What is Z-Day?
“Zeitgeist Day”, or Z-Day for short, is TZM's flagship global event which occurs each year in mid-March and features a main event with prominent Movement speakers and guests from all over the world, while working in solidarity with many other parallel events that occur the same day or weekend. This gesture is one of global unity towards a sustainable world that works for the planet and everyone one it. If you are not familiar with the tenets and goals of The Zeitgeist Movement, see: What is the Zeitgeist Movement?
It all started in in 2009, with over 400 events in over 70 countries. These events were well documented by news agencies across the world, including the New York Times in America. In 2010 through 2013, we averaged about 300+ events each year.
A Zeitgeist Day Event can take on many forms, ranging from a simple showing of DVD media, to pre-recorded lectures, to interactive question-and-answer events, with Chapter Organizers in various regions giving their own unique presentations.
While it is not required to be in a regional Zeitgeist Movement Chapter to have an event, it is recommended. To find a Chapter in your area, please check here. Generally speaking, we encourage each Chapter to help organize events in their region. If wish to start a chapter, please do!
The Zeitgeist Movement Presents The 9th Annual Z-Day. The 2017 Main Event will take place at the New Globe Theatre in Brisbane, Australia on March 25-26th, 2017. Day Hour Minute Second Casey Davidson, The Zeitgeist Movement Australia National Coordinator, will be hosting the main event, joined by change-makers from all over the world. Join us, along…
Organize your Z-Day Event
HOW IT WORKS:
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Z-Day Event Organization Guide
SUGGESTIONS AND TIPS : A FIVE STEP PLAN
Step 1: Picking a Format
Step 2: Finding a Space
Step 3: Gathering Resources
Step 4: Promoting the Event
Step 5: Executing the Event
It is highly suggested that you document your event in some form. These events are only as good as their memory. Filming and posting to your Chapter's YouTube channel is almost required. You might want to also consider a Ustream (or similar) live webcast of the event itself. Taking photographs to post on social networks is also suggested.
Make a Video Promo:
Creative promotion is an artform, so please consider making a 1-2 minute Promo for your event and Sending it to us!
Tickets and Money:
Profiting from Zeitgeist Day Events is strictly prohibited. It is to be either free or "at cost". An "at cost" event simply means that it is break-even in the end. Admission prices are generated by taking into account the number of people who are expected to attend, along with the cost of the space and production. In other words, if you have a space and production which will cost $800 and you anticipate that 200 people will be attending, then the ticket price will be four dollars. Of course, selling-out might not be the case and one certainly doesn't want to lose money. If you have 200 seats but are not sure if it will sell-out, a general rule is to assume 75% attendance and calculate the ticket cost from there.
 PICKING A FORMAT:
The following is a list of possible formats which can be used for your Z-Day event. These are simply suggestions and hybrids of these ideas are also possible. It is important to note that the most common of all formats is a public screening of various media, coupled with a knowledgeable Q&A session/group discussion. It is also important to consider materials for your event, such as pamphlets, copies of the Orientation Guide, DVD media to pass out, and anything else that can aid awareness. Not listed below are other ideas such as public access broadcasting of certain video media (films) on the day itself, radio show program call-ins, "flashmobs", or other traditional activism/awareness mediums. For example, it might be a good idea to get the phone numbers of dominant radio stations in your area which allow for call-ins, and thus engage the host of the show with information about our movement, etc.. All of this comes down to your creativity. In the end, safety and legality is, of course, very important. The Zeitgeist Movement does not condone any type of radical or violent behavior which could lead to bad press and we will denounce any activities that put us in such a bad light. This is an awareness campaign project.
The most simple format is a household gathering. This can be private or public, depending on your level of comfort. It could be seen as a party of sorts. Invite friends and family members to talk about the ideas that we advocate; watch one of the movies or presentations/lectures. Note that if you choose to publicly advertise your event, please be careful about who you let into your home. While we try our best to assume the goodwill of people, sometimes it is out of our control and thus safety and security is a sad, modern reality.
Acquiring a theater or hall for video screenings is one of the most popular mediums. You could screen relevant information and documentaries as a means of relaying information rather than lecturing. An example would be to play Zeitgeist: Addendum or Zeitgeist: Moving Forward, or even Peter Joseph's satiric educational series Culture in Decline. There are also a number of TZM lectures available for free download in DVD format on this site. Since many people today connect their computers to television screens, TZM's Official YouTube channel has an enormous amount of content to stream. Of course, our media is not the only media that can be shown. There are other socially relevant documentaries out there as well, which could be part of your program. However, maintaining focus on The Movement is certainly preferred. If a Chapter representative is orchestrating or attending the event, it is a good idea to try to engage the audience in a Q&A about the movement at some point as well. Public interaction is very important, in general, as questions are very common about this direction.
If you have a good group of friends interested in the movement, you could hand out materials in a public space - be it a certain street, the city center, a popular bridge, or wherever a lot of people pass by. You could think of fun items like a Z-Day balloon (used in London years past), paired with a free dvd of a lecture series and a flyer. Please do check your local laws about handing out materials on the street and setting up a stall/stand. We also condone the idea of “flashmobs” for awareness. Please visit our toolkit for downloadable flyers and pamphlets.
