Volunteer Checklist

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You are reading this document because you want to volunteer with /The Rules. Thank you and welcome to the community of radical thinkers and doers. The first question you have is ‘how do I volunteer?’ or ‘what can I do?’ This document is an attempt to answer that question.

Once you are done with it, you will (hopefully) have an idea about how to get started. However, this is not a binding, set-in-stone kind of a list. It’s an evolving list of things we can do to bring radical thought to the mainstream.

If you have a fantastic, earth-shattering kind of an idea, and you can make it work then go ahead with it. As long as it sticks to the issues, is non-violent and doesn’t involve a defamation suit it’s fine. You can always run it past us if you are not sure.

Who knows your idea might just be a part of this list for future volunteers. So let’s get started. Hope you have a blast.

Thanks!

/The Rules team

Objectives and Tasks

Objective: Bringing radical thought to the mainstream.

1. Stay up-to-date with radical thought.

2. Create – Share – Organise

  • Create content that promotes radical thought.
  • Memes to circulate on the internet.
  • Infographics that present hard facts in an appealing manner.
  • Videos
  • Blogs.
  • Podcasts.
  • Technology (code, analyse data, UX design, develop apps).

 

  • Share content to spread radical thought.
  • Blogs/ articles.
  • Memes.
  • Petitions.
  • Videos.
  • Graphics.

 

  • Organise to add strength to radical thought.
  • Meet ups.
  • Join a local protest or organize one.
  • Start a campaign on a local issue. .
  • Film screenings.
  • Book club.
  • Local volunteer hub.

3. Other tasks

  • Comment on favourable content to show support.
  • Comment on unfavourable content to show dissent.
  • Join discussions on relevant issues on /The Rules website.
  • Participate in discussion with other community members on social media.
  • Help translate blogs, reports or any other content in different languages.
  • Participate in days of action, twitterstorms and other activities.
  • We’d love to hear from you if you have special online communications skills.
  • Active members on networks like Tumblr, Reddit, Imgur, can spread the word there. Or share what’s being discussed in these forums.
  • Pitch stories to mainstream publications, TV or radio shows.
  • Fundraise for specific projects
  • Watch-out for breaking trends online.

 

Resources

Videos: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYEvIS6p5TYyghDj3ErodSw

Articles and research material: http://therulesblog.org/

Webinars: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+TheRulesOrg/posts

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Trump: Join us in connecting the dots

The election of Donald Trump has left millions, maybe even billions of us in shock. Although we may be looking with bewilderment at the US today, we should remember that he is not an isolated phenomenon. He is a symptom of a sickness that is raging all around the world. People are hurting, disillusioned with mainstream politics and increasingly angry at a neoliberal economic system that is destroying lives and the planet with increasing ferocity. And in their desperation they are willing to consider extreme measures to make themselves heard.

Demagogues thrive amid fear and insecurity, which is why they paint the world in such dark terms. It’s a strategy that has put right-wing populist leaders in power in an Axis of Egos: from Brazil to Turkey, the Philippines to Russia, authoritarian strongmen like Trump are on the rise. Meanwhile, many centrist liberals, like the Democratic Party in the US, have been so intent on rejecting left-wing populist solutions, and so sure of their ability to beat anyone running on a white supremacy platform with its misogyny and homophobia, that they opened the door for Mr. Trump to walk straight through. Their preference is always to maintain the status quo that has served them so well.

As dangerous as the election of Trump is for the world, we can also see in this moment the truth that we simply cannot rely on the electoral political system to save us, because it is designed to prevent the fundamental change we need. Its own survival is at stake and it will marshal all its champions and resources to defend itself and stop the emergence of a new system. But when we work, or continue working for change from the ground up; when we build or keep on building new ways of living and being with each other where we live; when we construct or keep constructing the future we know is possible with our own hands, rather than hoping distant leaders will build it for us, we find our true power. Finally, when we combine that with the unbending hope that has powered change through the ages, we know our power has meaning.

A 400-year-old economic system is dying and another is struggling to be born. Change on this scale is not going to be smooth or easy. We should not be surprised, then, that moments like this — where the establishment is dealt a body blow — become more and more common. We can despair when that blow comes in the form of right-wing extremists, or we can step-up. We are the ones we are looking for, who can and must grasp the opportunities in these crises that are undoubtedly there.

So it’s time to come together, taking time to remember the earth. Remember all the successful struggles for justice that came before us, and imagine all those to come. Remember that social movements are growing all over the world and realising the common struggle. Remember life. Then, organise. Find each other and help midwife the inevitable transition that brings forth from the ashes of neoliberal capitalism a system that works for the good of all life on Mother Earth. This is not just activism; this is our responsibility as human beings alive as this all unfolds.

This is why we are here.