or on the weekend).
You might think about planning your meeting in some way that reduces any pressure (for instance, Nicole in Portland invited Mobilizers to a meet and greet at a local pastry shop).
- Consider having attendees read our key documents, or maybe you'd like to center your first few meetings around our crisis reading group syllabus.
Draft an email blast announcing your meeting and send to email@example.com.
It's best to invite people to your very first meeting, as opposed to, say, inviting them to a call to discuss planning your first meeting.
Something short and sweet will do (see this link, for example).
Nicole will then send out your email to everyone in our system within 50 miles of you! We'll also post on our website and Facebook.
Print out flyers from our materials page (or make your own and share!).
Promote your first meeting through your own networks.
Consider creating a Meetup in your area. (It costs a bit, but TCM Denver has had a lot of success with it!)
Hold your first meeting.
It's usually a good idea to have your next event set up already (at least tentatively) so that you can promote it at your first meeting. That way, you'll be able to keep 'em coming back!
Here's a sample agenda:
Tell us about why you're here–what's your climate awakening story?
Give us two words to describe why you're fighting
Key Climate Mobilization Concepts
WWII-scale climate mobilization
Maximize active public support
Outreach, education, and coalition-building ("inception")
Nonviolent direct action (awakening)
Our social movement strategy will be released in February 2017!
Follow-up with attendees!
Be sure you have your attendees' phone numbers and email addresses!
Phone call follow-ups often reap the most reward.
What do local groups do?
Local groups work to garner active public support for the WWII-scale climate mobilization we need. They do this through what we call "inception" work, that is, educating and influencing groups to adopt our platform. They also do this through nonviolent direct action, which serves to awaken the public to the climate emergency. We'll be releasing our social movement strategy very soon and beginning a training program on the strategy in February (here's a link to our first session!).
What my local group's relationship to The Climate Mobilization (TCM, our 501(c)(4)) or Climate Mobilization Project (CMP, our 501(c)(3))?
Local groups are considered separate entities.
Can we get funding from TCM or CMP?
We'd love to help out but we're just not able to offer any financial resources at this time. We hope to support local groups in other ways, such as by providing materials, media support, website support, or coaching from our central team.