I’m standing with Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley for another 4 years. We’re lucky to have him. Here are some pumpkins we made for him during the first election! Enjoy
In my work as a networker, social networker, email marketing, Facebook teaching, activist, kibbutznik, I tend to think big picture much of the time. At one of my recent Facebook classes, one of the participants, Robert, pulled me aside and asked “why aren’t we Portlanders pulling together more of the time?” He had lived in San Diego and watched as the new age movement prospered there as many of the participants would support each other by buying one anothers’ books, attending each others’ seminars and basically boostering for one another – the helping all boats to rise theory in action. And, it worked.
I agree with Robert and have often thought that our community could use a directory of services, a bank/fund for helping members through tough times as well as something that might be available for scholarships for dance workshops or similar purposes. Since I think that ecstatic dancing is the cat’s meow, and one of the best methods for staying healthy and smart and is also a great community creation tool (like), I’ve also been interested in seeing it spread far and wide. To that end, I wrote this piece last year, and also turned it into a cute cartoon.
Since then a few folks from Portland have gone and started ecstatic dance in their new communities – Erik Blender in Orcas Island and Cheri Anderson in Surprise Valley near Phoenix are the two that I’m most familiar with, and if there are more – please let me know about them. If you know people who live near these areas, please send them Cheri/Erik’s way – as their success will both add to their financial well-being, but will also move more people in the direction of the goodness we have found. Spreading good ideas = healing the planet.
In this vein, Eleanor O’Brien’s show, Dominatrix for Dummies, is a big shout out for ecstatic dance. Eleanor’s show is playing in Seattle 4 more times – we all know people who live in Seattle – help her show sell out and help your friends find their way to the dance floor (The Seattle ecstatic dance scene is building with new dances starting up at OmCulture and beyond. They even have a clothing optional dance… Portlandia???) Eleanor and her show are also about to take the show further afield to Santa Cruz, CA, Orlando, Edmonton (Canada), St. Lawrence, NY and elsewhere. If you want to help spread the goodness of ecstatic dance and support one of our own, figure out how to track what Eleanor’s doing (her email list is a good start, get on it!) and send your friends and relatives to see her when she comes to their town. She’s probably also up for performing her show in towns that are on her road-trip route if you want to go the extra mile
Pulling Together for reals
What would our community look like if we were all pulling for each other a little bit more? I’ve got a list of local healthcare providers who are mostly dancers that I share with the world. What would happen if we routed our buying decisions through a dance filter? It’s certainly something to ponder. I welcome your comments and involvement.
Albert, Caffe D’arte, April 18, 2012
March 16, 2012
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Attention: Domestic Program Development
My parents have been enjoying Road Scholar programs for many years. When planning to visit me in Portland, Oregon recently they were interested in combining their visit with one of your programs. It occurred to me that Road Scholar could offer a program around what this city is really excelling at – sustainable development, urban planning, mass transit and other related topics. I imagine participants might be interested in exploring these topics and taking some of what Portland has learned back to their own communities.
Portland has attracted some of the brightest minds in the sustainability movement. Their exciting work is creating a stir worldwide. I find living here fascinating (watch an episode of the new IFC show, Portlandia, and you’ll quickly see what I mean). I imagine some of your participants would enjoy visiting the “real” Portlandia and learning what all of the buzz is about.
Portland’s excellent food and natural attractions such as the Columbia Gorge would help make such a program quite popular.
Here are a few of the courses/topics I propose for a Portland Road Scholar program:
- Community Gardens/Orchards
- City Repair – a local group that works to make the city more livable cityrepair.org
- Mass Transit – light rail/street cars/buses = Livability – streetcars? – we make them here!
