It'd be nice to see if we can organize through the GROUPS section to be able to address issues on a grass-roots level. First, people need to help. We'd need group leaders to volunteer for activating and managing groups. All are encouraged to join the group respective to their cities. Group leader's will be expected to eventually post contacts to leaders in the government, media and submitting summaries of events and local concerns to ECF. ECF can utilize the location we enter in our member profiles to disseminate information from each group accordingly. Hopefully they could do the necessary coding. I think I'll send a link to one of this sites techies to get some thoughts or suggestions. Members who aren't active in groups will still get informed directly from their home page instead of digging through threads and alerts for it. Group leaders would also need engage members of their groups to discuss how to engage the public in a way that would be effective to their locale. Like having a few members gather at a local bar, VFW or Moose Lodge on a busy night to intentionally expose people and enlighten the curious. Or, seeing if any venue would let you occasionally set up a table of literature or a selection of products,a builders sessions or juice maker competitions. Also, weather permitting, having picnics and gatherings in busy parks or other high visibility public spaces. I'm just providing examples right now because it's possible some of these ideas and decisions could fall under the Group Leader's purview once more details are established.
I hope it's ok that this thread be used to brainstorm on the topic. We need to establish an organizational structure. My approach is to avoid micro-management and across the board strategies that may work in one locale but not so much in another. I'd rather have people that post here have an earnest intent to participate constructively. If you do post "Why this won't work, or "this idea is bad because" please also try to consider and post a solution to the issue that you believe is a hindrance. Thank you!