Simple Living Works!

Help to Convince, Then to Promote

Posted on: October 28, 2013


Avoid feeling overwhelmed.

Need help urging/persuading/nudging family members, friends, congregation members to consider a simpler lifestyle, especially at Christmas time?

Most of Alternatives’ free simpler living educational and inspirational resources have an introduction that could help introduce it to them.

Some also have a MEDIA RELEASE that was originally meant to promote the resource in newspaper, magazines and on the internet. Some have links to BLOGS that may help.

Since they’re already in electronic form, those releases can also be used on a church web site; as an email blast to members friends, relatives; or as a helpful face-to-face introduction on a one-to-one or at a committee meeting.

Here’s the process:

1. Click on any of the resources below that you’d like to use.

2. If there’s a “media release” link near the top of the page, click it, then read it. Or go directly to the Media Release index.

3. Use it to help introduce the resource to others.

4. Then use it to promote the activity/event after it’s adopted and before the event starts — in a newsletter, email blast, web site, etc. (If the information is confusing, please let me know so I can fix it. Thanks!)

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Navigational Tools for SLW! Site

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Free Resources to Use and Share

Investigate a few that might meet your personal, family or congregational/group needs. They’re all FREE.

Probably the best-known: UNPLUG the Christmas Machine Workshop Leader’s Guide (audio and text)

Treasury of CelebrationsCreate Celebrations That Reflect Your Values and Don’t Cost the EarthSeptember-December | ADVENT | CHRISTMASAlternative Christmas Campaign | Organizing a Festival | Whose Birthday Is It, Anyway? (Story of Jason) | 10 Tips for Simpler, More Meaningful Celebrations | Planning an Alternative Christmas Workshop | How to Organize an Alternative Christmas Community Festival

Many Alternatives’ following audio shorts are also part of the current “Whose Birthday?” podcast series.

Let Jesus Come, Let Santa Go: audio workshop | The Celebration Revolution of Alexander Scrooge | Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas | Carols with Justice sing-along | What Does JESUS Want for Christmas? (pageant) | Let’s Get Off the Christmas Roller-Coaster | Whose Birthday Is It, Anyway? (5 of 24 editions have audio versions)|Submission Guidelines

Other TEXT Resources (no accompanying audio/visual)

15 Christmas Packets | An assortment of Advent/Christmas Calendars | Christmas Anthologies to read alone or aloud | Christmas Campaign Kit | Advent/Christmas Articles Index | Spirit of Simplicity: Quotes & Art: Celebrating Advent/Christmas | Worship Alternatives: Advent/Christmas | Thematic Index: Advent/Christmas/Epiphany

EARLY WINTER FESTIVALS: New Year’s Day | New Year’s Eve Watch Night Services | Reviewing the Old Year with Friends | Emancipation Day (Jan. 1) | Epiphany (Jan. 6)

SLW! Podcast Reminder

You can access all SLW! podcast audio and the show notes either at or at (then click window #3). Listen through your computer, iPod, iPad, iPhone (or equivalent). SUBSCRIBE through or your favorite podcast service.

Or access individual episodes: #1: Getting Acquainted | #2: 5 Life Standards | #3: Saga of Simply Enough | #4: Beyond a Consumer Lifestyle-1 | #5: Beyond a Consumer Lifestyle-2 | #6: Whose Birthday Is It, Anyway?-1, featuring Let’s Get Off the Christmas Roller-Coaster, inspired by UNPLUG the Christmas Machine | #7: Whose Birthday?-2, featuring Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas | #8: Whose Birthday?-3, featuring What Does JESUS Want for Christmas

To LISTEN, click the player at the top or the bottom of the show notes.

Please rate us in iTunes and leave a review. Remember to like us on Facebook. Urge your friends to do the same.

To learn more about SLW! – our MISSION, for example — please listen to our getting-acquainted episodes, especially #1 and 2. We produce a half-hour podcast twice a month, hopefully educational and inspiring for you, your family and your congregation or group. We blog three times a week.

Do your friends a favor. Share this blog and podcast.

Peace, Gerald “Jerry” Iversen, Chief SLW! Activist

GRAPHIC: Spirit of Simplicity: Art: Advent/Christmas: 3-A-bonus#2-FeelingOverwhelmed

1 Response to "Help to Convince, Then to Promote"

Thanks for bringing these together. I have been recommending Alternatives resources to neighbors and guests at the Catholic Worker where I work and live for years now; many people from very different backgrounds have been surprised and delighted to find that somebody else has shared their concerns about frantic consumption and has figured out how to do something positive about it. I’ve always been grateful for the free resources SLW maintains, and now am more so for this post which makes it easier to see how those resources are organized.

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