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  1. Developing a progressive centre, a physical space

    There is desperate need for an accessible, progressive, centre for a diverse range of activities.
    • Meeting/workshop rooms.
    • Presentation/performance space.
    • Book shop, green goods, café, etc.
    • Offices.
    • Space for making stuff (banners, giant puppets, etc.).
    • Storage.

    A place with shared resources:
    • Computers, internet, printers, copiers, etc.
    • Tools.
    • Art supplies.
    • …

    A place that brings together diverse communities of interest:
    • Activist, social-change, non-profit groups and projects,
    • Arts groups,
    • Cultural groups,
    • Technologists (friendly hackers, etc.),
    • Educators,
    • etc.

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    • Progressive Talk Show (online videos)

      Start a progressive talk show, posting the videos online.
      • Updates on local activities, projects, groups.
      • Interviews with various relevant folks.
      • Commentary & rants.
      • Video clips from events (like protests, etc.).

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        Anyone want to contribute some money to help me get an appropriate video camera (about $500-$1000), microphones (about $200) and some lights (about $300-$1200), please?

      • Calgary Urban Agriculture

        Advancing the development of urban agriculture in the city, including linking up people working on, and interested in, it.

        • Community gardens
        • Roof-top gardens
        • Guerrilla gardening
        • Community supported agriculture (CSA)
        • Food not lawns
        • Food security
        • Urban wetlands
        • 100 mile diet
        • …

        http://groups.google.com/group/calgary-urban-agriculture/

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        • focus on one or two actions until they are completed

          With the talent and experience gained over the past 20 years, it is a shame to see some many good ideas just get started before they are abandoned for the next great idea.

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            A number of years ago, someone said about me something to the effect of “Grant would really accomplish something if he would pick one thing and really make a go of it, instead of spreading across so many different groups and projects.”

            I thought about that for a while and came to the conclusion that I already had a focus: Drawing connections across diverse groups and projects.

            When I started the Activist Network, I setup the tech side of things (web & email lists), but I also tried to act as a human activist network by going to all sorts of different events and groups. I was learning about all the different sorts of activism in the city, helping others become aware of that, and identifying opportunities for sharing, collaborations and linking up.

            All that said, I do tend to spread myself way too thin :-)

          • Collaborative Action project & website

            An idea I’ve had for a long time for bringing together the thousands of progressives in Calgary to do collective actions. My working title for this has so far been “We move as one”.

            Some rough schedule, like once a month or once a week, there would be one action that everyone was encouraged to support. Actions might include:
            • rallies, protests, marches, …
            • letters, emails, phone calls to politicians, the media, corporations, …
            • signing a petition,
            • etc.

            By working collaboratively — across issues and groups — we could potentially make very significant changes in our society.…

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            • Write a book

              On activism, social change, group process, living simply, democracy, community, etc.

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              • Reviving the Revolutionary Knitting Circle

                The Revolutionary Knitting Circle has been dormant in Calgary for a couple years, now.

                The Revolution demands action!

                http://knitting.activist.ca/

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                • Activist Network website

                  Rebuild the Activist Network website with support for:
                  • Events (integrating with other event sites like Facebook, Meetup, Upcoming, etc.)
                  • Groups (with messaging — forums and email lists)
                  • Media contact system (automation for sending media advisories and press releases)
                  • Petitions (support online petitions and integration of offline petitions)
                  • etc.

                  9 votes
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                  • Playing with Lego

                    What could be more fun?

                    7 votes
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                    • 6 votes
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                        Heh. While this was posted anonymously, I’m pretty sure I know who wrote it (and it wasn’t David Swann or any of his staffers/party-colleagues).

                        I’m certainly glad to see David heading up the opposition in this province, and have much respect for him and his work.

                        I’d like to hear what others think of this suggestion in relation to the other things I could spend my time on.

                      • General work on the Wayground web system

                        Wayground is my open-source website management system that I use for a variety of sites (Arusha, C$, Calgary Democracy, Greens in Alberta, Activist Network, etc.).

                        There are numerous functions of the system that could be improved or added to make it more useful. (See the forum for ideas and issues with the system: http://wayground.uservoice.com/ )

                        http://wayground.ca/

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                        • Contribute to developing Spacing.ca’s Calgary edition

                          Spacing is an awesome magazine (both in content and design) about public space, urban design, transportation, etc. Jane Jacobs would have loved this magazine.

                          They’re in the process of expanding their coverage to other cities, Calgary among them.

                          http://spacing.ca/

                          5 votes
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                          • Green Party

                            • Build up the Greens in Alberta website http://greensalberta.ca/
                            • Recruit candidates.
                            • Organize and network.
                            • Promote online with videos, etc.

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                            • Professional Motivational Speaker on Activism

                              I think you could combine your passion and beliefs in this idea. Also any videos and media you are aware of or produce could be presented. Maybe even brand yourself as someone who can TEACH people HOW to be activists. I'll bet there are a lot of people out there right now who feel they can't contribute, don't have time or don't know how at all. So could start a wave like Mr. Smith goes to Washington,,,,, rally the masses, get them on the projects you believe in, start mini committees all around the country! eeeeeee

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                              • A bucket list

                                He should pick out the 100 things he wants to do before he dies and then put a time line to them.

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                                • Calgary Democracy Website

                                  Focus on building up the functions and content of the Calgary Democracy website.
                                  http://calgarydemocracy.ca/

                                  (There’s a forum for feature requests at
                                  http://wayground.uservoice.com/pages/calgary_democracy )

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                                  • Documentary videos

                                    Create documentaries about various issues:
                                    • Democracy, democratic reform, Green politics, etc.
                                    • Activist tactics, non-violence,…
                                    • The various projects described by the community project http://tinyurl.com/mutualsupport
                                    • etc.

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