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Hosting A CCL House Party

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Description
This training walks through how local groups have hosted house parties, open homes, and climate action salons in their own homes to help generate engagement in their local communities for Citizens' Climate Lobby and the Energy Innovation Act.
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TOC and Guide Section
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Identify a Host
  • Could be CCL or not
  • Find friends supportive of work outside of our network 
  • Get more engagement with less experience of CCL
Create an invite
  • Include the who/what/when/where
  • Be sure that all of the information is concise and easy to understand the details
  • Recommend that people RSVP to get sense of attendance/structure
  • Highlight it being fun and kid-friendly
Organize stations to be an action
  • Consider beginning to go paperless with your chapters' calls to actions for engaging people at your event. See the Paper Grassroots Outreach training for recommendations on how to get started and the actions to feature. 
  • Make the party fun and with movement to create mingling and different approaches
  • Great way to get volunteers to take ownership of certain areas - gives them an opportunity to take on task of specific area of expertise
Follow-up
  • Reaching back to volunteers who were hosting each action station to check-in and see how the experience went and any ideas they have to make it better. 
  • Based on the stations - another option is to contact those that had expressed interest in connecting their network, or hosting another Energy Innovation & Carbon Dividend Action party
  • Celebrate and commend all involved 
  • Asked - do you know anyone else that might be interested in supporting the bill?
Setting the Event Up
  • Deciding On Location
  • Deciding on Food & Drinks
  • Trade-offs to consider for both
  • Ask: What is your goal for your event? Who do you want to attract?
Getting Volunteers
  • Give options for stations 
  • Send out volunteer signup form via email and pass volunteer signup around at chapter meeting. 
  • Reach out to friends not in chapter to get more involvement
  • Have 2-3 people per station extras!
  • Volunteers to help set up or clean up, bring food, market the event
Promoting & Coalition Building
  • Promoted on Facebook, Eventbrite, Eco-listservs
  • Our Children’s Trust invited to join
    • Keynote presentation helped create a broader draw
  • Importance of activities, actions, photo op
Lessons Learned
  • Great opportunity for involvement
  • Lead to new local participation
  • Loved the speakers
  • Journalists covered!
  • Get/record feedback at the event
Resources
Length
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https://vimeo.com/showcase/6634893
Video Outline
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Intro & Agenda
(1:22)

Community Climate Party (Virginia)
(4:40)

Energy Innovation & Carbon Dividend Action Party (Utah)
(13:53)

Climate Action Open House (DC)
(25:00)
Instructor(s)
  • Sarah Karush
  • Bill Barron
  • Julia Selker
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Audio length
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Audio Outline

To skip ahead to a specific section go to the time indicated in parenthesis.

Intro & Agenda
(1:22)

Community Climate Party (Virginia) 
(4:40)

Energy Innovation & Carbon Dividend Action Party (Utah)
(13:53)

Climate Action Open House (DC) 
(25:00)

Instructor(s)
  • Sarah Karush
  • Bill Barron
  • Julia Selker
Downloads
Go Deeper
Read about earlier house parties like the Climate Salon approach in New York in this CCL Blog article.
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Topics
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