See the "Proposed Projects" section for descriptions. The poll is set to allow voting for two projects.
I've been thinking for a while that Atheism+ needs some big project to work on. Something that everyone Atheism+ can contribute to, that a lot of people would contribute to, and then when it was finished, we could all look at together and say "Yep, we did that."
I tossed this idea around privately with a few others, and I got a pretty good consensus that this would be a good thing. So, now, I'm making the idea public.
I'm going to leave this thread open for suggestions until the end of Friday, October 12th (Going by CST- and tentatively. If needed I'll extend this time). During that time, if you have any ideas for a big Atheism+ project, post them here. Any ideas, whatsoever.
If you don't have any ideas of your own, but you like the ideas already proposed, post supporting them. And if you have any general suggestions for projects in general, post those too!
After the suggestion period, I'll set up a poll in this thread with the ten suggestions that have the most support. I'll leave voting up until Monday, October 15th.
Then it will just be a matter of putting whatever project gets chosen into motion!
The Kinds of Projects I'm Looking For:
As I said at the beginning, I want this to be something that everyone can contribute to. Whether people have money, goods, creativity, or time to contribute- and even if they have very little of any of that. As such, it should be something that has a lot of different ways for people to contribute to it.
Ideally, it should also be something that reaches out of our community and into the world. Something bigger than ourselves that will make a difference outside of our groups.
And of course, it should be in line with Atheism+.
How You Can Help:
Along with suggesting projects and voting on them, there are a lot of ways that this could use some help! Most importantly, I want this to reach out to all of Atheism+ for support. Not just those who visit the Organization subforum, or just for those who are members of this site, or even just those who are actively members of the group!
If you participate in the Subreddit and could ask for support, ideas, or votes on projects from the people there, that would be fantastic. If you have a blog, big or small, and could post about this there, that would also be a great help. Any way that you know of that we could get this project a platform and some attention would be awesome.
It would also be great to see what people would be willing to take a leading role in organizing this endeavor, because it will probably take a lot of organizing. So if you have time and ability to help get this going, either in this planning/deciding stage or once we have a project decided upon, that would be fantastic. If I have to, I'll take upon a leadership role in this to make sure that it succeeds, but I'd love to have others willing to do the same!
(All projects proposed within this thread will be edited into here as they're proposed)
Charity Drive: We collect goods and money and donate them to a charity or shelter (which we would decide upon). This was talked about a little in this thread. I'm also of the opinion that this could work similar to how the SSA blogathon worked on Freethought Blogs, where people who don't have much to give on their own (or perhaps do, but want to give more) could find ways of raising donations from other people.
Atheism+ Emergency Support Project: A freecycle-esque project to give support to those who need it. We would do things like give information to people who are in emergency situations- for example, connecting someone in an abusive situation with information on a local shelter- or connecting people in need of goods with others who have things to spare.
Protest Twoofus.org: Protesting a US government funded, anti-LGBT, heteronormative marriage site. More information in Antdevamp's post here. Rickymooston also proposed that we support/set up a pro-LGBT marriage site in contrast.
Woman & PoC Conference Scholarships: A scholarship fund for ethnic minorities and women to attend conferences with harassment policies.
Secular Social Justice Awards: Giving awards to people in secularism for their contributions to social justice, from Pwrong's post
Social Justice Debating Resources: Collecting studies and factual resources to use in debates on social justice. Elaborated on in Pwrong's post.
Alright, without further ado, I'm going to declare this thread open to suggestions! Now get to suggesting things