What is a Watch Party?
A Watch Party is when you invite others in your community to watch one of our videos with you. When you bring together a group of friends to watch, you’ll be learning, growing and taking action together. That’s how you kick off a movement in your town.
A Watch Party can be hosted anywhere you have access to the internet. Some folks bring food in, some encourage sack lunches, some watch it right after work – there is no wrong way to gather your crowd!
Why host a Watch Party?
Community happens when people to talk to each other. SaveYour.Town videos are intended to get those conversations started and get your community in action.
It’s all part of the Idea Friendly method. You make your town more Idea Friendly when you start to Gather Your Crowd, Build Connections and Take Small Steps. Holding a watch party helps you do all that: you Gather Your Crowd when you invite people to join you in one place to watch. You Build Connections as people talk to each other and discuss what they’ve learned. You Take Small Steps when you start making phone calls and taking action right away.
Even if you and one friend are watching the video together, that’s a Watch Party. You’re changing the future of your town.
Where can you do a watch party?
You can do a watch party anywhere you can get internet access as long as you are personally present each time.
- You can meet with even one person and show them on your phone or tablet
- You can gather around your computer with a small group
- You can borrow a meeting room with a big screen for a big group
You can watch the video from any device, any screen that can load a web page and play a YouTube video. Any PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone, Android phone or tablet, smart TV or TV with a streaming box or stick should work. You can test your setup by playing the video on this page. If that works, you should be good to go.
Who should you invite?
- your best friends who are your reliable partners in crime (and non-crime)
- people with positive attitudes who take action
- people who care about your town
How Do You Get Started?
Choose a date, time and location for your Watch Party!
All over this page are graphics for you to use to promote it online and include a flyer to print out. You’ll find even more graphics on the page with the video you plan to show.
Each of our videos is about 30 minutes in length, so you can host a Watch Party and still have time for discussion. Whether you do it before work, at lunch or after work there’s enough time to spend an hour together in productive action.
Some of our older videos run an hour, so if you’re a member playing a video from the archives, be sure to look at the details on the video page to check.
Remember, this is not a meeting, and you are not writing a plan. This is an opportunity to get right to work and enjoy it while you do. You and your crowd will make immediate contributions to your community, we want to help you do so.
The days of just a few old men making all the decisions in the backroom for your community are over. Today your are crowdsourcing your future, and the everyday actions taken by your community members decide what kind of town you will be.
Feel free to email either of us if you have further questions.