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29 minutes ago, xandandl said:

Somewhere today on one of the many DCP dialogical threads referenced Chandler often twittering things from the Fashion World where he oft finds his inspiration. Might this be 2020?

https://us.france.fr/en/provence/list/jacquemus-lavender-fields-provence?utm_source=ECRM_AtoutFrance&utm_campaign=US_GP_CLUBFRANCE_JULY_2019&utm_medium=email

You have just suggested two great themes for Cadets 2020.  "Lavender Fields"  or "Lavender and Pink".  Either would work better than "BEHOLD"

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20 minutes ago, IllianaLancerContra said:

That is a show theme screaming to be done

Would a "good-taste cutoff date" be needed? LOL

For example... Lincoln: In. Kennedy: Maybe too soon. :laughing:

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1 hour ago, PamahoNow said:

 "Lavender Fields"

Sounds like something from the "John Lennon: The Lost Sessions" album. :tongue:

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1 minute ago, Fran Haring said:

Would a "good-taste cutoff date" be needed? LOL

For example... Lincoln: In. Kennedy: Maybe too soon. :laughing:

Suggested Rule of Thumb: If there's likely to be someone in the audience who remembers the event first hand, don't do it.

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Just now, StuStu said:

Suggested Rule of Thumb: If there's likely to be someone in the audience who remembers the event first hand, don't do it.

A very good point.

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My apologies, I didn't mean to derail this thread... since the OP raises many good points.

Whatever works for The Cadets for the future. Everything should be on the table.

 

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I'm not sure inviting all the cooks into the kitchen is the solution. I fear Cadets are going the way of Madison

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17 hours ago, FTNK said:

I'm not sure inviting all the cooks into the kitchen is the solution. I fear Cadets are going the way of Madison

If it’s well organized and the procedures are clear, it can work beautifully, as it has in many many other organizations. Sometimes employees are the “cooks” for a while, others it's the general public.  Either way it’s a temporarily shared process, then handed back to the Head Chef et al. 

The idea is a simultaneous know-your-customer campaign, fundraising and alumni engagement, recruitment, and reinvigoration of a new Cadets approach to image, innovation, and show design  

No one loses for trying this.  It adds value, increases engagement, gets people thinking out of the box, creates community creatively.  

It would only work with a simple, transparent process. Something like this:

 

9/1-9/15.  Open Innovation Competition concept and crowdfunding campaign. Announcement shared widely via social media, and direct outreach to alumni, especially those with music, band, or DCI experience. 

$5,000 in Round One prize funds solicited from a target of 50% new contributors. If either funding goal isn't reached by 9/15, competition is cancelled and all donations given to the corps. Why? That would mean proof of concept failed, and interest is too limited for the project to be successful. But if goal is reached, the initiative is highly likely to yield useful ideas and increase community engagement.

 

9/15-9/30   RFP announced, including rules and procedures. 

No Cadets staff members eligible to submit ideas or receive Round One prizes.

All ideas that win prizes become the intellectual property of The Cadets

Prizes awarded for winning ideas as follows:  

$3,000 for winning concept and show design, the more detail the better, and the winner gets to work with the staff design team, ex officio, to hone and expand the idea, that is, if the staff decides to make the winning submission their show design, or some version of that submission. The staff need not be obligated to choose the winner as the 2020 show design. 

$1,000 for second place 

$500 for third

$100 for five awards for any ideas deemed applicable for 2020 or future seasons 

 

10/1    All proposals are made anonymously and no one but executive director can access during Round One open submission from 10/1 to 10/15. This would enable anyone with conflicts of interest to also participate, because no one in DCI is best served by a struggling Cadets organization, and now is a perfect time to reintegrate tradition with innovation and seek means to incorporate but move past the WGI orthodoxy that may well be alienating as many fans as it is making.

All those planning to review submissions are asked but not required to make a small donation, maybe $25 for professionals, $10 for students, are required to present proof of identity, reveal connections with competing corps, and execute simple NDA/NCA obliging them not to share the intellectual property, especially with a competing corps, without consent of YEA. All moneys collected during crowdfunding Round Two should be directed toward expenses related to executing the 2020 show design.

 

10/16  Submission review. Online sharing of Google Docs or other appropriate virtual team application (Slack, Dropbox, etc.)

Review process with weighted voting:

Non-staff reviewers 49% of total value assigned

Staff reviewers 51%

 

10/31  Winners announced. 

 

 

 
 
 
 

 

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19 hours ago, Fran Haring said:

Would a "good-taste cutoff date" be needed? LOL

For example... Lincoln: In. Kennedy: Maybe too soon. :laughing:

especially if Jay Kennedy is on the judging panel that night.

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