I've been talking to various people about this and that and have come to a few conclusions:
1. It's a bit of a sausagefest around here; what can we do to encourage more women to come forward and get involved? Diversity needs to be addressed.
2. There aren't many active members, and by "active" I mean "people who get involved in discussions or in taking responsibility for party activities, etc."
3. We're not being terribly effective at what we're doing compared to the Icelandic iteration. What can we do to emulate their success?
4. We need to be more active in the community, taking part in community life and getting involved with community issues. Loz Kaye is very good at that, we need to follow suit. We also need to be more of a community ourselves. We're not very connected to each other. This should be what everyone who wants to stand for election does, not a few stand-out members. Okay, Loz. He was the most visible of us.
5. We need to be more active politically, getting involved in campaigns for things that matter. Being involved with 38 Degrees and the various progressive causes would help a lot.
6. We need to generate more press, particularly positive press. Loz Kaye did that very well, writing for The Guardian, HuffPo, etc.
7. We need to be more organised; we've all been doing our own thing and kinda sorta helping each other out. We've also not been making the most of offers for help from volunteers which is possibly why we're struggling to get more people to throw their hats into the ring for leadership positions.
8. We need to have a focus and a goal. We need to talk about what those things are and how to achieve them.
9. We need to decide on what image we're going to get across. I've mentioned the suited and booted thing; we actually need a mix so we're presenting ourselves appropriately. T-shirts and jeans work are right for taking part in protests or party activities; suits or jackets and ties are better for formal occasions. That's not all, though. We need to decide what the Pirate brand is and be consistent in promoting it. People's perceptions of us need to match what we're doing and I'm struggling to get my work colleagues to see us as anything more than a tiny single issue party. We also need to do more to raise awareness; 'nuff people have never heard of us.
Okay, those are my thoughts. What do you think?