Hilarious and inspiring, and entirely made of win. In this video, JT Eberhard — co-Founder of Skepticon, and captain of the Missouri State University Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster — explains how a couple of jokers chalking the FSM on a college campus turned into a major annual atheist conference with over 600 attendees (and climbing). Lots of the talks at the recent Secular Student Alliance conference were awesome — but this was the only one that was still making me chuckle days later. And he makes some seriously important points about how to build an organization that people will actually want to participate in… and how to not let “I don’t know how to do that” stop you.
BTW, JT is on the Secular Student Alliance speakers bureau. If you want him to come to your group and debate believers, discuss organizational and fundraising models, or explain about building pirate forts as a recruiting tool, check him out.
(Video after the jump, since putting it before the jump screws up my archives. Or, if you prefer, here’s a direct link to YouTube.)