How to start a movement

Via Derek Sivers on TED  Embrace the first follower.

 

Great tips from

How to Start a Movement in 7 Easy Steps

by SocialMediaToday

“You say you want a revolution
Well, you know
We all want to change the world” – The Beatles

In this day, people really have a lot of power. The Internet has been the great equalizer with social movements and grassroots campaigns gathering lightning speed in just a few clicks. Social networks and utilizing social media marketing can help perpetuate whatever movement you are trying to create. Not all movements create great social change, some are just for fun and entertainment. (For example, “talk like a pirate day.“) Starting a movement can be a great way to create buzz and attention to what you are doing.

So… How do you start a movement?

Step 1: Know Your Movement

Know who you want to take action and what action you want them to take. “Hey Everyone! Let’s do something!” is not going to get anyone moving. “Hey Moms! Get up and get walking on a weekly ‘mom walk’!” Now I obviously know you don’t want me in that movement, but I know lots of moms who would be interested and will gladly pass information on!

Step 2: Get Educated

What would be the concerns about people starting the movement? Are there legalities you need to be aware of? What questions might a media mogul ask when interviewing you about the movement? The historical evolution of the movement, scientific evidence, tid bits of “gee-whiz” trivia are a few things you might want to have in your utility belt. “Research has shown that petting a puppy at least 3 times a week improves positivity in people by 50%*” sounds better than “I was petting my dog and just thought, it would be cool if other people could pet dogs too!” (*not actual data, I made that stuff up. But please use actual data as people will call you out on it and you will look like a fool :) )

Step 3: Make it popular

Want to know what’s popular… go to any newspaper or news website and see what is on the front page. Do you visualize your movement following along the lines of those stories? Popular topics that get people moving:

  • Kids
  • Animals
  • World Peace
  • Celebrities in trouble
  • Diseases
  • The Bizarre/Funny
  • Politics
  • Sports/health/fitness

Step 4: Rally the troops

Now you need to let people know about your movement! E-mail those you know who will be interested, reach out to your social network, post on your blog, contact like-minded groups and organizations and let them know. Provide information about your movement, which you came up with in step 1. Sprinkle in some factual tid bits, which you researched in step 2. And if you are moving on a popular topic, like in step 3, there will be no reason the troops (at least some troops) won’t rally behind you.

Step 5: Set up communication

Create a point of communication and encourage people to participate. This is easier than ever! If you don’t have a website or blog for people to come to, you can set up a facebook group, yahoo group, ning.com community, and the list goes on and on and on. Just make it ease to participate and encourage people to contribute. No matter how smart you think you are, there will always be this one question to answer: How do we make this better? Let others take a stab and build upon your movement.

Step 6: Get Noticed

Once you have your troops together and communication set up, the movement is on its way. Reach out to the press, your political leaders, the world, and let them know that the movement has started. The Blog-sphere has become the first point of news and you might already find your movement is spinning just in reaching out in step 4. Don’t get comfortable with that, keep the ball moving by letting influential people know that your movement is growing and that they will want to pay attention!

Step 7: Take it easy

Know that people are imperfect and will get discouraged. As the leader of this new movement, do not be too rigid in the requirements. Be understanding and provide encouragement, better yet, encourage others to encourage others (odd sentence, but didn’t know how else to write it :) ).  You should be the point of motivation and provide the means for further support (step 5: set up communications).

It is one thing to sit behind your blog and make a few observations. Taking action! Getting people excited to actually do something! That takes it to a whole new level. Being at the forefront of the movement will bring exposure and recognition with the possibility of a viral landslide. One thing to always keep in mind is, while you might position yourself as the poster child of the movement, it is not about you, it is about what is happening.

What movements will you start?

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8 Solutions to UK Housing Shortage

Eight radical solutions to the housing crisis

By Tom de Castella. Read full article [here in this link]

Pressure to address the UK’s housing crisis grows ever stronger, with a number of radical solutions being put forward to ease the strain.

Hardly a week goes by without some idea making the headlines. On Tuesday, the left-leaning IPPR think tank publishes a report on how to pay for new house building. Researchers also think the government should focus more on bricks and mortar than housing benefit.

Last week, a charity suggested encouraging elderly people to move out of their big houses to make room for larger families.

Just 134,000 new homes were built in the UK in 2010, the lowest number since World War II. This is despite 230,000 new households being formed every year. By 2025 there will be a housing shortfall of 750,000 in England alone, according to the IPPR.

The shortage is hitting the younger generation hardest. A fifth of 18-to-34-year-olds has been forced to live with their parents because they can’t afford to rent or buy a home, according to the charity Shelter.

Commentators across the political spectrum agree the country faces a growing crisis but there is no consensus on how to fix the problem.

Here are some of the boldest remedies being prescribed.

Encourage the elderly out of big houses

Freestyle planning

The government’s proposed reform of the planning laws in England has generated much debate and attracted the anger of many groups, including the National Trust and the Campaign to Protect Rural England. Ministers want councils to adopt a “presumption in favour of sustainable development”, making it harder for officials to reject proposals.

Contain population growth

Force landlords to sell or let empty properties

There are nearly one million empty homes in the UK, and 350,000 of them have been empty for more than six months.

Ban second homes

About 13,500 properties in Cornwall are second homes

“Guarantee mortgage payments

In these difficult economic times, a lack of mortgage availability is the short-term constraint on development, say house builders.

“If people can’t buy, builders can’t build,” says Steve Turner from the Home Builders Federation.

Live with extended family

The general trend is for more people to live on their own rather than with a big family. But in southern European countries, such as Italy, it is much more common for families to live cheek-by-jowl.

It is not always one big happy family when generations move in together

The arts journalistCosmo Landesman wrote in the Daily Mailof his experience of moving back in with his parents.

