The San Francisco
Bay Area Year 2000 Community Forum
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* * Y 2 K D I A L O G U E M E E T I N G * *
WEDNESDAY at 7 PM sharp (come early!)
at the Presidio Alliance, Building 563
just inside the Lombard Street gate to the Presidio of San Francisco
(it's the first left if you're driving west on Lombard Street)
! ! BRING FRIENDS ! !
There's a lot to learn and discuss about Y2K -- whether you are new to
the issue or have been following it for years ... whether you're wrestling
with your anxiety or lobbying your city council ... whether you're trying
to protect your family or to build sustainable, resilient communities. To
succeed at these things, we need to talk with each other -- to share our
stories, information and insight. There are facts we all need to know and
gifts we all bring to this effort. All of us can get clearer about what
we're doing -- and we need to build common ground to stand on together.
That's what a few of us created BAY2K for. But please hear us: It takes
a lot to make this happen; we can't do it without you. The more people who
come, the better it will work for everyone. We would like to see everyone
in the Bay Area who is interested or active in Y2K. If you find yourself
uninterested, we'd love to hear why, so we can make it better. Tell us what
kind of program or dialogue you'd like to participate in.
To get the dialogues started, we'll be handing out introductory briefing
sheets on each of the ten major topics listed below, one for each dialogue
group. We'll break up into as many groups as there are people who want to
do them. You'll pick one group to start out with, but you can move to a
different group at any time. Near the end, all the groups will share highlights
of their dialogues. You may even find people to work with on things that
matter to you. (And when it's all over at 9 pm, you and your new friends
can watch some Y2K videos together, if you'd like...)
So come to the Presidio Wednesday night. Help make it a success. Bring your
questions, your concerns, your passions, your information. Together we can
learn a lot, connect up with each other, and make a difference.
T: 415-931-2593 or 510-654-0349 * F: 415-931-0948 * email@example.com
"BAY2K responds to the challenges of the Year 2000 technology problem
by empowering people with information, contacts and dialogue. We encourage
personal and local community responses that are sustainable and resilient,
now and into the millennium - in the Bay Area and beyond."
DIALOGUE GROUPS YOU CAN JOIN WEDNESDAY NIGHT:
1) THE Y2K CRISIS - This group is about the dangers, dynamics and opportunities
of Y2K, itself. People new to Y2K (or BAY2K's approach to it) can come here
to get more informed and find fellowship with other concerned people.
2) EMOTIONAL SUPPORT - Y2K is an emotionally challenging issue for many
of us. When emotional issues dominate our awareness, it can help to share
our feelings with others. If the dialogue in this group gets too heady,
anyone can bring it back to feelings. And remember: Attentive, empathic
listening is more important here than advice (unless someone asks for advice).
3) PERSONAL PREPAREDNESS - Here's where we get informed about the nuts and
bolts of physically preparing our own households and supporting each other
in doing that. (Emotional preparedness and neighborhood preparations are
covered in groups 2, 6 and 8.)
4) OFFICIAL CONTACTS - Here we'll share responsibility for contacting utilities,
corporations, small businesses, hospitals, governments, emergency services,
community groups, school systems, nonprofits, etc. (only sustainability
nonprofits are excluded, since they are covered in group 5) -- about their
role in community preparedness -- both their own preparedness and their
role in serving the community as it prepares.
5) SUSTAINABILITY - Here's where to explore approaches to community self-reliance
and resilience. What can we create that will help communities be more self-reliant
and sustainable in their food, water, money, security, health care, communications,
decision-making, etc.? This might include involving sustainability nonprofits,
getting local money systems established, creating classes in gardening and
community asset mapping, making group-process help available, creating model
educational materials and community organizing manuals, and so on.
6) NEIGHBORHOOD and sub-community preparedness -- Here you can talk about
organizing people and planning for the food, water, money, security, health
care, etc., you'll need in your neighborhood. You'll need to liaise with
most of the other groups in this list for info and assistance relevant to
particular neighborhoods. Ideally, this group would become a network/support
group for neighborhood organizers. It would figure out how to care for vulnerable
populations and how to engage overlooked populations (such as youth and
the elderly) in community preparations.
7) PUBLIC DIALOGUE - Here you can explore how and why to influence media,
politics, public forums and other information sources. Participants may
want to create public forums of their own (including "Y2K response
fellowship" opportunities for concerned people just to talk with each
other) -- even possible speakers bureaus, etc. We could engage all the artists
and storytellers of our culture, as well as encourage issue-oriented dialogues
and general Y2K educational activities.
8) PSYCHOLOGICAL/SPIRITUAL issues - This group can include personal feelings
and stories, but is more focused on psychological and spiritual ISSUES and
how to deal with them, both at a personal and collective level. (Group 2
is the best forum for sharing personal feelings.) Projects might include
engaging the therapeutic and clerical/spiritual communities to serve public
needs in this area of Y2K, as well as setting up local support/growth groups
and facilitating needed life-changes.
9) FUNDING - This group explores how to garner support for sustainability
activities, sustainable preparation groups and other parts of The Y2K Movement.
10) THE Y2K MOVEMENT: We need to sustain connections with the larger movement
-- in the US and the world -- of those using Y2K to build community, increase
sustainability, and transform our cultures and ourselves in positive ways.
We need to participate in creating visions of how this Y2K crisis could
lead to a transformed society. We need to help find the resources needed
to help that happen. We want to share broadly what we in the Bay Area come
up with that might be useful to others, and disseminate locally what distant
people have come up with that might be useable in the Bay Area.
11) OTHER TOPICS? Are there other topics you would like to discuss? Let