From Monday, May 11 meeting
by Shelli Dawdy
GRASSROOTS IN NEBRASKA
What this group was set up for was a truly grassroots effort. True grassroots individuals encourage and inspire one another to use their talents and skills to have an impact on the things they are passionate about and agree need to be accomplished.
Rather than going to the "default" / the pyramidal structure, my vision, after much consideration, thought, and discussion with people who have both been actively engaged in these kinds of efforts for years, and with people in the corporate world, is to do things in a as free a manner as possible while still being effective.
Rather than the failed pyramid, we need to try to do things by project. Projects that are hubs of activity but connected with one another and moving toward shared goals.
I said I had a vision, but it's not totally mine. For those of you who are members of Grassroots in Nebraska, in other words, the NING website, that is just one of fifty created by a group of people who are committed to protecting the grassroots. They work by project but are not a formal, pyramidal organization either. They don't control what I do, but I look to their guidance and support. They and I, as free individuals, do not agree on every point of policy. That doesn't mean we don't share the same basic goals as this group has defined.
The vision is that we work on projects we think are necessary. Anyone who agrees with the goals of a project is free to join that project group. We are all adults who want to take personal responsibility and we want to get something done.
Part of my vision is that we need to focus on educating and informing ourselves, help one another do the same, and share information and try to educate the public when appropriate. I want to help get people the tools and skills they need to accomplish these goals. I want to help move towards an informed electorate, and help you all have an impact on policies and laws that affect your everyday life.
All of this is backed up by the overall goal of moving towards originally intended, Constitutionally limited government.
That is my vision and I know there are some who do not agree with it. If that is the case you are welcome to start your own group. I understand. This has been a large commitment on my part and a sacrifice for my family. I am not going to be involved in a structure that I believe is sure to fail and amounts to people telling me how to spend my time.
I have already come up with some project group ideas that we'll get into a little later. But for now, for all who like the ideas I've laid out, we can move forward.