“We tend to sentimentalise the old, to see them as sweet lovable dears,” he wrote. “But most people have no idea just how irritating, how utterly exasperating it is, living with two old people.”

Build more council homes

Council homes have been part of British society for more than a century, from the “homes for heroes” cottages that were built in the wake of World War I to the much-maligned, monolithic high rises of the 60s and 70s.

New houses in Maidstone, Kent, in 1957

“People often hark back to the 1960s when the state was paying for council houses to be built. I cannot see that happening again with all the other demands on its finances.”

Additional reporting: Caroline McClatc

Pasted from <http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-15400477>

House for £1 = $1.61

Yours for just £1: A house on BOND STREET

(shame it’s the crime-ridden one in Stoke)

Derelict buildings in Stoke, Staffordshire are being sold for a nominal fee in a bid to reinvigorate the area

Part of a £30m scheme, a £30,000 low interest loan is part of the deal

The scheme is funded by Stoke-on-Trent Council and the government

A house in Ferryhill, County Durham is for sale for just £2,500 which could be Britain’s cheapest house

Read more:[Daily Mail]

Pants

EXPLAINING AMERICAN POLITICS TO THE BRITISH

By Oscar Rickett, John Klingler [came across in vice]

“My American friend John and I like nothing more than to enlighten each other on our respective country’s ways. He explained American Football to me, I explained real Football to him and then we talked TV. What’s normal to him seems amazing to me and vice versa; we’re basically those really funny and profound people you hear in pubs loudly bonding over the different meanings of the word “pants”.

Read [the article here]

Limey Oscar says: The UK is no longer a superpower and feels insecure about its place in the world. This being the case, it’s important that our politicians tell us about how they’re going to make Britain a big deal internationally. It doesn’t seem like American politicians struggle with this problem. Or is all the “Chinese century” talk starting to get to them? I imagine that, if foreign policy comes up, it is limited to the fate of “our servicemen overseas” and doesn’t take in the kind of thing leftist surrender monkey Europeans care about (drone strikes; illegal wars; propping up bad regimes etc.).

Yankee John replies: Oscar, America is the greatest country that ever existed, a shining beacon of everything true and good in the human spirit. We invented democracy, optimism and inventiveness itself. Anyone who disagrees is a neo-Marxist, Nazi socialist. We can barely stand it if you forget your flag pin. We do not mention that we have 25% of the world’s prison population, or that 1 in 5 children live below the poverty line, or that the Iraqi War has caused over 100,000 deaths. If we do not talk about these things, then they do not exist, and we needn’t worry about them.

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Iran. Treaty of Versailles revisited.

I draw parallels, plus wish to consider the effects of the Treaty Of Versailles on Germany, with the economic sanctions being vigorously implemented against Iran.
Today, 2 October 2012, news on BBC
Iran currency crisis: Sanctions detonate unstable rialBy Amir Paivar BBC Persian business reporter

As international sanctions against Iran have tightened, the value of the Iranian currency has plummeted.
Ferdowsi Street in central Tehran is named after Ferdowsi, a poet who millennia ago compiled the Epic of Persian Kings and their eternal, mythical battle with evil. Street money-changers walk up and down the pavement shouting or whispering (depending on how much the government likes them at the time) the words “dollar, pound, euro”. They offer good deals for tourists or locals.


Hitler came to power in a poverty stricken Germany. The reparations imposed by the Treaty of Versailles, demanded that Germany repay costs of the war. Currency speculators caused the German Mark to drop, accompanied by runaway inflation. Many homes and farms were lost to speculators and to banks.

Is Iran being pushed into isolation?

Is it entirely about a Nuclear issue?

Iran has already initiated trade on a barter system thereby side-stepping the need for foreign currency or the banks. Just as Hitler did; which incidentally, made him very popular in Germany.

The West underestimates an ancient and historical people like the Persians and is only focused on what it sees as a government of religious fanatics.

The Treaty of Versailles is a signpost for creating unity among a people, who eventually will turn against those who impose an injustice.

Read this article if you have the time.

Handshake- How to

Do it right and Why!

What is your 1st impression of this handshake?

Etiquette International [link]

You are judged by the quality of the handshake.

  • A good handshake: keep the fingers together with the thumb up and open, slide your hand into the other person’s so that each person’s web of skin between thumb and forefingers touches the other’s, squeeze firmly.
  • A proper handshake: is firm, but not bone-crushing, lasts about 3 seconds, may be “pumped” once or twice from the elbow is released after the shake, even if the introduction continues, includes good eye contact with the other person
  • Extend a hand when: meeting someone for the first time, meeting someone you haven’t seen for a while, greeting your host(ess), greeting guests, saying good-bye to people at a gathering, someone else extends a hand.

Handshaking Tips:

if your hands tend to be clammy, spray them with antiperspirants at least once a day.
avoid giving a cold, wet handshake by keeping your drink in the left hand.

If you have the time and the inclination, then please, please, pretty please, read The Perfect Handshake: How to Shake Hands Like JFK and Make an Impression

It is a long article but well worth the effort [View it here]

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Reparation & Ransom

Ladies and Gentlemen;
If some European countries still use the Holocaust, after six decades, as the excuse to pay fine or ransom to the Zionists, should it not be an obligation upon the slave masters or colonial powers to pay reparations to the affected nations?
If the damage and losses of the period of slavery and colonialism were indeed compensated, what would happen to the manipulators and behind-the-scene political powers in the United States and in Europe? Would there remain any gaps between the North and the South?

Hardly surprising and no wonder they walked out.  Truth has a way of pricking the conscience.
And I’ve only picked a random snippet.
I may not agree with everything that the President of Iran represents, but on this occasion he is a lone voice that upholds human values and excellence.
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