Join us! - How to participate in BOCT
by Tom Cloyd - 4 min. read - (reviewed 2020-09-19:2:00 PDT)
You can make a difference. Yes, YOU! Just trying to make a difference will change your state of mind, most often for the better. And, it can also bring you into contact with some distinctly rewarding and interesting people. Beyond that, it can cause leaders to reconsider, it can tell them that they are being watched, that we want changes, and that they are accountable.
On this page…
- Learn more about BOCT ^
- Contact us with your thoughts, ideas, corrections, and suggestions for improvement of this websiste ^
- Visit and join our Facebook group ^
- Write for our website ^
- Become a volunteer researcher for website writers ^
- Review our currated Internet Resources page for groups and activities worth your time investment ^
- Attend public meetings, hearing, press conferences, etc. ^
- NOTE ^
“Really, what matters in the long run is sticking with things and working daily to get better at them…. Enthusiasm is common. Endurance is rare.” - Angela Duckworth1
So, here are some ways to get started…
Learn more about BOCT ^
A good starting point, as it will increase your options.
Review these pages:
- Welcome! - A quick introduction to BOCT
- Who we are
- Mission & strategy
- Bringing our Country Together on Facebook - see below for more information.
Contact us with your thoughts, ideas, corrections, and suggestions for improvement of this websiste ^
We’re interested, and you’ll get a prompt response! Consider that your contact well may help us in our relations with many other people, so that you will be helping them as well.
So - contact us!
Visit and join our Facebook group ^
It’s lively, very often entertaining and inspirational, and an excellent educational resource as well. If you don’t know what else to do right now, join our Facebook group!
Write for our website ^
Write to learn! Any serious writer will tell you that what you write about you learn about. Choose something you care about, do a modest bit of Internet research on it - say, by finding 3-4 quality articles on the subject of event - and start writing.
Two fine options. If your writing about this subject is personal reaction or opinion-focused, it might make a fine guest-blog post on our site blog. If it’s more descriptive and fact-based, it well could be a topical article.
Quick and easy. If you only have a little time, or want to attempt something more modest, here’s an easy idea, and something that we will always need: write up a summary of an important news article. I talk about how to do that here. We will very soon be adding a section to the website that contains summaries of important election-related news. We can use written summaries for this section immediately.
Need help? We’ll help you. Send us a mere idea or concept for something you’re considering and we’ll suggest how you might move the idea forward to a finished draft. Send us a draft at any stage and we’ll give you suggests for what might some next. If your draft is fairly far along, we’ll do a formal editorial review, put the results up on a private Google Docs document page, and set you up as a collaborator on the review. Once we agree it’s ready, it gets published on the site. We move quickly, so you have the pleasure of seeing your work online as soon as possible.
Become a volunteer researcher for website writers ^
This idea is well-suited for those who love to dig out information in various places. Research is a treasure-hunt, and, to tell the truth, it rewards one more quickly than writing itself often does.
Good research gives a writer the best possible foundation. And you can become an editorial collaborator with one of our writers - a fancy way of saying that you’ll likely be invited to provide feedback on a piece as it develops. Who doesn’t like to be a critic? And this is a good way to learn more about writing process as well.
Review our currated Internet Resources page for groups and activities worth your time investment ^
Anything you do to promote a good outcome in the coming November election is a good use of your time. Explore groups and websites to which we call attention on this page and you’ll surely find something that attracts you. It’s not hard!
Attend public meetings, hearing, press conferences, etc. ^
These are exceptional opportunities to advocate for people-oriented, progressive goals, AND to “speak truth to power”.
Here is a wonderful example of how to do it: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=268651731138130
- The reporter smiles often, which is known to reduce stress in our brain.
- She asks well-focused questions about actual behavior, holding her target to account.
- She responds to attempts to shift focus to her or to change the subject by repeating her question.
This are fundamental and essential assertion skills in full display, well executed. Practice this yourself, then look for an opportunity to perform these skills in public.
Dr. Duckworth is Professor of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania. Her field of research is “grit” and self-control. ^
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