I'm rather uncomfortable attempting to give a coherent introduction online, hence it taking me a while to get around to.
My name is Sarah and I've become involved with the Pirate Party over the last couple of months because I finally decided that things were getting bad enough that, despite a lifelong disinterest in politics (whoever you vote for, politicians get in), it was time I paid attention and stood up for my beliefs.
I'm mainly still in the 'paying attention' phase of this plan, and as such, have beliefs that are more general than specific. ("Civil Liberties = Good" sums it up pretty well.) As well as a general growing unease with civil liberties being purposefully eroded, one of the things that inspired me to actually get involved with this party was watching the Ted Talk by Rick Falkvinge.
I have very little technical know-how, but I have enthusiasm and a willingness to help organise. Hopefully I can be of use?
I've met several of the Pirates from Edinburgh and Glasgow, and I'm hoping that both cities moving towards having regular monthly meet-ups will help get things achieved. (Shameless Plug: Next Edinburgh meet-up is in the Regent Bar on Wednesday 4th July.)
Great to hear how you've become involved already, and I hope giving your introduction wasn't as uncomfortable as you feared. If you have ideas for making things more comfortable so others will take the same steps please do let us know.
Many are at the same point as you, wanting to stand up and say enough is enough and that something needs to be done without being able to go into much more detail. So often we know right and wrong when we see it, but aren't able to articulate it in the abstract until presented with specific details. I think that's why it is as important to get more people involved with the policy process so that examples can be discussed to help us come up with a little more detail of what we stand for on wider issues.
Enthusiasm and willingness to help really do trump most other things. I hope we can put you to work and you stay just as enthusiastic and willing
And well done for the shameless plug