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Operation Education: Spreading The Message (Sample Results Included!) Updated 06/24/08

Operation Education Marches On

Since it's been a few weeks we wanted give everyone (especially those of you who have donated) an update on what we've been up to:

We took your suggestions, and streamlined the process. We can now track referrals, which will allow us to pay people to refer others.

We've added some mechanisms to help ensure that people are actually watching the video.

We've created an administrative system for setting up education campaigns. This will allow us to set up campaigns much more quickly, and ultimately allow others to run campaigns of their own.

Our latest campaign was for the video "Overview of America", you can read the responses here: http://operationeducation.org/reports/rptResponses.cfm?vid=6...
Excerpt:

"I learned and was suprised at the difference between a republic and a democracy.It gave me more insight as to how this nation was intended to be , and how nice it could be again. It has inspired me to want to do something to help make this a great nation again, but what?"

A big part of the Campaign For Liberty is education, we are reaching people with Operation Education who are totally unfamiliar with this information!

We'll be running a few more campaigns this week.
If you would like to help, we could use some suggestions on which videos will be most effective to use to spread the message.
Also, please consider making a donation at http://operationeducation.org ,
which will only go to fund education campaigns. No money is spent on development, hosting or anything else.

Thanks! (If you're unfamiliar with Operation Education, see original post below)

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I am happy to announce the public unveiling of a new site.
We have already begun spreading the message with great success, as I believe you will agree after reading below.

Before I share our exciting news, allow me to share a bit about our history since I feel it shows how we can accomplish more when we work together:

I read a post here on DP about buying DVDs of "America: Freedom To Fascism" and passing them out to people. I thought this was a great idea. For $1 or $2 you can educate people on the truth about the Federal Reserve, IRS, RealID, Fractional Reserve Banking, Ron Paul...
Unfortunately, a lot of people don't watch them, they just toss the DVDs out (in my personal experience). And if they do watch them, how do you know what impact it had on them? What if they have any questions? What if they want to learn more? What if they want to get involved?

Don't get me wrong... I think giving out the DVDs is great! Especially to people who don't use the Internet. However, I kept thinking about what would be a better way to distribute the videos. Then I saw another post about paying people to watch videos (http://www.dailypaul.com/node/45445). I immediately knew how to make the idea work. I knew if we paid people $1 or $2, they would watch the video and we could ask (or answer) questions and get instant feedback.

I e-mailed the OP and we got to work on setting up a sample. On April, 15th (ironically, tax day) we offered 10 people (Americans) $2 each to watch "America: Freedom to Fascism" and give us their opinions on it (we offered a bonus for the best response). We used Amazon's Mechanical Turk which is a service that allows you to pay people for completing tasks. The reaction far exceeded our expectations! Within minutes 10 people took the offer. The next day we read the responses. I was so surprised and pleased by the responses. Here are few excerpts:

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"I have learned a great deal about how the federal income tax is not really supported by law. That it is the lower courts that prosecute and impose as if is law. It was a really thought provoking film. Makes me leery of a lot of decisions that on the surface sound good for national security, yet when you look deeper take on a whole different meaning. I will definitly be doing research on this and follow these types of issues more closely."

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Favorite parts? "The interview with Ron Paul.
After watching this video, I have been educated on many subjects that I knew little about. I wasn't really sure what the federal reserve was and what purpose it serves. I wasn't aware that we only started paying federal income taxes after 1913. These are both very new to me. I also found it quite frightening that the IRS cannot point out a law that requires U.S. citizens to pay federal income taxes. It was a coincidence that I happened to save my taxes for the last second and then watched this video. I almost don't know what to do."

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"This film impacted my opinions in that I am going to research, investigate, and ask questions on my own, before voting in the all-so-important PA Democratic Primary next week. I want to share this information with people close to me and get word out to those who go about like "blind sheep."

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I believe this could be an incredible tool in Spreading The Message to people who otherwise would not have found this information! We can see how effective the videos are to people who are unfamiliar with the information and we can direct the people who are interested in finding out more to useful websites. We will also be able to request a donation if they want to help get others educated as well, especially since some of them seem pretty fired up after watching these videos.

