El-Mongo wrote:if there is anything i can do...
This is the slog time. An athlete puts in hours and hours of training and preparation, just for the chance of that brief moment of glory. We need to do the same. What can we all do?
- Read up about the subject. Get familiar with all sides of the issues, including arguments for and against, arguments from industry, government and political opponents. Read the material at our wiki page http://pirateparty.org.uk/wiki/index.php?title=Links_to_Useful_Research,_Newspaper_Articles_etc. and add to it, if you find something new. The better informed we all are, the more persuasive we will all be. We all seem to want a democratic party - that means we'll make quicker, better decisions as a party if everybody knows what they are talking about and have checked the facts.
- Get the name Pirate Party out to as broad an audience as possible. Leave comments on web news stories and articles. Write letters to newspapers about relevant stories. Keep it short and simple - the more people who read it, the better. Don't go into lots of detail about whether the UK party set up or not, just say you are working to support the goals of the Pirate Party, and highlight the three aims: to reform copyright and patent law; to promote the freedom to pass on ideas and culture; to ensure that an individual's privacy rights are protected. Refer to the party's URL.
- Don't wait for the party to form in order to organize social gatherings. The 'business' side of these gatherings is just to get a complete list of emails, phone numbers and addresses so you know who and where local supporters are. This will be vital come any election campaign in your region. Use these contact details so you can invite them to future meetings and send them news of what is happening. Tell the people who attend that you intend to co-ordinate for the party in that region and you are just starting the job of finding other people who are interested. Get them to spread the word and encourage friends to add their details to the list of local of supporters. (And please, don't anyone mention the Data Protection Act as a reason not to gather contact details. One of the stupid things about these laws is they don't make allowance for how any normal person lives their life, as if everybody should formally register with the government just to keep an address book...)