kassak wrote:Where is the industry support for access issues? I wrote a long thoughtful email about this before that no one seemed to care about. I bring it up again given the escalation of the Maui issue.
Rock climbing is another sport that had serious image problems and some high profile access issues. There is an amazingly organized lobby, The Access Fund http://www.accessfund.org , which receives lots of industry support, to keep climbing access in place. These guys do tremendous work. The do local, state, federal lobbying. Support other groups with knowledge about how to effectively lobby, give small grants, buy easements and sometimes entire moutains!
0. The industry is being incredibly short sighted by not getting involved in these issues.. .
That is a very reasonable question and deserves more of a response than most people want to read on an internet forum. PLEASE take a look at the link to "The access fund" they are a mostly industry supported organization with also membership support and are incredible!!! They are a an amazing example of what is possible for our needs.
This is a very common thing and in the US the term used is advocacy.
But for a quick idea here you are. The whole process is really about information gathering, analysis and dissemination.
1. Create a name, 1. "Open Shores" for example.
2. For starters 2. they could fund an effort to take a serious analytical look at 5 or so cases of access issues. See what worked in certain cases and what didn't. Create a users guide to access issues available on the internet.
3. Next big access issues they can make that information and guidance available in the following way.
a. 3. Help the local group coalesce into an organization that will represent their interests
b. Help the local group navigate the local laws and ordinances to understand the issue
i. Help the local group create an action plan for the local
c. Help the local group craft letters to the editors in local papers and calls to local officials
d. Help the local group craft legislation, administrative rule changes, ordanices that they would like to see enacted to be able to hand to elected officials or local officials
f. Help the local group organization participation at local/state meetings regarding the issues
g. Help the local group with legal representation should legal action be the optimal direction
h. Help the local group obtain funding for their efforts
4. Take the 4. knowledge gained in this action and incorporate into Open Oceans advocacy action plans and start the whole process over again for the next case.
How does that sound? It isn't that complicated and different groups do this all the time. The biggest thing it requires is leadership and organization.
I would like to be the first to nominate Toby to be the executive director of Open Oceans
The one complicating thing about this is that as the saying goes all politics are local so the expertise that is effective in one location may not do a thing in another.
This issue in Maui is just the catalyst to start this sort of thing.
longwhitecloud wrote:Use the Open source database encouraging proactive solutions and education in kiteboarding.
I initiated this because I started to see a conflict of interest between industry and the actual riders. Obviously the word death/fatal/ injury.. are not positive for business (this website is a business too...)... but it does actually offer some very useful info to industry!
You have the local safety expert here who is paid to be an expert prosecution witness with regards to kiteboard safety that keep his database secret and thinks he has time to deal with the whole worlds issues.
You got IKA that values olympic success above honesty and safety of current and future kiteboarders "As safe as any other sport (with lessons etc)" "No additional facilities are required (when compared to sailing)" - how about safe launching and landing areas?!
The list is collecting all positive news media for kiteboarding now too - rescues etc and will include charity event, stories of how teh sport has had a positive change on peoples lives.. soon too.
It contains no third party accidents at all - i personally have only ever known of one from 12 years ago and don't even know if it is true - but for all accidents it references the most direct sources first which enables the community the make opinion collectively about Potential mitigation measures (as they already do - just vastly spread out).
It started out a bit crap, but after input from over 20 people now with many suggestions and data, it is getting better.
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