Summary: The backbone of OPEN 20/20 would be the networking in our community of 20 people in 20 south Georgia cities that are networking experts. Of course, we know about and support the traditional network of elected officials and community leaders; traditional methods will continue. But, we seek to cultivate the trendsetters who don’t realize their networking skills and importance. Ultimately, our educational operation might be use to bring energized, informed crowds to traditional rallies.
Resourcefulness: If a person in the community has an existing network, we simply seek to employ them to use it for the community education and improvement.
Benefit: We shouldn’t forget that the trendsetter is also networking in the public policy arena with us and those new connections can be beneficial to them. Because community improvement is more than just voting, OPEN 20/20 plans to encourage growth politically, socially, economically and culturally year round because an interesting element is currently driving the youths’mindset.
Edge: OPEN 20/20 is not and should not be for everyone. Over the last few decades, a softness has developed when discussing public policy. The kitchen table issues and real world problems facing this state and nation requires frank and edgy discussions—make it plain. To be honest, the traditional establishment groups can’t be involved in this type of straight talk because it might be somewhat “innovative and direct.” However, we feel the public is hungry for options like ours.
We aren’t saying our approach instead of traditional methods. We are saying us in addition to other methods—reach them one way or another.
Method: OPEN 20/20 seeks to listen to the pulse of the 20 cities after asking the questions:
Who moves the crowd in our community?
Who is a social media monster?
A positive party isn’t complete locally without whom?
When drama happens with the government, who is voice of reason and leadership?
Which 20 somethings with positive energy do others follow?
Who is the unofficial leader of that area of town?
Frankly, who is “community play” dad, momma, aunt and uncle?
Who has epic old school parties and cookouts?
Whose funeral would be too big for any church?
Examples of community influence:
Youth Pastor/Choir Director
Funeral home worker
Little League Coach
Popular Employee at local plants
Popular Police Officer
Beloved young teacher
Paid Party Thrower
Most Popular Food Store Employees
Class Reunion Organizer
Former H.S. Ball Stars
Member of the biggest family
Local Café/Pub Owner
Who can move the crowd?