From Dick Miller in West Seattle:
I was sitting in the Varsity Theater the other night, waiting for the trailers to start. I always carry a petition with me. There were about 30 people in the theater and the lights were still up. I suddenly thought, “Bingo! Captive audience, just waiting.” So I stood up and launched into my spiel about I-1329 – about 3 minutes worth. I got a dozen signatures and other requests for slim jims, which I had with me. I don’t know what got into me – I hadn’t planned it – I just got inspired all of a sudden. It’s a lot more efficient than talking to people one-on-one.
From Rodger Stevens in Vancouver, WA:
I want to direct your attention to our blogspot where we have rolled out a new tool to use in organizing our efforts with the various venues. Dianne Kocer, our venues coordinator, came up with a brilliant technique to keep track of times and coverage called Sign Up Genius. On our blogspot we have a place where people can simply click and go to the designated venue to register for a time. It has not been released to the whole team yet but will be early next week. We have been trying it amongst ourselves on the Field Team steering committee and it seems to be working well.
Our blogspot address is www.wamendsw.blogspot.com
We are also trying to get a mentor page started. We are not so far along on that yet but, hopefully, by the end of the week we will have a cohort of mentors on the list.
From the Olympic Peninsula Chapter of OFA: How to make a bunch of signature gathering boards: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gj5TX8iWjXA Terrific ingenuity!
From Sue McDaniel:
“Well, it’s really the technique my team developed when we worked on the Gun Control petitions. I can’t take credit for it,” says Sue. “But what we do is, we don’t engage in conversations. We convey the idea that this is important and serious – serious enough for each of us to have maybe 4 petition boards going at the same time.”
She can talk to a group of people and 4 people can then sign together at the same time, rather than letting one signer monopolize the board while other potentials leave or walk away.
She explains what she wants quickly. “They either want it or they don’t. Most people want to get big money out of politics – I ask them if they do – that’s my grabber – “Are you concerned about Big Money in Politics?” – and that’s usually it. I tell them 16 other states have done this. Sometimes I mention corporations not being people, money not being speech, and we want to control the amount of money in elections. People appreciate that we are not being paid to get signatures.”
In case someone wants to read about it, she has SlimJims handy and a one-sided printout just of the full text from the back of the petition – so that person doesn’t monopolize that petition board while reading the back of the petition.