R: Last month we had over two hundred thousand unique visitors and my belief is that there is a real need for a place where people can find - get a voice. And that's what Opednews attempts to do, in a way, with integrity, so that it can be trusted, too. We had to struggle with our policies related to conspiracy theories for example.
R: We've made the decisions that we're not going to cover certain topics because we want to be treated, seen as credible, while also being open minded and flexible too. So, we've evaluated some issues and we cover some and some we don't. But, our goal is to keep it really wide open and give people voices and I think we're pretty successful with that. If your listeners have something to say and want to write about it, we'd like to see your writing. Sign up as a member and you submit to our queue and one of our volunteer editors will evaluate your content. It gets processed faster if it's under a thousand words but we get long stuff, too. We've had articles as long as twenty seven thousand words and we're working with a couple of authors now who are literally putting their whole books on the website.
H2: How would somebody that wanted to contact you or submit something to you, do it? What--
R: Go to Opednews .com and sign up as a member in the upper right hand corner there's a place to sign up. It's just in the banner area, I think, I forget whether it's the very top or just below the banners and become a member and then log in and go to YOUR ARTICLES tab and submit an article and it'll go into the queue and somebody will get a look at it, usually within one to three days, sometimes in as little as a couple hours, sometimes as long as a week if it's over one thousand words.
H2: I wanna give a shout out, too to Blogtalk radio which is the platform that we're working on right now because in a way, they're doing the same thing with voice communication that you're doing with , with print communication. And these avenues that are setting up a platform and then you know obviously using some discretion as to whose voice they allow but still allowing such a wide Panoply of voices to emerge and have the chance to be heard and to clarify their ideas.
H1: And I also think in terms of your stuff with the hero's journey I really think with, the radio show and hopefully it comes through in, in my writings is that there is kind of a web being woven from the inside out from different peoples really focusing on different arenas, whether it be agriculture, education, diet, eh, religion, spirituality, whatever, is that there is, there's this web being woven that all these things mirror one another in their own way but it's all about empowering the self which is exactly what you're doing with the hero's journey. And you know I'm kind of batting my head against a wall right now trying to figure out, "okay how am I going to put this into an article.
H1: Because I think it's extremely important that folks start to see the patterns.
R: I, I agree. I think that you know, how do I put it? First of all I just want to mention if people want to listen to my radio show they can go to iTunes and look for my name --Rob Kall, k a l l but in terms of what you're describing you know, what I've said before is that you know when the giant dinosaurs ruled the earth, the little mammals didn't attack the dinosaurs. The ecology changed, and the dinosaurs died, the mammals survived. [
H1: So true.
H2: [laughs] Definitely. As we're - as we're winding down, what message or advice would you give, our listeners regarding what they can be doing to bring about a more resilient equitable and just future?
R: Try to stay local. Try to source locally. Don't do business with big chains, don't buy products that are made by international giant companies,. You want to fight big and stay small, You want to wake up, discover your power, discover how your power can be maximized by inter-cooperation interdependence, trust people--you;ve got to be careful with how you do that, but trust is an essential part in the Bottom Up Revolution.
R: And if you pull those ingredients together you will find that you will be on a hero's journey that could change your life and change the world.