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E-M:/ Friends -- Keeping you in the loop... :-)
- Subject: E-M:/ Friends -- Keeping you in the loop... :-)
- From: Aaron Wissner <email@example.com>
- Date: Mon, 03 Mar 2008 05:47:30 -0500
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Enviro-Mich message from Aaron Wissner <email@example.com>
While I'm up, bouncing the baby back to sleep, on this rainy spring
much-too-early morning, I thought I'd send you a note on how things are
going with the conference.
The last two weeks have seen a flurry of both snowy weather and
conference progress here in Michigan. We met with the local U.S.
Representative, Vernon Ehlers, who happens to be a member of the U.S.
Congressional Peak Oil Caucus, a former nuclear physicist and college
professor. The meeting went well. He basically endorsed the
conference, and we recorded several minutes of to-the-point discussion
on peak oil. Given that peak oil and climate change are really
non-partisan issues, I'm really appreciative that he was willing to
meet, particularly since my personal efforts in politics have been on
the other side of the isle.
The first members of the conference advisory committee got together,
three times now, for work on the details of the planning. The next
meeting is Wednesday. Each has taken the lead on a particular aspect,
namely advertising/branding, contact outreach, project schedule, and
conference design. This exceptional work is already bearing fruit as
evidenced by the great refinement and additional detail we've been able
to add to the website.
We still have, of course, a long way to go, and we need much more help
to make this event all that it can be, so if you can think of something
that would help the project along, by all means, please lend a hand.
Perhaps you have a particular skill (such as writing compelling press
releases -- which is not my forte) that could be put to very appreciated
use. We also have a great need for spreading-the-word. If you have
email lists or friends to whom you could share the web site or
information about the conference, please, please do so.
On the planning and web site front, you will see a new refined look,
that was first launched only a week ago. The cover of the conference
program and press material is also nearing completion. The timeline is
now in "draft 2" with some adjustments to the placement of sessions, and
I continue to consider how to balance the whole group auditorium time,
with breakout time, with conversation time. Several Local Future
Network members and friends have encouraged lots of time for building
community, so thoughts on how to do that would be appreciated. Another
refinement is in removing excessive detail from the draft agenda, so
that one might read over it and not feel that the conference will be
On the financial end, we've published not only the registration rates,
but also the rate for advertising, exhibitors, and levels of
sponsorships. These are modeled after rates from similarly sized and
audienced conferences, although our registration rate is much, much
lower than most. Our goal has always been to keep registration at the
lowest level possible, so the maximum number of people can afford to
attend, and that price will not be prohibitive. The current $59 rate,
which includes all three days plus two meals, is only available until
the end of next week: please register before those rates increase.
A major event is the first draft publication of the breakout seminars.
If you haven't taken a look at this, please do. This is an area that
we'll need to focus on and critique quickly, so when our "call for
presentations" form is ready, that our potential speakers will know
exactly what their choices might be. The set of breakout seminars
certainly can be expanded or refined in practically any direction. It
is meant to have three dimensions, namely: 1. Sequence -- Plan A, Plan
B, Plan D and Plan C, 2. Track -- Food, Energy, Environment, Community,
and 3. Audience -- food activists, politicians, social change advocates,
parents, etc. By the way, Plan D is a play on various "Plan D"
references made in various other publications this year, and by putting
it out of sequence, it is meant to show that it is not a complete solution.
Another exceptionally major event is the addition of three national
and/or internationally known speakers to the already exceptional list of
speakers. The selection and invitation of these three is designed to
help raise up the quality and visibility of the conference. I'm
particularly excited that the publication of Pat Murphy's book will
coincide with the conference, and based on the title, "Plan C: Community
Survival Strategies for Peak Oil and Climate Change", we can see that he
is right on target with the idea of moving towards a Local Future.
I'm interested to hear your thoughts on speakers that would be good for
the conference. My late entry into the literature of peak oil, climate
change, environmentalism, etc. leaves me at a bit of a disadvantage when
trying to come up with a list of names, so if you do have
recommendations, please do send them, and with a bit of "this is who
this is and why they would be great".
Well, I'd better catch some shut-eye before the alarm bell rings. I
hope this not-too-short note does finds you well. Thank you for reading.
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