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Let's burn down the system & build something new 🔥

Today's art for The Phoenix was created by Laila Arêde

Hey everyone, it's been awhile. Happy day of ❤️ — for yourself, for each other, and for this planet we're so lucky to share.

I've been thinking the past few months about how best to build community here, and basically decided to stop worrying so much about trying to get it perfect and just go for it. So here we go.

I'm thrilled to announce that in 2022, The Phoenix will be focused on weekly topics that need careful disassembly and reimagining. Our goal will be to practice critical creativity as climate revolutionaries — to burn down the system and build something that works for everyone.

I've got a survey for you today to help choose our discussion topics for the year:

I previously sketched out this plan last fall when we re-launched the community on Ghost. Based on previous surveys from The Phoenix members, our discussions will focus on building community, skills sharing, and conversation about solutions — including what doesn't work.

I've decided on a schedule and cadence that I think will work really well, and most importantly will be possible for me to pull off — even factoring in *waves hands* all this that's going on.

Sundays: Announcing each week's theme

Each Sunday you'll get a short email from me with a preview of the week's topic. We'll probably get to about 40 topics this year, so I'm expecting a huge variety of styles and content, depending on what's in the news, and depending on our interest as a community. Please fill out the survey to suggest topics!

What are taboo questions about climate you've always wanted to ask? What are skills you really would like to connect with other folks about?  There's no real rules, and we can do pretty much anything we want.

Tuesday evenings: Live audio chat on Twitter Spaces — with a special guest

Each Tuesday, I'll have a live conversation with people who have done cool things, have interesting viewpoints, focusing on folks with diverse perspectives.

I'll announce the Twitter Spaces link in the Sunday email. Here's week 1's link: https://twitter.com/i/spaces/1dRJZlrnOVMKB/peek

Thursdays: Short summary post with shared links

Each Thursday, I'll do a short wrap-up post on the week's discussion, with the focus on something I learned, was surprised by, or want to learn more about. I'll also try to share resources and links that were brought up in the Tuesday chat for further reference.

All week long, I'll be doing my best to moderate our members-only Discord (although I could use some help with this, send me an email if you'd like to help out) where we'll announce the week's Twitter Spaces guest and choose each week's discussion topic.

The goal is to make it so that everyone can participate and to be accessible to people who learn in different ways.

Without further ado, let's get right to it.

Week 1

Electric Vehicles

 i hate EV ads so much— 𝕯𝖍𝖆𝖗𝖓𝖆 𝕹𝖔𝖔𝖗 (@dharnanoor) February 14, 2022 

 For every ad about electric vehicles there should be a counter spot about buying less cars and new ways of transporting ourselves and goods that don't exploit people's ways of life and nature— Bora Chang, MPH (@Borabeet) February 14, 2022 

 Nice to see any CO2 emissions reduced by all these electric car ads will be offset by all the crypto ads— Ken Klippenstein (@kenklippenstein) February 14, 2022 

I'll see you in the Twitter Spaces on Tuesday!