A lecture is a presentation of information conducted by one or more people to inform an audience about certain subjects. These lectures always contain a vocal element as there are speakers and very often they are assisted using audiovisual tools such as a powerpoint presentation or a movie to get their points across and summarize what is being talked about. Z-Day Main Events almost always consist of lecture components.
A conference is a larger, multidimensional idea. A conference usually lasts multiple days, spanning a number of different meetings and lectures / screenings. This format would be most suitable for Z-Day events that are expecting a lot of visitors that travel large distances and would benefit more from an event spanning more than 1 day. Displays, interactions, videos, and lectures are typical for these types of events.
 FINDING A SPACE:
In most cases, a theater or simple hall will suffice for your event. If you live in a large city, there should be a number of spaces at your disposal, usually in the form of lecture and concert halls. If you live in a smaller town, very often a church facility or a local town hall can be utilized as well. It is always good to book such venues well in advance and to make sure any required media equipment is also arranged through any rental agency or the like. As a general note, due to the somewhat controversial nature of what we are advocating, and the tendency for people to not understand immediately, it is important to be strategic in your communication with organizations you might be renting a space from. Rather than try to describe at length what The Movement is about, it is better to generalize and describe that we are a sustainability organization working to help transition society into a more ecologically and socially productive climate.
 GATHERING MATERIALS:
For obvious reasons, a certain monetary aspect comes into play when it comes to getting materials. Here are some basic tips on how to acquire the resources in the most movement-spirited way.
Don’t ask for money, ask for resources:
Perhaps instead of thinking of a budget, think of how each in the organizational team can share resources for the event. For example if you are in need of a location to hold the event, ask around in your community if someone could arrange that for free, or for little monetary compensation. Agree to bring food and drinks instead of buying them before or selling them at your event. Does someone own a projector that you'll need? Borrow it. There are many ways to work together, and in many cases it will be surprising how everyone can come up with 'something' to contribute to the event without spending much money at all.
In some cases, the former scenario might not work out as well as hoped. If you are in need of a monetary budget, you should adhere to the following: Always calculate the cost beforehand and set that as your goal for contributions by your community/team. If you are receiving the money in person, keep a record of who contributed what. Reimburse donators for any expenses not made. If you must receive the contribution online, use a "chip in" widget where everyone can see what the goal is. Be very clear to point out all the expenses, too.
Sponsorship and cooperation with like-minded organizations:
Another thing you could do is get in touch with local organizations or companies that are developing technology or promoting social directions that are in line with our goals. If you explain them the goal of our event and The Movement, perhaps they will be interested in sponsoring, or even attending your event. You could also offer them a stand to present their product/technology. However, please understand that this day is not about promoting a commercial product or selling anything. It is about presenting and sharing ideas.
There are many ways to go about promoting your event. Try to be as creative as possible and ask your community/team about opportunities to use any cost-free promotional instruments they might know of. Target audiences to consider:
Your Local Community:
In all cases, your local community would be the first audience you want to appeal to. Inform everyone you know to join your event on Z-Day and try to have them help you spread this news. Mouth-to-mouth promotion is very effective, and more importantly: Cost free.
Local media can be a great instrument to promote your event. Write EVERY institution that is involved in reporting about local events and don’t forget the independent media online. If you succeed in having them cover you, this will help a great deal in mapping Z-Day results worldwide, as well as getting people to come to your event.
Universities and other Educational Institutions:
Another very important audience to reach out to is students. Students are often very receptive to new information and will likely find it interesting. Be sure to give your team a reasonable amount time before your event to communicate with universities and see if they are willing to allow you to hand out promotional material, etc..
Z-Day Event Toolkit:
There is a toolkit on this site for free Z-Day event materials that you can use in order to promote your event. The printing and burning of these materials should cost you little and will provide maximum content.
Flyers are also a standard tool for promotion. Create your own or download them. Hand out flyers in locations that are busy, and/or might have an audience that is receptive.
Local Media Advertisements:
If it is not too expensive, you could buy space in local newspapers and use other media to promote your event. Ad spaces in public transport (buses, trains, etc.) are also very effective.
Forums, Twitter, Facebook, Youtube, or whatever, use the internet to promote your event as much as possible without being considered a spammer or unintelligent poster. Use it to the max, but with discretion and respect the online environment you are using. This option is a must, as it is highly effective, and free aside from your monthly internet fee.
 EXECUTING THE EVENT:
In many ways, the most important thing is that you and all your participants have a good time and learn a lot from each other. 🙂
Have a flexible time frame for the event:
Running on a super tight schedule is not usually much fun. Make sure you have enough room in your agenda for the day that will allow for some parts of your event to take more time than expected.
Have coordinators or point people that can handle questions:
Depending on the size and format of your event, and the staff that you are working with, it might be handy to have your team act as point persons for people with questions related to the movement and the direction in general.
Food and Drinks:
You might allow people to bring their own food and drinks to your event. Unless there is a dire need to fund the event with such sales, try to be as open to giving such things away as possible to enable a sense of community.
A word of encouragement:
Thank you very much for taking the time to review our 5-step plan to Z-Day 2017. We hope this plan will aid you in setting up your own Z-Day events.
Gilbert Ismail - Int. Chapters Coordinator