The OSCE days are about bridging the gap between our current take-use-throw model to a circular and collaborative model.
To achieve this, we need to gather a community, other non-profits, show the path to other companies and get governments involved. Which is quite an ambitious agenda.
For the moment we have already gathered quite a few of these actors by organizing our OSCE Days event, and looking by looking for sponsors that will back us.
But we have still a long road to walk. So I've been reading about non-profit impact and fundraising, and one great way to gather a community around a cause would be to launch a petition on sites like Change.org or Avaaz.
Some ideas of petitions I had were:
- "Let's make repair manuals open source by law"
- "Let's ban offensive patents, and allow only defensive ones"
A petition like this has the beneficial effects of:
- Build our mailing list of people aligned with our message faster, which could eventually also help us get donations outside of the sponsorships
- Gather politicians and civil society around our actions
-Show an impactful action to the world and advance our objectives
-Be the first stepping stone that explains what we do, in a simple manner. Once we get people involved with a simple action, we have an excuse to develop our vision with more complex concepts through our newsletter (Open Source vs DIY, Upcycling vs Circular Economy...)
-Show companies that we have an audience that looks up to what we are doing.
I am not sure that my petition ideas are easy to understand or solve a pain felt consciously enough by people.
So I wanted to ask you:
What do you think about it? Should we go ahead with a petition?
Do you have other petition ideas that could be easy to grasp and get behind, aligned with our goals, and timely enough that we could tie it to the current news?