After we offered A:FTF, we offered "Money As Debt" to 20 Americans for $1 each with a bonus for the best response. We got great responses to that too:

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"I learned things that I'd never learned before and really never even thought of, which is scary considering that this whole money cycle is a part of life. I kept asking myself, "Why didn't I ever wonder where money really comes from?". I have always thought it was that it was the gold = paper and that the paper and coins in the world only represented what was available in tangible gold. However, now I feel a bit ripped off and angry."

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"This movie makes me realize that our system needs change, and I want to show it to everyone so that change can actually happen. If I had seen this a month ago I would have thought much more intensely about taking out my student loan."

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"This video made me realize a lot about the secret side of the banking system I was previously unaware of. I'm going to try to not rely on my credit/debit card as often and I'm going to research what each Democratic candidate (I'm undecided) wants to do about the economy, national debt, and other subjects covered in the video."

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You can read more responses for A:FTF and MAD here:
http://operationeducation.org/responses.cfm

We've tried this, we know it works, and it's a low cost way to educate people. We want to continue to do this and reach more people.

And so it is with great excitement that we would like to announce http://OperationEducation.org . We have started a Chip-In with a goal to raise $2000 and use it to reach 1000-1500 more people in the next month. 100% percent of the money raised will be used to spread the videos (we've covered all the website costs ourselves). We will post the responses we get on the website, so everyone can read the exciting success stories of people "waking up".

"Such is the irresistible nature of truth, that all it asks, and all it wants, is the liberty of appearing. The sun needs no inscription to distinguish him from darkness." -Thomas Paine, "The Rights of Man"

If you feel this is a worthwhile effort please donate.

If you have any questions, ideas or comments please post them here or
feel free to email us.

Jamie@operationeducation.org
Nelson@operationeducation.org

UPDATE: Here are some of the new responses to Money As Debt http://www.operationeducation.org/reports/rptresponses.cfm
We'll be adding more daily.

We are going to be showing a different video next week, we'd love to hear you suggestions! Thanks!




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We also need to get cracking

We also need to get cracking with local Campign for Liberty groups. If a meetup group in your community does not exist, start a Campaign for Liberty group with the goal of educating our fellow citizens in the basics of Constitutional government. Get a booth for your local community festival, write letters to the editor at your local newspaper, etc. Keep the effort growing!

It's excellent.

Good luck.

Do you have downloadable (I mean) reading material as well? Maybe a few charts like inflation tracking alongside the establishment of federal reserve date would be an additional aid - but only if they watch the dvds I suppose. And it costs extra of course.

I remember Murray Rothbard saying that if someone steals all your garden furniture you call the cops, but if the government steals one piece a year through inflation, we tolerate and accept it. I thought that was a very compelling analogy and stuck in my head well. Don't know where this would fit in. A quote on your website or something, I don't know.

"What does conservatism today stand for? It stands for war. It stands for power. It stands for spying, jailing without trial, torture, counterfeiting without limit, and lying from morning to night."

Lew Rockwell

Thanks!

Good suggestions. After they watch the video, they fill out the survey and are then presented some additional resources (links to other videos, articles and web sites) to learn more. This is one of the areas of the site that needs some improvement. to encourage people to take action.

Thanks for the update on

your wonderful project....bump....

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Excellent post Daisy!!!

Thanks for all you do. An idea I had while reading this was to give the viewer the option to opt out of the $1.00 and pass on the link to a friend that they would like to educate. Would it not be wonderful if hundreds of thousands opted out of the cash reward and instead after watching decided to send it on to a friend so they could educate themselves? Seems like you would be able to get a real feel of the impact that it is making when you have 250 views and only spent out $20.00. Bless you for your hard work and those that work along with you, keep up the good fight!!

BT

In the beginning of a change the patriot is a scarce man, and brave, and hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot.
~Mark Twain

Always remember:
"It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people's minds." ~ Samuel Adams
If they hate us for our freedom, they must LOVE us now....

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Thanks blounttruth! We give

Thanks blounttruth!
We give people the option to donate and refer people. So far, we've had 38 referrals!
Once they hear the message they want to tell others.

Up again!

bump!

"I think we are living in a world of lies: lies that don't even know they are lies, because they are the children and grandchildren of lies." ~ Chris Floyd

Bump for new update!

Bump for new update!

Bump

Bump

SD Ron Paul liberty Operation up an running.
http://www.southdakotaforliberty.com/

Donate here https://rally.org/southdakotaforliberty/donate
Volunteer for Phone from Home here http://www.southdakotaforliberty.com/node/4

Great idea! I am constantly

Great idea! I am constantly amazed at the creativity of Ron Paul folks. I haven’t had a chance to look at the site yet however I have some suggestions. Amazon has an affiliate program. I suggest you join it and offer Ron Paul’s book and other freedom oriented books for sale on your site and get a commission for every sale to help defray the costs. Also encourage these folks to donate themselves if they think others need to see these videos. Keep up the good work!

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Thanks

hawkiye! great suggestions. We have signed up for the affiliate program, we have Dr. Paul's book, etc... on the bottom of the pages on the site, we also recommend the books to the people watching the videos.
We do ask the people watching the videos to donate, and to refer their friends. So far, they've sent out 18 referrals!

Bumping something positive

Bumping something positive ;-)

We've added some more

We've added some more responses and updated the page to made it easier to read.
Thanks to everyone who has donated so far!
We're getting ready for another campaign in a few days!

Pitched in $25.00..what a

Pitched in $25.00..what a worth cause..that should do 10 more people at least...
The website needs more clickable things and more work, but looks nice.

Thank you!

I agree... the site needs a lot more work to get to the point I'd like to see it at. However, as it is, we're already able to use the money coming in to wake people up. We hope that this will evolve over the coming months into a tool that any canvasser, meetup group, etc. can use to facilitate their own campaigning efforts.

Yes

In God We Trust!

This is the kind of thinking that made America great!

" In Thee O Lord do I put my trust " ~ Psalm 31:1~

brilliant

great work!!

Thanks

We need to pick out who gave the best response, any suggestions?

i will say this

the part i thought that was brilliant is... paying people. i remember from my psych courses on behaviour -- that was key.

money is a desirable incentive to get someone to do something they don't want to do.

the other is authority. so you could add testimonials from people that are deemed 'authority figures/experts' in the mainstream.

but as for which one i liked best -- you'll have to get american input! lol.

sorry. :(

i have absolutely no idea. i'm canadian. completely different marketing techniques are used in the usa.

i know-- weird eh? we may be a lot alike but you sure can't market to us the same way. lol.

I guess for Canadians, we

I guess for Canadians, we would have to give you a beer, eh, to watch a video.

I grew up in Windsor, Ont. Whereabouts are you?

Excellent!!!!

What a great idea. You know how powerful this stuff is when the "Microsoft is tracking this email and will pay for you to forward it" hoax is still circulating in cyberspace. How 'bout one that will actually pay!

BigT is spot on...once you wake up to this stuff, you can't go back to sleep. You can't return to the curtained view. And once you understand how complete the mind control of the masses is, the angrier you get about it, and the more people you want to tell.

Of course you get called a kook a few times but, so what? This methodology may place more legitimacy on the transfer of the knowledge as most would rather place their faith in what they are familiar with...Hollywood productions. And what better attraction than to get paid to watch "TV"!

**“The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who cannot read them.” ~ Mark Twain **

"...there is no doubt that it (socialism) could not possibly have affected us so widely and so deeply as it has, had it not been heavily financed". - B. Carroll Reece

bookmarked

Nice website. I put it on my hot list of currently visited sites to read further!

very worthy

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I have to say that I liked

I have to say that I liked the old format for rating people's responses better. I understand that you wanted a more graphical interface, but perhaps bar graphs instead of the words "very", etc. would be easier to follow. Also, each review should include the headers for each rating so that viewers don't have to scroll to see what it is the person was rating.

Keep up the good work, I am promoting this site as much as I can!

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for an age yet to come

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Thanks for the suggestions

Thanks for the suggestions vincebodie!
We switched the format because it's easier for us to list and organize the responses, but we'll work on it to make it easier to read.

Thanks for promoting us!

You can be sure

that for every one of these people that really views the DVD and is impacted by it, 10 other people will be shown that DVD too, by that original viewer.
Once you find this stuff out, you just HAVE to tell other people, and then show them the video.

This program will have much more far-reaching effects than just the ones that you know about.

Good work!

That's the idea

We're reaching people who are totally unfamiliar with these facts. Once they learn the truth, they want to share it with other people, and that's how the message will keep spreading!