At 10:00 a.m. on cleanup day, your group arrives with packed lunches at the registration area in Golden Gate Park, and waits a few minutes to see one of the volunteers. Each of you shows proof that you are of age to participate, and signs a form taking responsibility for your own safety during the cleanup. A volunteer takes down your name and hands you a packet containing these materials:
By 10:30, everyone's set up with the necessary materials, and the volunteers have assigned each person to a narrow band of land. Since you and your friends arrived together, you'll cover adjacent strips of the park. Relaxed and ready to go, you all set out along your respective strips, talking along the way, walking together around fountains and other impenetrable parts of your path, and occasionally picking up cans and bottles for the recycling bag or throwing styrofoam food containers and other waste into the garbage bag. About forty-five minutes into your walk, you arrive near the volunteer station, where you take a fifteen-minute break, during which you sit for a while, stretch, empty your bags, get your cards stamped, and meet a few of the other participants.
Two more hour-long (45 minutes plus 'station break') stints--with a quick lunch break between them--later, and you've earned your ticket. At the station at the far end of the park, the volunteers are ready to take your cards and the garbage you've culled in return for the reward they hand (or mail) you. You listen to hear your name among those declared raffle winners while you and your friends are taking care of these final details, and wave farewell to the other people you met on the project. Four hours (three hours on the trail, 15 minutes for a group snack in the middle of the park from 12:30 to 12:45, and 30 minutes each for signup and signoff) have passed very quickly, the park looks spiffy, and it's time to get ready for the show.
While some complicating issues may arise for larger projects, the overall exchange model is readily scaleable:
|A hot upcoming event in your town promises an excellent performance--and also features a special promotion: a portion of the tickets have been reserved for participants in the local Pick Up Tix program, through which people can earn a free ticket with a few hours of community service cleaning up the park.
This added 'human interest angle' prompts one of the local dailies to publish an article about the show on the front of the local news and events section, and soon the other local papers 'catch up' with their own small items about the show, highlighting how well businesses and community members are working together for the benefit of all park visitors.
Interest in both the program and the event rises as a result of the exposure, rewarding everyone involved, keeping journalists busy, and delighting the local politicians.
donating their expiring goods (e.g. tickets). We've been working with this model since March 21st, 1997.
None of the performers, venues or promoters have agreed. They're just examples of situations where "Pick Up Tix" could work.
|An upcoming episode of West Coast Live: San Francisco's Radio Show to the World will feature an excellent artist or author, as usual, and also a special promotion: a couple dozen tickets have been reserved for participants in the local Pick Up Tix program, through which people can earn a free ticket by spending a few hours cleaning up the park.||An upcoming show at the Fillmore Auditorium or the Great American Music Hall will feature excellent music, as usual, and also a special promotion: one hundred tickets have been reserved for participants in the local "Pick Up Tix" program, through which people can earn a free ticket by spending a few hours cleaning up the park||An upcoming San Francisco professional sporting event, or a show at Shoreline Amphitheater or Concord Pavilion, will feature exciting entertainment, as usual, and also a special promotion: one thousand seats have been reserved for participants in the local "Pick Up Tix" program, through which people can earn a free ticket by spending a few hours cleaning up the park.|
|Participants:||Spend just two hours cleaning up Marina Green the day of the show to win a free ticket (while supplies last, so get there early!). Some lucky raffle winners will win two passes to the next show.||Spend just three hours cleaning up Fort Mason (or part of Ocean Beach) the weekend before the show to win a free ticket (while supplies last, so get there early!). Some lucky raffle winners will take home CDs and T-shirts.||Spend half a day cleaning up Golden Gate Park the weekend before the show to win a free ticket (while supplies last, so get there early!). Some lucky raffle winners will get to sit in Acme.Com's corporate box|
|A few Materials:|
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