If you have never done any organizing or activism before, you may want to check out this link.
Although it focuses on door to door techniques, you can also read a short article here.
this campaign it is probably better to "street" than go door to door.
I prefer finding a good location. Try a coffee shop,
library, or community center, for example. It may be necessary to
asked a manager for permission to canvass. Asking for permission
can avoid misunderstandings.
In general, this is an easy thing to do. Make sure you have pens, a clipboard, and plenty of fliers, and letters.
Introduce yourself to people.
Explain to them what the Dollhouse is and why you are doing this.
to them what the problem(s) is (are). The Dollhouse is being
pulled from the air during sweeps in November. The Dollhouse is
in danger of being canceled. The solution is for people to sign a
"Hi. My name is Tore Simonsen. I am
volunteering my time to collect signatures to help save the Dollhouse.
I am doing this on my own time and am not affiliated with any
group or organization. The Dollhouse is the best show on
television. Fox may cancel the series. They have already
pulled the show from the November schedule. I am asking people to
help me save the Dollhouse by signing a letter to Fox. The more
people who sign letters, the better chance there is to save the show.
Here is the letter." (Hand clipboard to them). "Can I get a
Do not argue with people.
people have never heard of the Dollhouse. It is helpful to have
materials to explain the Dollhouse to them. Some people will not
have seen the the show. They will not want to sign a letter for a
show they have not seen. This is a perfect opportunity to
introduce them to HULU.com, so they can watch past episodes.
Hulu.com should be on your fliers and you should explain to them
they can watch the show free.
R: I don't have time for this right now.
A: I only need a minute of your time to sign this petition. (or) Please take a flier and check out the show.
R: I have never seen the show.
You can watch episodes on HULU.com. It's a great way to
watch the show for FREE. All you need is high speed internet.
(You can check it out at your public library).
R: I don't watch television.
A: There is not enough quality programming, that is why it is so important to save a good show like the Dollhouse.
R: I don't like the show.
A: I won't take anymore of your time. (You may want to take a second look at the Dollhouse).
R: Do I need to give my full address.
That would be preferred, but I am happy to take a signature with
only the City/State. This is not like registering to vote and I
respect your privacy.
R: I have never heard of it.
It stars ELIZA DUSHKU and is a Joss Whedon show. Joss did
Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Firefly among other things.
R: What is the show about?
Hand flier about summary of show. It's about people who get
their minds wiped and replaced with imprinted memories and identities.
Each week it is a different dangerous adventure focusing on
romantic encounters or illegal activity. At it's core, it is a
R: Why is it being cancelled?
ratings. The show gets more than 2 million viewers, but network
executives don't feel this is enough. I personally feel it is
wrong that a handful of executives have the power to tell more than 2
million people what they can or cannot watch.
R: Is this the best show on television?
Yes. It contains mature and intelligent themes and scripts.
If you are not interested in well-written, thought provoking
shows, the Dollhouse may not be for you.
R: Will my signature make a differnce?
A: It will help.