We’re on the National Yes Registry IndyApp!
Nicola Sturgeon has set out how together we will seek to support, engage and grow the movement.
Jason Baird will bring us up to date on the National Yes Registry and answer your questions. He will describe how the grass-roots are coming together across Scotland in preparation for Independence campaigning. In particular, he will describe the networking platform tool ‘the IndyApp’ – the NYR’s concrete response to the many practical problems commonly encountered at grass-root level by Yessers during the heat of IndyRef1. The current version allows communication between individual members of a group, communication as a group and finally, communication between all groups at a national level, and is ready for all groups to start using now. He will also discuss how to use the platform to initiate and organise campaigns. All welcome! Function room of the Doocot, 731 Ferry Rd, Edinburgh EH4 2UA
Livestream of Michael Gray of CommonSpace speaking on “Media strategy for IndyRef2” and answering questions. Apologies for the green hue (lighting problem) but the content and the discussion are excellent! https://livestream.com/IndependenceLive/michael-gray
Minutes Mon 5 June 2017
– The Clermiston Inn has booked future Mondays for slimming classes. The meeting would prefer to stick to Mondays, so we need to look for alternative venue – any suggestions to Bob Glen.
– Mon 3 July 2017 No meeting. We could have a training session on Canvassing – anybody interested should email Bob Glen.
– Mon 7 Aug 2017 7.30 : Selma Rahman on Women for Independence (NOT Clermiston Inn)
– Mon Sep 4 7.30: Ross Greer of the Scottish Greens on “An education strategy for an independent Scotland” (NOT Clermiston Inn)
He then drew some lessons we should learn – to be specific rather than generalise, to support and share positive messages, and not to expect the media’s editorial position to be changed by writing letters to them. Above all, to realise that the media isn’t that important –its early stance on Trump and Corbyn, for example, prove it to be an unreliable guide to the future. He gave some practical advice, drawing on Noam Chomsky’s book Manufacturing Consent, and a student exercise which showed how much coverage you could get in the Daily Mail if you approached it in the right way, used the right language, and thought of how your message would be received. The Wee Blue Book was a great example of reaching and creating new audiences, and he recommended using media information as a tool (e.g. having print articles to hand while campaigning).
His key issues were: the generation gap (wider than pensions), economics (proving that we can afford independence), and persuading Labour supporters who are open to independence. This time round, we face a new opportunity in Brexit (because of its likely negative impact on living standards, jobs, house prices, and civil liberties – with many of these uncertainties strongly linked to Edinburgh); and a new danger (in the Yes movement being too closely linked with the SNP – a strength in elections, but a weakness in a referendum).
– The meeting was asked if it objected to being shown as the Livestream audience – no objection.
– We have published a number of briefing notes (as online E-Flets, rather than old-fashioned leaflets!), book previews and film previews – all comments welcome! If you want to make comments, set up, lead or join groups on any other subject, please email Bob Glen.
– Gerry Mulvenna has implemented a donation facility on the website.
– Local Crowdfunder to support our efforts on #ScotRef has been delayed till after the summer.
Business for Scotland has a vital role to play in #ScotRef – their crowdfunder is at 94% with 4 days to go – please support an extremely important player!
Andy started with a quick summary of his book “The Poor had no Lawyers” and its 6 land grabs: