MIMIC THIS! When you get invited to events 3000 miles away (or 20 of them just across town), use COPY & PASTE with the really interesting events to seed your own community's plans for similar events. Why start from scratch.... Beg, borrow and mimic! More....
Last night, after 2 years of setting the stage for a relocalization initiative, we held our first "official" Transition meeting in Milwaukee (not truly official b/c we're still just "mullers"). It was well attended by talented, hand-picked activists from around the city, and a few others who tagged along not really knowing what it was about. We have another meeting scheduled for Feb, but between now and then we need a way to communicate, network, and hopefully allow some structure to begin to emerge. This seems like the logical forum, but I still don't quite know how to use it.
Most importantly I need to know whether there is a way to send messages to one another that get delivered directly via email, as opposed to sitting on this site and generating an email that says "so and so has left you a message." I think most of us are accustomed to the listserv model and I'm concerned that people will find having to go to the site to check messages too cumbersome (I do).
The site has so many different levels that I easily get lost in it. I have more questions... but I know the site is evolving, and I admit I'm not as tech-savvy as some (very familiar with Yahoo & Google Groups, but decidedly naive about social networking type sites) so it may just take me a while to catch on to the site's structure. Mostly I just need to know for now how to use it to communicate with members of my local group. (I've already set up a group for SE Wisconsin within the Transition Wisconsin network.)
Any help would be much appreciated. Also, in the future, is this the right place to ask for general help using the site? Or is there a help forum somewhere?
Thanks to all who have made this possible!
Nicole in Milwaukee
Perhaps, when our groups get sufficiently well organized and populated, Les can create a facility for spokespeople from the various groups to communicate in a facile and effective manner.
At this point, I think we still have a lot of learning and discussing to do rwith repect to refining the basic mission, principles,and startegies of our "transition" movement.
My proposal is that we set as a mission to accomplish a neighborhood-based/inter-community/inter-regional/worldwide organization of ecological economic planning and redevelopment based on the unifying principles of world peace, equity, humanity, sustainability, and quality of life.
Most importantly I need to know whether there is a way to send messages to one another that get delivered directly via email
Yes, click on the photo of the person you want to write to, going to their profile page. Use SEND A MESSAGE in the left column, under that person's photo.
how to use it to communicate with members of my local group
Go to GROUPS and click on SE Wisconsin. Start a discussion or contribute to an ongoing discussion with this group. Once you have entered your groups page, use the SEND MESSAGE TO GROUP to mail to all members of the Group.
is this the right place to ask for general help using the site?