Y2K Awareness Days and Holidays
Special days can be declared -- organizationally, locally, regionally, statewide,
nationally, or internationally -- to help people learn about and creatively
relate to Y2K. The first such day to be declared was the August 19, 1998,
"500 days left" International Y2K Awareness Day. But any day
can be chosen and worked with by citizens who want to prepare their communities.
We will soon be dealing with 400 days left, 52 weeks left, 200 working
days left, etc. These can be geared to remediation, testing, contingency
planning, preparedness, whatever. There are practical things to be done
on such days, some of which are listed below.
Perhaps even more intriguing to me are the possibilities for highlighting
Y2K-transformational issues using traditional holidays. For example:
Is Y2K scary, or what?! (Even adults are scared of this ghost!)
We can either view it as a trick or a treat.
This is a time to confront our fears, laugh in the face of death and, in
the spirit of the Trickster, dance our way creatively through the dark
Thank you, Y2K, for offering us this opportunity to reflect
on our lives and what's really important.
This is a time for poor people and middle and upper class people to talk
about life in the Y2K era, and reflect on the nature of wealth, sharing,
This is a time to be mindful of what it takes to have a good harvest, and
of the need to prepare for lean times and tomorrows' harvests.
This, too, is time for reflection. How have we honored or abused
the sacred laws of life? What can we learn together to heal and renew the
world? How can we atone for our failures and become at one with Life and
Christ's birth is a symbol of newness and hope, the Good News.
The power of Y2K to transform us and our world is also Good News, if we
have the generosity to give that gift to future generations.
It is also a time to remember Christ's story of the Good Samaritan, the
outsider who helped a suffering stranger when the more upright citizens
passed him by. We all face this challenge and will probably face it further
thanks to Y2K.
Community Awareness Activities
1. Have the city and state leaders proclaim a certain day Y2K Awareness
Day (read How to get a Mayor's or Governor's
Proclamation about Y2K)
2. Do press releases and have each and every magazine, newspaper, etc.,
have special reports on that day.
3. Distribute packets of information to all the libraries. Volunteer to
help them setup special displays. Provide them a
list of books and resources that will aid the public in seeking knowledge.
4. Have a community meeting or barbecue and start a discussion group - consider
churches, associations, community activities etc.
5. Call up your favourite non-profit or community support agency and volunteer
to help them fix and prepare.
6. If you have materials or products donate them to your local schools,
non-profit and library groups.
7. Send an email of resources and information to all your electronic friends
and family and ask them to forward.
8. Ask your employer what the status of their Year 2000 program is and offer
to assist in some manner.
9. Offer a workshop or share material with all of your employees on your
status and what their roles are.
10. Offer your customers and your suppliers assistance with their programs.
11. Add Y2K facts and tips to payroll slips, newsletters, email responses,
voicemail hold messages etc.
12. Call on your elected representatives to share publicly Y2K priorities,
status and plans. Advise and assist them if they need guidance!
leille v. sussman
president, sussman inc
Portland, Oregon USA
LIBRARY LIST - thanks to Nancy Mckibbin, Sally Chew and Norman Kurland!!
- Hyatt (The Millennium Bug)
- Yourdon (Time Bomb 2000)
- Feiler (Finding & Fixing Your Year 2000 Problem)
- Ragland (Year 2000 Problem Solver)
- Bourne (Year 2000 for Dummies)
- DeJager (Navigating 00)
- Keogh (Solving the Year 2000 Problem)
- McDermott (Solving the Year 2000 Crisis)
- Murray (The Year 2000 Computing Crisis)
- Ulrich (Year 2000 Software Crisis)
- Year 2000 Best Practices