First time ever I’ve had a 3 way conference call in the context of OF. Tonight we had one and it was really good, I find it far far more productive and ‘real’ than tediously typing things out to people back and forth. You also don’t really get the true feel of what the person is asking unless you speak. The three way deal made it extremely efficient and all three of us left knowing what each is meant to be doing.
With anything we try do we attempt to get the best value that we can for what we are getting. I don’t mean merely in cost. Something could be £1.99 but its no use if it doesn’t make people sit up and take note. Its no use if it doesn’t get you press. When I talk about value I mean what are the chances of getting some press for our spend, can I build a story around it, the financial cost is a factor, but its not the entire value of a thing.
I am never short on creative ideas, but I promise you, there are few countries with as much fussy legislation and bureaucracy as the UK. I’ve experienced it first hand. They have so many little rules that they effectively choke the life out of creative and legitimate means of protest and advocacy.
They want to tie you up in knots so that you’re only outlet is impotently writing to your MP or some other useless action. Take your protest to the ground and what will they do? Probably ‘kettle’ you. Ever get the sense that the state just don’t want you to have much of a real say in your own future..?
I would guess that about half of the things that I would like to do that would be mind hyper inventive I am disallowed from doing due to precisely this – they suffocate you on so many regulations.
That’s fine though. They can play their little games of too many regulations/not enough real justice. We will work around the edges and keep going anyway. If I cannot do half of my ideas, so what, I will do the other half. Every set back should make us stronger.
Since they choked the life out of our perfectly reasonable plans to drop 10,000 petals into the day sky (while letting ISIS fighters back in), I have been consulting with the others to come up with something that is …
A) Affordable. We don have lots of money. I try my best to use it well.
B) Visual and high impact. For obvious reasons
C) Easy for people to understand
D) Potential of large public reach
E) Something a little different
F) Something that has a good chance of getting us press
G) Something that gets people talking
H) Can be done very soon
Not as easy a remit as you might think when you factor in all those challenges.
But we are quite convinced we have something that ticks most if not all of those boxes.
Its a slight take on something we did last spring, but its a great deal more advanced and with far far more potential to do things with.
For instance, you can have video footage. Video is poweful when presented to the public. Everyone looks. Then there is an audio facility. And then you can of course supplement it with multiple strong mission statements and slogans. You can have all of that in a sort of sequential loop.
To be objectively honest its better than the petal drop for various good reasons.
Its eight hours and not 15 mins
It will probably get the same press but a lot more on the ground views
There’s the option for us to have someone in the passenger seat and live stream the thing back to our FB. Captures the public reaction, draws people into the stream.
As I said at the start we had a great three way telephone conversation tonight and got lots done in an hour. We know what images we are going to run with. We know what visually would make for good video. I am personally going to be working on mission statements. We are presently looking at different options for audio.
We will run off a couple of thousand flyers and give them out at times when we’re stationery.
Between now and June 18th we can likely add bits and polish bits. But the main thing is we have a solid plan that will tick most of those boxes and everyone knows what they are doing.
The music in this video makes me want to weep with pain. But it does sort of give an idea, although our thing will be far better and edgier than this wee demo.