How to build an audience around you
1) Think about all the people you interact with politically: Spring members, people in other organizations you’re a part of, people you have political conversations with, co-workers, etc. These people are your “audience.”
2) Think about how you interact with them: at organizing meetings, in discussion or reading groups, in informal conversations, in social settings, at work or union meetings, etc.
3) Think about how you could be more systematic in those political interactions. Specifically, think about how Spring magazine could be a useful tool for those interactions. Here are some examples:
- Share an article with people in your audience, and ask them for their feedback
- Organize a reading group and have a discussion. Two people are enough for a reading group.
- Interview a leading activist you know about the work they do
- Write an article about an issue you care about or a campaign you’re involved in
- Provide media coverage of an action or event in your community
- Invite someone you know to write an article for Spring
- Invite someone you know to attend a Spring meeting or event with you, and ask them for their feedback afterwards
4) Think about how any of these actions helps establish or strengthen a political relationship with people in your audience. If people like what Spring writes about or if they find it helps them be better activists, it builds a bigger audience for Spring and, over time, encourages people to become members or supporters.
5) Think about follow-up. For example, after you provide media coverage of an action or event in your community, how do you share it with the people who participated? How do you get their feedback and strengthen their relationship with Spring?
Spring member’s daily or weekly routine
1) Find time to read an article from Spring. Share it on your timeline, explaining what you liked about it and encouraging others to read it. Tag friends or groups who might be interested.
2) RSVP for any upcoming Spring events. Share it on your timeline, explaining why you’re planning on attending and encouraging others to attend.
3) Similarly, RSVP for any upcoming movement events, share them on your timeline, and encourage others to attend.
4) When you attend movement events, especially actions, try to cover them for Spring. Take a photo and post it with a caption. Write a short article about the action. Interview the organizers and participants. If you have time, try to cover the event in advance, so your coverage helps build it.
5) Keep track of collective decisions at Spring organizing meetings. Think about how you can help implement the decisions by what you do in your own daily and weekly political activity.
How to build the Egypt meeting
1) RSVP on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/741361499852846.
2) Make a list of friends and contacts you think might be interested in the meeting. Then invite them via the Facebook event.
3) Share the Facebook event on your timeline, explaining why you’re planning on attending and encouraging others to attend.
4) The week of January 18, share an article about the anniversary of the Egyptian Revolution and include a link to the Facebook event.
5) During the meeting, share the Facebook Live broadcast on your timeline.