A friend of mine, who has poured her energies into environmentalism and the arts, said although she supported and spread the idea she wouldn’t hold a Power Party herself, as ‘it isn’t quite me’. I can understand that. It might seem a bit worthy. If you feel the same, I want to suggest a really easy way of doing it. You don’t have to organise a Power Party and give it that title above any other. If you just put a tiny mention and a link to this website on any invitation, even if your do involves sitting under patio heaters next to huge music speakers, it will remind people to turn power off at home and save power getting there. Think of it like a party off-set!
Hillabaloo February 20, 2007
Power Parties can happen every time you go out or invite a friend round. But, if you’re making an event of it, you could badge it a Power Party. This could mean just saying ‘This is a Power Party’ and linking to this site. Or you could design an invitation to make it really obvious.
We’re planning a proper party that will be a Power Party. It’s called Hillabaloo. It celebrates views and visions of our community, Telegraph Hill. This hill used to be the site of an optical telegraph, passing messages across Kent’s hills from the sea to the Houses of Parliament. The centrepiece of the party will be Willett & Patteson’s Amazing Camera Obscura. Plus all kinds of activities to do with looking. Sun prints, photography, spot the ball, treasure hunts with magnifying glasses and binoculars, shadow chasing, watching the Earth turn and stargazing. More details to come when things are more sorted.
The power parties idea has been alive one day. I’ve told about five people and three of them have been really enthusiastic. One person has said it needs rebranding because ‘parties’ makes you think of revved-up decadence and Tequila slammers, yet ‘saving power’ makes you think of sitting in the dark and shivering with your hot water bottle listening to your wind-up radio. Hmmm. Well, we don’t all have to think of it that way. Anyone want to share my hottie? Terry Wogan’s just about to start.
What are Power Parties? February 18, 2007
Power Parties is a movement to make parties that save power to save the planet
Your events can save power in one or all of these ways:
1) Your invitation reminds people to turn down the power at home.
2) Your party is organised to use less power.
3) Your event raises awareness of ways to save power.
How can you get involved?
1) You have more parties.
2) You send a Power Parties invitation, or a link to this blog, to remind them to turn down the power before leaving the house.
3) You upload your designs for Power Parties invitations to this group on http://www.flickr.com/groups/powerparties/ for others to use.
4) You send ideas and news to this blog.