Additional Lakoff Information
- Hello dear progressives and board members,
By now I hope you have all sent your mailing lists the notice about
George Lakoff speaking here in Santa Barbara on Friday evening March
11. I got one or two of my emails back, so if you didn't get the first
notice, please let me know. I'll attach it at the end of this note
Now to answer the most frequent question I get. No, we cannot get
anyone advance tickets. I'm very sorry about it, but we are not set up
for that. If you want to be very sure to get in, I'd suggest coming
when the box office opens at 5:45. You can put your coat on your seat
and then run out and get a quick bite downtown and get back well before
7. Or bring a book, or buy one there! We plan to start promptly at 7.
One thing I missed telling you in the first announcement is that "A
Conversation with George Lakoff" is sponsored by The Independent!!!
Viva el Indy!!! Aren't they great?
OK Here is the full announcement to send on, if you would.
The hottest speaker in the country in progressive circles
will be coming to Santa Barbara!!!
"A Conversation with George Lakoff"
(author of "Don't Think of an Elephant")
Lakoff will speak here in Santa Barbara
on Friday Mar. 11 at 7:00 pm at Victoria Hall,
sponsored by The Independent.
First come - first served. There is LIMITED SEATING, so
come early. Ticket office will open at 5:45. We will start promptly
General Admission………….$15 Students & Seniors……… $10
$10 for a copy of Lakoff's book “Don’t Think Of An Elephant.”
$15 for Lakoff's highly instructive DVD
Book signing to follow the "Conversation with George Lakoff."
For those who don't yet know George Lakoff, he is a Berkeley professor,
a cognitive linguist, and a brilliant researcher of how and why
conservatives have been winning the battle of communicating values
effectively. He is also founder of the influential Rockridge Institute.
In his foreword to Lakoff's book, Howard Dean writes, "If only the
Democrats had read George Lakoff a few years ago, we might not be in
the position we find ourselves in today: out of power in the White
House, out of power in Congress, and out of power in the Courts."
Lakoff is teaching progressives how to frame issues effectively to
communicate our values, while avoiding using language and code words
that communicate conservative values. Conservatives have been doing
well in this arena for the past 40 years, but Lakoff contends
progressives can catch up quickly once we learn about framing the
issues from our perspective.
It is critical that we cease our political angst and hand-wringing
brought on by the recent election. Progressives need to focus on
winning; winning by understanding our core values with great clarity
and expressing them throughout our social policies with compelling,
confident and passionate language.
Lakoff has been working with the Democratic Congress and Senate, as
well as with the State Democratic Assembly. Because he makes very
limited appearances, this is a rare opportunity to see him.
The first Lakoff Workshop to teach about framing and communicating our
values was hosted by the Progressive Coalition Meet-up in Santa Barbara
on Feb.2. It was huge success, and we plan to have more training
According to Howard Dean, "George Lakoff will be one of the most
influential political thinkers of the progressive movement when the
history of this century is written."
This is VERY important material. You won't want to miss this
opportunity to hear and learn from George Lakoff. He will engage the
audience in conversation, so bring your curiosity and questions.
For further information, call Marian Shapiro 968-0478 If you'd like to
get his book to read BEFORE the event, I have a few left at a
discounted price. Give me a ring.
marianshapiro@... Here is the flyer you can print off. First copy
and paste into a WORD document, I suggest. Or call me to get a few