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I thinks its been an amazing project given the timescales and a tribute to all concerned - and 24,000 signatures isn't half bad.  But originally I heard a target of 1 Million signatures being mentioned, and a hostile media could actually claim the 24K figure represents a tiny level of opposition within Europe as a whole.

We need to think about more ways of keeping that number ticking upwards even in the absence of renewed media speculation linking Blair to the job.  How well has our viral marketing strategy worked, how do we get to people who are only marginally interested in politics and for whom its isn't really a current live issue?

In other words we need new marketing angles and new PR campaigns.  E.g. how about inviting French people embarrassed by Sarkozy to vote against Blair based on the Mandelson/Blair deal to help Sarkozy get elected, or Irish people opposed to rendition flights, even eurosceptic brits with a visceral dislike of Blair - i.e. different campaigns for different markets.

Self-organising groups are brilliant in quick response situations, but how sustainable is the effort in the long term?

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Sun Mar 2nd, 2008 at 08:13:29 PM EST
I believe the online placement of the petition, presented in 6? languages, is practical, core "marketing" strategy. The internet is the poor man's broadcast medium after all providing scale economies, coupled to volunteer labor, that cannot be duplicated by other method. What's not to love?

The petition's appeal has proven itself and benefits from promotion by ET's editor/publisher in other broadcast media. You want more signatures, given an unstated time constraint. What is that time constraint? Where are the signatures?

Driving traffic further to the petition doesn't require  custom refinements but multi-channel extension into offline venues. That means ET agents (FPers or other) volunteering (a) to accept broadcast opportunities (b) to create events sponsored by or in cooperation with local (film? klatch? partisan? health?) organizations (c) to paper local establishments (d) to recruit additional mirror sites (e) to disrupt conventional ad placement and (f) to mime ... just kidding! Sort of. But surely there are ET residents and associates with a gift for um tactical theater?

Forgive for suggesting, the model developing here is sustainable insofar as any one and more is willing to be creative, fly from the comfort zone. It is anonymity that is unsustainable.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Mon Mar 3rd, 2008 at 01:28:56 PM EST
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You want more signatures, given an unstated time constraint. What is that time constraint? Where are the signatures?
The Treaty of Lisbon is expected to come into force before 2009, and the plan is for the first Council President to take office on January 1, 2009. The details of the job are to be defined by the Council. There is apparently a push by Sarkozy to have the job description approved at the June Council Summit. Whether the President would be selected then or in September is an open question.

The Treaty of Lisbon will also introduce provisions on citizen petitions and legislative initiatives with a requirement of one million signatures from a number of member states.

ET would score a major, major, coup if we managed to deliver 1M signatures to the Council before the appointment is actually made.

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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Mar 4th, 2008 at 06:01:27 AM EST
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