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Our platform is to redefine the USG process of platform initiative completion and to use the ASU student body to achieve mold breaking service and philanthropy.
This seems really vague, but let’s talk about why a platform’s specificity apparently has absolutely no relevance in USG elections.
Year after year, we are thrown platforms with really promising initiatives and goals about:
- Campus safety
- Tuition decreases
- Better game day experience
- Student fee decreases
- Parking/Transit fixes
(Just to name a few)
Why are these things reappearing on platforms year after year? Why can’t we get this stuff figured out already?
TRUE STAT: In the last 2 years, only 24% of USG initiatives have been completed. Three (10%) were things the school was already doing without USG, and one (3%) was the creation of an additional USG position most people don’t know exists. (24%-13%= 11%) But accounting for possible errors, let’s give a generous score of 13% for direct student impact. Yikes.
Logically, this poor efficiency percentage would suggest that there is a problem with the system in which things are getting done. There needs to be a change.
We can’t keep doing things the same way and expecting different results.
Elections work in an “If/Then” format. Meaning “IF you vote for me… THEN I will do something”
The Human Campaign thought that was kind of lame. Especially when only about 13% of these things are likely to impact students directly. Why does leadership have to wait? We can make a difference any time we want- big or small.
You are doing such an amazing job.
How Will You Do It?
The Human Campaign is an action oriented project.
The only way anything ever gets done is through direct action. As simple and dumb as it sounds, nothing gets done unless you do it. USG is really trying to do a lot of stuff, but nothing is getting done. Again, lets look at the process:
Right now USG is trying to solve problems to engage students. We believe that we need to engage students in order to solve problems.
We don’t want politics and procedure. We want people and action.
This can be achieved in a number of ways:
a. Support student orgs.Let’s realign the budgets and priorities so that student groups (coalitions, clubs, Greek life, etc.) can get some major help with marketing, advertising, event planning, and philanthropy efforts. Student groups are the ones repping ASU more than anyone, they need to be lifted up much more.
b. Support student entrepreneurial ventures. Have you seen that “#1 in innovation” thing? Its hard not to when its plastered everywhere. And that good because it’s a cool thing. A lot of that recognition is stemming from work being done at changemaker and by student entrepreneurs all over campus. Let’s get students with big ideas that are changing the world to help change the campus. We want them to be heard and to supply them with the resources they need.
c. Community Building Events. Everyone wants to feel like they belong to a family. When you feel safe on campus, when you know and love the community you’re in… good things happen. We want to see students come together and celebrate on more than just game days and fall concerts. We need to promote clubs throwing awesome events. Give more of the new budget to event hosting orgs like PAB. This place is big, but it can feel a lot smaller.
Are You Qualified?
I sure hope not.
With the previously mentioned numbers we talked about: it is clear there needs to be a new kind of qualification. USG doesn’t need managers- it needs leaders.
It needs a spark of passion and a strong vision for what ASU can be. As far as logistics and legislation goes: we can easily appoint and build teams to accomplish those tasks. The body is nothing without the brain. Right now, all of USG's limbs are working- but the brain has gone dull.
Are You Actually Trying To Win?
Everyone enters a race to win, right? But our priority is more about gaining your support than gaining your vote. What does that mean? The Human Campaign is fundraising for an awesome organization called Camp Kesem and promoting some community building events. By donating or showing up to events, we will consider that a win as opposed to only earning your vote.
WHAT WE'RE ABOUT
Putting Bullshit in the back seat
The Human Campaign goes beyond the vote, beyond the t-shirts, beyond the social media agenda. It is the beginning of a movement as students, friends and humans. Join the movement. Help us inspire others through philanthrophy and random acts of kindness that lead to a stronger campus and a stronger community. In this election, nobody loses.
Promoting mold-breaking philanthropy and service
Nothing like this has ever been done at ASU. The Human Campaign is using the massive stage of USG elections to fundraise for Camp Kesem, an organization that helps children through and beyond their parent's cancer. We will also be hosting "SPARK" events, which promote service on large and small scales. Whether it's writing a compliment on a sticky note or volunteering at a community garden. Lets go out and do great things.
Unlocking ASU's potential
ANALOGY TIME: ASU is like a tug of war team. But even though we have the most people... we consistently lose because everyone is pulling at different times. The Human Campaign is here to get everyone pulling at once. The solutions to campus and community problems lie within the minds of ASU students. We plan to get those ideas out into the world through action oriented events and student org promotion.
Our Mission is to spark YOUR mission
Heres the deal: you are a champion. The Human Campaign is here to rock the world with you. Come to us with your passions, your ideas, and maybe even your chaotic messes. Let's make some moves. Join our cause. Walk the walk with us.