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    I consider myself an "intelligent" person and many people I talk to would agree (Not to toot my own horn). Also, I believe the average person is more capable than even they realize. But, I can see why most people would find TZMs material to be overwhelming. And beyond that, most of the topics TZM addresses are ones that, from my experience, people go out of their way to avoid. Who wants to think about poverty, corporate and government corruption, economics and societal breakdown? We have to admit that these things are daunting and depressing. It's not hard to imagine why even those who agree with TZM would turn away from it.

    I propose we simplify our initial message to something easier to grasp. Some self-contained that wouldn't require deeper research. Topics like "Minimalist living: Why less is more", "Guide to Starting your own health and fitness group" or "Roommate exchange may be your key to traveling the world". Topics like these ease people out of the current "Eat-Sleep-Employment-Entertain" paradigm and see possibilities such as community engagement and local activism. Talk to what people currently value (i.e. relationships, well-being, food, entertainment, etc) and slant it towards TZM goals.

    Level 1: Freedom- Breaking routine and expanding ones paradigm is an essential first step. How can people care about change is their hands are full will bills, job, family, and entertainment. But the changes have to simple and subtle. For example, lowering one's dependence on money( sharing WiFi with trusted neighbors and splitting the cost, finding roommates, no or low cost hobbies), and helping people improve their interpersonal relationships ( community cooking, fitness groups, interest groups, social skill training).

    Level 2: Be the change- inspire healthier behaviors, beliefs and "mental apps" (skepticism, conscious empathy, positive regard for others and an intellectual appetite to name a few). A healthy mind is vital in recognizing and solving problems.

    Level 3: Basic Activism- Though these are "bandages", volunteering at the local soup kitchen, visiting homeless shelters and similar activities help build momentum that will make level 4 not only easier but possible.

    Level 4: Participation- take actions to improve the quality of elected officials, the public education curriculum and services available to the community.

    Level 5: TZM Solutions- building free housing, automated farms, community centers, etc will require 1-5.

    This is the route I'll be taking to do my part. This is an approach to reach the average individual. If anyone has any concerns, please express them. I'll be visiting this forum more frequently in order to keep myself on task. I will elaborate on these ideas in follow up posts.

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    I myself am starting to read TZM Defined- I don't agree that people don't try to avoid the subject matter in the book. I think people like to claim they are "apathetic" when they feel powerless about finding solutions for problems when we are so deeply entrenched with them.

    I do agree that the material is a bit overwhelming, dense, and dry. It's taking a lot of concentration to absorb the information, and this is before fact checking too of course. But I suppose when you write a book about "everything" its definitely better to be concise, and straight to the point.

    I myself would be interested to see a version of the materials with more imagery and illustrative language. Paint a picture with words, if you will.

    I love your idea of Levels 1 - 5, breaking actions people can do into cohesive chunks is a great idea. I'd like to see your progress!
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    I couldn't agree more. Sounds like an excellent and concise plan of action.

    "Be the change you wish to see in the world"
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mobius View Post
    I couldn't agree more. Sounds like an excellent and concise plan of action.

    "Be the change you wish to see in the world"
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    What Mobius said. It's great to see people come in with plans to for making real changes.
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    GurrenZero, I'd like to see your ideas tested as an organized project (maybe in a local chapter). I found really interesting what you said "Talk to what people currently value (i.e. relationships, well-being, food, entertainment, etc) and slant it towards TZM goals" because you have to be aware of people's values when trying to communicate with them.

    As far as level 1 is concerned, we have just started a relevant project in the Greek Chapter. Check it out, if you'd like: Self-Sufficiency Guide (Localized Solutions Project) - TZM Greece
    "If you desperately try to promote something, even if it's scientifically legitimate, you will probably sound like a salesman." - Tio, 'Harmful Thinking', TVP Magazine (Issue 8)

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    Absolutely agree with this idea - if we could radically simplify this to its essence I imagine it would greatly help the movement.

    The barrier to understanding is way too high, and if we are serious about communicating what we would like to achieve and why, we would have much more success if it was bite sized and more easily understood.

    I have followed ZM since the first movie waaay back, and am now coming back into the movement - even with my interest in this I have not been able to really just buckle down and read through all of it.

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    Also, it may be easier to convey how the RBE would work by filming a few short films of it.

    Some sort of in-situ's docci's series covering things like how decision making could work, how day to day life could be, etc.

    If the goal is to spread the message then we should make it as effortless for the viewers/people as is possible imo.

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