- Depaving – removing pavement and adding in community gardens – depave.org
- Neighborhood Councils – Portland has more than any other city and they are effective at creating change
- Neighborhood Art Walks: Last Thursday on Alberta St., 1st Thursday in the Pearl , and more
- Reviving main street – small businesses thrive in Portland – Buy Local Movement
- Bike Culture – seeing Portland by bike
- Tree planting (Friends of Trees) and other eco-conscious ways that the City’s infrastructure is being improved – storm water, bioswales…
- Hi-tech: Portland is a center for technical innovation. Participants could take part in social networking classes, learning how to document their Portland experience and share it with friends. I’ve been teaching classes in this since 2009 and I would love to offer my services.
- Portlandia behind the scenes – why is Portlandia funny? A Portlandia screening in an old movie theater and then visits to some of the places shown in the series
- McMenamins– This thriving local empire restores local movie theaters, chapels, and lodges into thriving brewpubs, restaurants and hotels. Their success speaks to Portland’s appreciation of history and culture of creative re-use.
- The Re-Building Center – the re-use of building materials
- Portland’s quality-of-life values: getting rid of the freeway separating downtown from the river led to many other improvements and helps make Portland one of the most livable cities in the United States. See also: our amazing urban growth boundary
- Farmers Markets, food carts, local restaurants
- Ecstatic and Tango dance – both are experiencing steady growth in Portland (we are also the center for NIA and other body movement therapies)
- Alternative medicine –Portland’s alternative healthcare scene is thriving (acupuncture, massage, watsu, etc.)
These are some sample topics. I can imagine many more which could contribute to an evolving program for those who visit Portland.
As a 10-year Portland resident and an avid networker I have contacts with many experts on the above topics who would serve as excellent teachers. I would be glad to coordinate any and all aspects of this project and am also excited to collaborate, another Portland skill! I have long had an interest in teaching retired people life skills and this course could include tracks in financial management, alternative healthcare choices and other later in life skills.
Portland is a special place. It’s repeatedly listed as one of the most desirable places to live in the United States. If this idea interests Road Scholar let’s discuss the idea further. I hope we can make a Road Scholar Portland Sustainable City program happen. And, I’m sure my parents; Rich and Hannah Kaufman will be the first to sign up!
Albert Kaufman @ Albertideation – social networking guidance: http://albertideation.com
“Social networking is not just about selling, but about building relationships, sharing wonderful information, and developing trust.” http://www.socialmediaalacarte.com/
Social Networking – WHY?
- It’s free
- It’s easily accessible
- It’s booming
- It’s interesting
What social networking?
- Facebook, FB Fan pages, FB ads and other pages (how to make a link using the @ sign ) (other interesting ways to link things)
- Linked In
- Using ping.fm to link all of your social networks together
- working as a team can improve your reach
- Your team can be made up of friends or biz associates linking to one another’s work
How to be a good social networker?
- Be friendly
- Be upbeat
- Be helpful, and make things easy for your friends/customers
- Be useful
- Show your best, positive side
When social networking?
- Daily (ping.fm can help)
Where social networking?
- One fan page or many?
- One account or many?
- Advantage of doing it all yourself?
- Advantage of hiring someone to do some of it for you?
- Easy Access – from anywhere, just need a laptop or mobile device
Who uses social networking?
- Small businesses
- Big Business is getting on board and playing the game
- Why use email marketing?
- Harvesting your email list and that of your associates to build your business and reach. How to?
- I recommend a monthly e-letter (does not have to be extensive – can point to blog posts, links you find interesting, a few pictures – a way to keep people interested)
- My affiliate link for Constant Contact :
- My affiliate link for Mad Mimi:
What I offer @ Albertideation:
- Consultation on all of the above – Price/package menu available @ http://albertideation.com/menu-of-services/
- Customization of FB Fan Pages
- One on one training/tutoring
- Presentations to groups
- Classes in my home and on-line
- Best practices information for websites
- Website creation & maintenance on WordPress
- Small business marketing and promotion
Contact me @ firstname.lastname@example.org or 503-358-0029 to set up a time to get together. Referrals welcome