“Save the Republic, using my Google calendar and map, and my email addressbook?”
I managed a Google Calendar for four years and really knew little about its capabilities, until I discovered a Google Calendar in Michigan that was set up to centralize events of Tea Party and 912 groups. This was created by person, or persons, who did not wish to “get credit,” but simply provide a way for “newly-emerging patriots” to connect and cooperate. Wow! Placing the events of ALL Michigan groups ALL in ONE place! Clearly, with all of the new “Ning” groups igniting throughout our state, we – and, as yet, unconnected citizens – needed something that would inform as to where, and how fast, this “patriot fire” was spreading! This looked like it would “fill the bill.”
Embracing this important development (end of October, 2009) I, and others, got to work. In addition to having the capability of adding Editors (who could post events), this Google Calendar had the ability to let “Subscribers” “add Guests” to those events – it would generate an RSVP guest invitation! Thus, it could become a powerful tool whereby individuals could “drive the movement” by simply using the calendar as a “mission outreach project.”
In order to more easily “get it out there,” we first put together a shortened URL (http://snipr.com/miactscalendar).
Being aware of groups who had, for a long time, shared the concerns of Tea Parties, we thought it would be well to “bring them into the fold” as peer “activists” in the cause of Liberty. (And they mobilized toward the Tea Parties with the same idea!) So, it was going beyond just the new Tea Parties, and bringing new, and old, together – thus, the term Liberty Activists seemed to better characterize this unity of new, and old, whose aim is to return to original founding principles of the Republic!
And so, it became clear that what we had crafted was not just a passive posting calendar, but rather an “Activist Calendar” – a vehicle whereby a vast, flat, and broad-based Liberty activist movement could manifest itself as a cooperating coalition of individuals working independently - at their own computers – using their email addressbooks, to produce calendar-generated “RSVP Invitations” to increase attendance at events and, in so doing, increase the membership of groups hosting those events!
One of our co-editors, a Tea Party member from Lapeer, had an idea to begin a Google Map that located the Tea Party groups in Michigan. The thought dawned on us that it would be well to package the calendar and map together under a new domain name. My son bought, and offered to host, the domain. My other son provided the html coding, and MichiganActivists.com was born, and it has fulfilled the vision by becoming a truly “shared tool,” by which any patriot interested can become one with the rest of us.
Seeing how well this could work, we decided to share it with another long-time Liberty Activist in California. Not only did she share the enthusiasm, but she suggested that we take it to other states and, if I would do the footwork, she’d pay for the domains! Surprisingly, not only were the other domain names of like nomenclature [(State)Activists.com] available, but so were the Google accounts that would feed them! We got ‘em bought, and hosted.
Having now completed the structural set-up across the States, we’re moving closer to fulfilling a vision where any Editor – or Subscriber – in any state can become the same in any other state where they know people. However, before this can become a reality, we need many more tenacious “1st Editors” who will take the lead to start-up their state’s “Activist Calendar.” They will need to be the ones willing to work hard, until other performing “co-Editors” come on board. to eventually lighten their workload.
Once all these Activist Calendars are well-staffed, and underway, we will then be able to simply “click on” any state’s events (whose Activist Calendar we’re subscribed to, through our Google Calendar accounts), post events we happen to come across, or otherwise lookup events already existing,, and send our acquaintances, living nearby, an RSVP invitation! That’s right, Subscribers (and Editors) in one state can actually generate attendance, and hopefully help build the membership of groups hosting those events – in other states!
We’re now looking for “1st Editors” for those state “Activists Calendars” that are in need. Simply click on your state, here, or on this “larger “Act Anywhere” map” link (also on the main menu of all state Activist Calendars at [YourState]Activists.com). If you, or someone you know, would like to be “a servant” to your state’s Liberty Activists, as a “1st Editor,” please email as directed at (YourState}Activists.com.