November, 2012: a crucial time in American history. All throughout the nation, citizens of the Trikke world will have the opportunity to be heard, to evaluate the candidates and make a choice, exercising their right to vote in an election that will surely shape the future course of human events.
Who will win? It depends on several key swing locations. And ready or not, Florida is in the mix. So is Texas, California, Illinois and Canada.
Canada? You bet!
The Trikke Academy’s 2013 Location Election is one for all of North America!
Call this the other election taking place in November, the one brought to you by the institution where Trikke Trainers are made.
The Trikke Academy is putting the selection of two of its 2013 Academy locations in the hands of the people, specifically, the people who have intentions of attending one of next year’s seminars where folks learn about all things Trikke.
“Most of our Academies will be happening in our home base of Las Vegas, Nevada,” notes an Academy email newsletter scheduled for release this week. “We will only be traveling to two locations, rather than three, in 2013.”
To determine those two, non-Vegas locales, prospective Academy attendees will rock the vote. The candidates: the cities of Los Angeles, Chicago and Montreal, Canada, along with two states, Florida and Texas (where the cities within those states have yet to be determined).
“We want to be where the demand is,” says Ann Pirone, Academy coordinator. “This helps take the guessing out of the selection.”
Unlike previous Academy attempts to solicit location suggestions, this election comes with a poll tax, of sorts: only those who submit an application for a 2013 Academy (along with a $75 deposit) will be eligible to vote — with good reason, according to the Academy’s director:
“This gives people a chance to vote, but it’s gonna require just a little skin in the game,” says Fred Welch. “It’s the sheer psychological factor of committing funds that makes their vote that much more credible.”
Because of the special circumstances, the normally non-refundable deposit (which is half its usual amount) will be fully refundable, should a voter’s location not win the election (the top two locations will be awarded Academies).
“Hopefully, people will appreciate that we are really trying to meet the need the best we can,” says Pirone. “It’s a big country and we can’t be everywhere, so it’s important that we make our selections count.”
Applications for the election and the Academy seminars can be downloaded here on the Trikke Academy website; and the deadline for entering and voting is Wednesday, November 28, 2012.
And barring any dangling chads that hold up the election, the winners will be announced on November 30th, concluding a process Welch hopes people will appreciate:
“We’re hoping people understand and aren’t offended, somehow thinking we just wanting them to send in a check. That’s not the case at all. This will give us a good sense of the real options from real people who are really interested. An opinion with a deposit speaks much louder than just an opinion. And it sure beats guessing!”
For more information, stay tuned to TrikkeWorld, election central for the 2013 Academy Location Election.
Also see: Trikke Academy gears up for 2013 events.