TCPDG Town Hall


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This is the powerpoint presentation for the town hall discussion for the Twin Cities Polyamory Discussion Group on April 26th, 2009

Author: Jessica Karels
Council Member for the Twin Cities Polyamory Discussion group and author of Young Metro Poly (

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TCPDG Town Hall

  1. 1. Town Hall April, 2009
  2. 2. Name  How long have you known that you’re poly?  How long have you been with TCPDG?  What are your expectations for the town hall?  And, most importantly…  ◦ Give a little known fact about yourself (There may be a quiz later)
  3. 3. Foundations  ◦ The Polyamory Culture Movement ◦ Brief History of the TCPDG ◦ Recent Revelations and Consensus Directions  ◦ Vision Statement ◦ Mission Statement Journeys  Non-Profit/ 501(c) Status ◦ Naming/Branding ◦ Membership ◦ Framework - Committees ◦
  4. 4. If you have something to say, speak up!  If you have a question, ask!  Respect the moderator  Respect each other 
  5. 5. 2000’s 1990’s 1960’s 1970’s 1980’s … and more!
  6. 6. Websites/Blogs Podcasts Video
  7. 7. National Polyamory Leadership Summit The National Polyamory Leadership Group is a collaborative group of polyamory community leaders from around the U.S. who have come together to work to carry the polyamory movement forward. November, 2008 – New York, NY (34 leaders/activists/organizers) March, 2009 – Philadelphia, PA (40 present + 11 via. teleconference) ??? – Somewhere on the West Coast (TBD)
  8. 8. 2001 2003 •May Day •Pride Booth •Transition from •CONvergence “open” list to •Lending Library “closed” list 1999 •Council as 7 equal •Dance @ Bryant Lake Park Center •New List Started positions 2000 2002 •Bylaws •Council members having official “roles” •Council “task list”
  9. 9. 2008 2006 •CONvergence 100% funded by •Focus Group (MNPolyFriends) donations •BBQ of the Beast •New 2004 (6/6/6) Logo/Branding 2005 2007 2009 •Website re- •Group polled re: •BECAUSE designed name change •Non-CON party •Rebranding image @ CONvergence
  10. 10. From the TCPDG Bylaws: The purposes of the group are as follows: The Primary function of this group is to provide a supportive  environment that encourages the discussion of responsible, intimate, caring, multi-partnered relationships and related issues. Secondary functions of this group are to encourage any form of loving  relationships between members, by providing a support role for members, and by providing and encouraging social gatherings for member interaction. Tertiary functions of this group are (1) for members to participate, on a  voluntary basis, in various public venues, in a variety of ways, intended to educate the public about our group, as well as about Polyamory in general, and (2) to advertise our group's existence in a public way to encourage additional members.
  11. 11. With regards to the Twin Cities Polyamory Discussion  Group, what sort of things would you like to see become reality: ... 20 years from now? ... 10 years from now? ... 5 years from now? ... Next year? ... Next month? ... Tomorrow? With regards to polyamory and society as a whole, what sort of  things would you like to see become reality: ... 20 years from now? ... 10 years from now? ... 5 years from now? ... Next year? ... Next month? ... Tomorrow?
  12. 12. Activism Outreach •Persuasion •Public Awareness •Create change •New Members Support Social •Information •Community •Resources •Events/Parties
  13. 13. Should our group as whole support those  who want greater involvement in outreach and activism, both locally and nationally? Should we consider splitting into two  separate organizations?
  14. 14. Transitioning towards a 501(c)  Rebranding  Dues and Membership  Establishing Committees  Bylaws ◦ Group/Community Alliances ◦ Social Activities ◦ Outreach/Activism ◦ 501(c) ◦ List/Forum Moderation ◦