How to Save the World in your Spare Time

How to Save the World in your Spare Time

Book - 2006
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A no-nonsense primer to everything you need to know about getting involved in the issues you are passionate about - including how to organise a successful petition, getting your issue into the news, and tailoring and targeting your message for maximum effect.
Publisher: Toronto : Key Porter Books, c2006.
ISBN: 9781552637814
Branch Call Number: 361.20971 M466
Characteristics: 207 p. : ill.


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SCLOWATER Oct 26, 2012

This is an excellent resource for activists - particularly for political or enviromental causes. And it's written by a fellow Canadian, who is also very familiar with the US system as it relates to activism. Elizabeth May has spent her entire life as an activist & as a lawyer, she also has the legal expertise which is a great tool for activists wondering about their legal rights. She also gives lots of fundraising ideas, how to get press coverage for your cause & events related to it as well as how to deal with the media, organizing successful petitions (there are actually a lot of legalities & technicalities surrounding how to present a petition to a MP or the House of Commons). Highly informative for activists of all types!

Apr 04, 2012

In the first few minutes of browsing through the book, I learned a super important lesson about how Open Houses are not public consultation even if governments declare they are. And what to do about it!
I met Elizabeth May a few times, and she is absolutely brilliant. Even remembered my name the second time I saw her, and we had barely met before. She has a brilliant mind and knows how to cut through the mess.
I also saw her debate Stephen Harper and she crushed him (even the political pundits agreed). She has a brief section on lobbying corporations. The book is a quick read, which will be useful for those who are short on time.
You won't regret this book, even if you just browse it rather than read it cover to cover.


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Apr 04, 2012

The Open House is all about control. There is no public meeting. Citizens are to wander through a set of exhibits where someone allegedly knowledgeable is available at each station. In the good old fashioned public meeting, if a person had a good question, everyone in the hall heard them. If the so-called expert had pathetically weak answers, everyone heard those as well. Not so in the Open House. p.117

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