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Guest blog: Peaceful Jeff's Leadership Summit experience


Guest blog: Peaceful Jeff's Leadership Summit experience

From guest blogger Jeff Cobb, a Climate Precinct Captain from Cincinnati, Ohio.

So, the 1Sky Team calls me "PeacefulJeff," because that's my email address, and I was at the Leadership Summit meeting this weekend. They asked me to describe some of my experiences, so here's my take on the summit:

I got involved in climate change after watching An Inconvenient Truth in 2007. It was clear that something needed to be done, but I had no idea what to do. I learned of Step It Up 2007, which morphed into 1Sky in 2008, and became a Climate Precinct Captain (CPC). When the Leadership Summit was announced, I was in heaven! I knew I needed help recruiting people and keeping them involved.

I learned about building "intentional relationships" as part of recruiting, and different leadership styles needed once a team has been put together. All of the training involved role-playing and other active exercises, a style of learning I dread due to my introverted, shy nature, but I would not have had it any other way for this kind of training. We also got an update on how to use Web 2.0 tools like Facebook, Twitter, blogs, along with an updated version of the soon-to-be-released CPC tool by Internet Director Garth Moore. The weekend was very intense, the pace was fast and kept on time. However, leisure was not neglected; 1Sky suggested local activities for after the training, if we wanted to decompress, which I did.

1Sky scheduled me lobby visits with Rep. Driehaus, and Senator Sherrod Brown. Jason Kowalski, a 1Sky policy wonk who talks about climate change policy without missing a beat came with me (although really I tagged along after him, he took the discussion to a whole new level).

I would be remiss without thanking Tommi Drum and his wife Jessica for letting me stay with them during the time I was in DC. Tommi is a former 1Sky intern, and current Climate Precinct Captain. I also want to thank the trainers at Wellstone Action for their wonderful training.

I don't think it [ACES passage] would have happened without 1Sky, and I want to thank them for their part in this truly historic moment! These people have earned a good hangover!

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