You’re invited to host a 100 Great Ideas house party!
PUNCH LINE: We’re looking for 25 locals to host community conversations in their home or neighborhood to generate ideas as part of our next 100 Great Ideas campaign on climate resilience and sustainability. Sound like something you’re interested in doing? Keep reading!
We believe in the power of locals to play a role in solving local issues. Every year, the 100 Great Ideas campaign is an opportunity for everyone in our community learn about and suggest solutions to some of our region’s most pressing challenges. The conversation is held in the 100 Great Ideas Facebook Group for 5 days (this year, November 12th-16th, 2018), during which time locals are encouraged to post, comment, and react to solutions.
This year’s topic is Climate Resilience and Sustainability. South Florida faces tremendous risk from the impacts of climate change (including sea level rise, intensifying hurricanes, and the intrusion of saltwater into our drinking water), and we need everyone in our region to understand these threats and speak out about possible solutions.
We want to invite everyone in our South Florida region to join the conversation about how we can both adapt to a changing climate AND build a more sustainable region. So, we’re taking what has traditionally been an online conversation out into the community during community house parties to both spread information about climate change and invite solutions from community members who might not have otherwise joined us online. House parties are our way of bringing the 100 Great Ideas brainstorm off of the web and into the real world, to deepen the dialogue, and ensure that we’ve unearthed the perspectives of a wide range of locals.
Will you host a house party?
Radical Partners hopes to select around 25 individuals in communities across South Florida who are excited to host a gathering of neighbors and community members to learn about, talk about, and draft solutions around the theme of this year’s campaign, Climate Resilience & Sustainability. We want to provide you all with the tools to come together, think about the impacts climate change is having on your specific community, and draft solutions to those problems.
What does a host do?
We ask that the host:
Before the House Party
1) Set a location, date and time! You can choose to host your party at your own home, a place of worship, a local recreation center, etc. You can host your party at any time of the day you choose, but please plan it for between November 10th and November 16th. We encourage hosts to partner with local organizations, businesses and community partners (like a public library or church) if you so choose.
2) Invite guests! Reach out to as many individuals in your neighborhood/network as possible. Whether it be your friends, family, or neighbors, you can invite anyone you know impacted by climate change (hint: that’s everyone you know!). We suggest that gatherings will be most productive if 10-20 individuals attend. Tip: You may consider making a Facebook or Eventbrite event to spread the word, send reminders, and keep track of registered guests (some tips on how to do that here!)
During the House Party
3) Prepare the party! Set up the house party for 60-90 minutes of fun, learning, and conversation. Each host will receive a box of resources (information, videos, conversation questions, etc.) by mail which you may use to facilitate the conversation. We ask that you set up a positive, solutions-oriented tone for the conversation and leave enough time for guests to share and discuss ideas.
4) Sign-in your guests! Please ask participants to share their name and email, if they wish, and check off the host committee organizations they would like to stay in contact with on the sign-in sheet provided in your resource box.
5) Take notes! Identify someone who is willing to take notes of the solutions proposed and share them with the group via email after the event. This helps everyone remember what was talked about so they can share their favorites in the Facebook group!
After the House Party
6) Build the community! Encourage house party participants to join the Facebook group (do it together here! super easy!) and post their favorite solution(s) in the online discussion. Ask other guests to like or comment on these posts.
7) Share your brilliance! As a host, we ask that at the end of your house party, you identify with your participants your favorite group idea and post it (and maybe even with a group photo!) in the 100 Great Ideas South Florida Facebook group.
Are hosts of the house parties paid for their time?
Yes! We will offer each host a host stipend of $100 and a food stipend of $50. We understand that for some individuals, taking the time to organize and lead these conversations is a financial burden and we want to help relieve that burden, if present.
We also know that for some hosts, the stipend is not a necessity. We encourage these hosts to consider donating their stipend to one of the organizations on our host committee, a group of powerful change-makers doing great work in this space. If you choose to do so, you may donate at the following links: Before It’s Too Late, Catalyst, the CLEO Institute, Dream in Green, Engage Miami, FIU Sea Level Solutions Center, Miami Waterkeeper, the Miami Foundation, the Nature Conservancy, the New Florida Majority, the Sierra Club, the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy , the Urban Resilience to Extremes Sustainability Research Network, the Urban Paradise Guild and VolunteerCleanup.org.
Who can be a host?
Anyone in Miami-Dade who cares about climate change and has the capacity and ability to host a house party (as detailed above) can be a host. Because we want to ensure that conversations are happening throughout Miami-Dade with a diversity of participants, we are seeking ~5 hosts in each of the following regions (Note: These “regions” are rough designations and are not comprehensive. If you live in unincorporated Miami-Dade or an area not listed, please select whichever region makes the most sense to you):
North Miami: Aventura, North Miami, Miami Gardens, Opa-Locka, Miami Lakes, Miami Shores, Biscayne Park [still accepting host applications!]
Northwest Miami: Hialeah, Hialeah Gardens, Doral, Medley, Sweetwater, Miami Springs, El Portal, Virginia Gardens [still accepting host applications!]
The Islands: Miami Beach, Key Biscayne, North Miami Beach, North Bay Village, Golden Beach, Sunny Isles, Bal Harbour, Bay Harbor Islands, Surfside, Indian Creek Village [still accepting host applications!]
Middle Miami: City of Miami, West Miami, Coral Gables [still accepting host applications!]
South Miami: South Miami, Pinecrest, Palmetto Bay, Cutler Bay, Homestead, Florida City [still accepting host applications!]
We highly encourage hosts to facilitate conversations in Spanish or Haitian Creole, if applicable.
If you have any questions about this opportunity, please email Nicky Zarchen at firstname.lastname@example.org
IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO APPLY TO BE A HOST
A big thank you to NBCUniversal, The Miami Foundation, and Target for supporting these community house parties!