Green Campaign Workshop
Greens need to get big money out of politics, reduce income disparity, and activate the citizenry to build a sustainable future and economy. To meet these challenges we need to reach beyond the old paradigms of polls and power and engage citizens on a personal level with the issues that matter to them.
This session will be lead by Thomas Teuwen, a Synergist who worked for years in Elizabeth May’s riding association.
Thomas has drawn upon his campaign experience and the expertise of others to synthesize a new approach to citizen engagement. This approach promises to short circuit the tedious prospect of decades long party building. The urgency of climate change and inter-generational inequities do not offer us the luxury of incremental change.
Thomas will start with presenting an outline of basic principles that he has assembled from his experience and from his engagement with others across Canada. This includes some provocative ideas:
- Greens don’t elect Greens – the stealth vote
- The power of community building – ask big to win big
- Emotions drive behaviour – communicate as if people matter
- Leadership is voluntary – and highly over-rated.
Next he will lead us through the GreenStorming process to build on each other’s ideas and how they can work within our local community. You will leave energized with new campaign ideas and tools which can be used to break out of the incremental growth model and embrace the dynamics of exponential engagement.
Ideas don’t go anywhere unless they are owned by their champions. And no one knows the local community and what makes it tick, better than the people who live in it. You are invited to this event because you are seen as a leader or potential leader within the local Green community.