In an effort to get the word out that Colorado is holding somewhere around $76 million in reserves (of TANF, or ‘welfare’, federal funding) (for what?!, a rainy day?? Isn’t that now?!), a group of folks wanted to put out an online petition.
I thought I’d do a little self-education and come up with some recommendations and next steps. Here’s what I’ve learned:
– Online petitions are best at public awareness-raising or gathering contact info of supporters.
– Very few petitions are effective–most never even leave the website and thus don’t reach any intended target.
– Petitions can be directly delivered to the target’s email box, but how effective is the same form letter delivered en masse to an inbox?! That seems more annoying