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Start Small, But Get Started! As I've been hanging around lately [...]

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Start Small, But Get Started!

As I've been hanging around lately waiting for my ship to come in, (more on that in a later post!), I have found myself not knowing what to do to get the Ubuntu ideas out to the people in my town. Even though I live in a rather small community (about 1500 in the summer and 500 in the winter), it seems like a daunting task. I know that even great ideas have to incorporate things for people to do to get them involved while they are learning about the big picture and how they can fit in. Without this engagement, you'll lose folks to boredom. It isn't all about content on Facebook and blog posts! Once people are interested, give them something to do. This will accomplish two things. 1) You'll find out soon enough who is really willing to "get it done" and those who want to sit in front of the fire and talk about it. 2) You're going to be able to take the doers and really get things going.

Before I get to the part where I give you three great ideas, let me tell you where I'm coming from. I have very little experience in rallying folks to a cause; actually, none. When some wise person said to their prospective followers, "Lead, follow or get out of the way!" I promptly stepped aside to get out of the way of the herd thundering past me! I am not a boat-rocker or even a good follower. However, I have a mandate to fulfill. My mother and father gave me a name that translates to "Pure Leader". Whew! Now that is a name that has much to live up to! I'm not sure that I know how I will live up to that handle, but I'm determined to give it a go. And here's my best "First Small Steps to Ubuntu" ideas. Please let me know if you have others to offer. Perhaps we'll write a book someday.

1) Have an extra refrigerator or know someone who does? Try this - Watch this video:…

2) Spring Clean-Up
This will work easily by going to your local school, church or other smallish community group. See if they'll gather together some volunteers some coming Saturday afternoon in May and clean up the trash along a stream bed, bike path or other easy to access public area. This would also work great by cleaning up senior's yards. Bring your new Ubuntu friends and have fun! Be careful about going along busy streets or highways as it can be dangerous for everyone, especially kids.

3) Vegetable Garden
Too easy? Take a step in the Ubuntu direction. Plant 3x what you need and start giving the 2/3 away. Enlist your new Ubuntu friends. This is an open-ended idea that I'll leave up to you to find the ways to enhance this one. As with all these ideas, please report your successes and issues that you came across when engaging these ideas. I'd also love to hear other "First Small Steps to Ubuntu" projects.

And, of course, tell everyone that gets involved with your projects about Ubuntu and the great vision we all see down the road!
Sunday 24 April 2016, 01:04:58
you have a great direction to start with. thank you for your contribution!
Sunday 24 April 2016, 11:45:14
very nice sky! + ideas: promotional ubuntu video (who knows maybe go viral); INFO panflets about ubuntu and the truth
Sunday 24 April 2016, 13:25:29
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