Updates and inspiration
Tomorrow is the Women’s March. I plan to attend my local march to hand out You+1 Share cards, My hope it to invite several hundred individuals to consider You+1.
We turned the page on the calendar and people are sharing You+1 at an even faster clip. Email and social media are good ways to share. I am also happy to send you You+1 Share Cards.
Share Cards are business card-size, can be kept in your wallet, and are an easy way to give others the web address when you're away from your computer. The standard order is 5 cards… but I have some folks who order hundreds of cards to give to a group.
Burnout and apathy are concerns in this election cycle. If you feel that 2020 is an important election, tell your friends about You+1.
Let's spread the word, care about one another, and elect a truly representative president and congress.
I’ve had holidays when I was with family, other years when I was with friends, and holidays when I was alone. Each has given me an array of thoughts and feelings; over the years, I’ve learned from sorrow and from joy, I’ve learned from relationships and solitude.
This reflection made me think about the strength and vulnerability of our connections, not only to one another, but also in how we exist in the world. Things that we thought we could count on, may be gone tomorrow. And wonderful things that we never expected, may enter our life.
Right now, I sense a cultural vulnerability - a loss of connection to our country and our elected officials. It feels chaotic and unpredictable.
It may be that, right now, you don’t give a hoot about the government, but I’m willing to bet that you care about a person; there’s someone that matters to you, or some idea that matters to you. For that person or for that idea, it is important to keep your voice.
What can one person do? As it turns out, quite a bit. With You+1, you keep your voice, you place your vote. If you find a +1, your importance doubles. If you tell others about You+1 you put into motion a process that could reach hundreds or thousands of people.
Your actions (or inaction) matter. I started You+1 because I know that I would feel regretful if I could take action and did not.
Join me. It’s like inviting a +1 to a holiday dinner.
Invite someone to join you in You+1.
Inside Out. That’s what make You+1 different. It’s not about strangers knocking on doors, organizations sending ugly mail about candidates, or unknown social media companies posting manipulative posts. You+1 is about being with the people you know and love. It's saying, I care about the future… do you? Will you vote with me? And it's about sharing the movement with others.
Wouldn't it be nice if people were more like their pets? Dogs appreciate the outdoors, walks, and dinner at a regular hour. They’re always happy when you come home and love you just the way you are. Dogs are social, whether with other dogs or with their humans, so, I’m guessing, if dogs could vote, they would probably find their +1 and vote together!
The You+1 movement was created because I saw a group of underserved individuals in our population --> those individuals who care deeply but prefer to speak softly. Because we are quieter people, we don't always connect on political issues.
And that's understandable.... US political campaigns have a strong focus on the loud and negative. Television ads, postcard campaigns and telephone calls from strangers invade our space and TELL us what to believe.
In contrast, the You+1 movement leverages the power of personal relationships. It invites you to reach out to your friends. You say something that is true for you, like, “I'm concerned about climate change and I want to do something that matters. I’ve found a movement that encourages voters. Would you like to join me?”
The response has been amazing. I am heartened by how many people truly appreciate this quiet alternative to negative political campaigns. I love thinking about how these connections weave a tapestry of civility across the country.
"Right on gal. Keep up the good work to make this world a better place."
"Your idea resonates with me. It empowers me & allows me to feel that I can make a difference in a small way - AND not get easily overwhelmed as I tend to in the process . Thank you ~ a kindred sensitive spirit "
"Wonderful idea. I'm IN!"
"Thanks! I’ve got a lot to think about - and you have kickstarted it!! "
"What a wonderful idea. I will definitely share and try to add a few voters."
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