Launching Some Campaigns
Ok, I'm back, and I'd like to start a discussion around moving the NZ Pirates beyond our navel-gazing focus on our party structure, our software platforms, and recruitment.
Not that these things aren't important, they are. The work done on getting infostructure up and running, like this Loomio group and regular Mumble meetings, gives us platforms for coordination and cooperation which we need. But to really grow the party, and make it really worth people putting their energy into it, we need to become a bit more outward looking.
We have issues we all care about, from proposals on core Pirate issues like copyright and patent reform, to more radical proposals like UBI, and drug law reform. We need to think about how to help build movements around these proposals. As a small organisation, we need to build alliances with other groups to scale campaigns to the point where they can make countrywide impact. We need to think about who those allies might be, and how to build platforms of cooperation with them (both on the ideas level and the practical level).
Our outreach to the Cannabis Party and the New Economics Party is a good example of a step towards becoming part of a larger networked movement for social change. What else can we do? What campaigns could we launch, how should they be structured, how do we get more groups involved?
We all have limited amount of volunteer time to put into this. We need to think strategically about how to use it to best effect.