Category: Organizing

RootsCamp 2012 – Preview/Materials

I have two sessions proposed for RootsCamp 2012 at DC’s Washington Convention Center. Already scheduled for Saturday in Room 149B at 10:30 AM (first session) is: “Where are we & how do we fix it.  Auditing campaigns to right a sinking ship, even when already under water.” You can find the handout for this session […]

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Miami DFA Campaign Academy Wrap Up

A few weekends a year Democracy for America sends me to a new community to participate in their Campaign Academy program as a trainer.  DFA posted a profile of me as a trainer on their blog recently.  This past weekend, we took the Campaign Academy show to Miami’s FIU Graham Center.  Thank you to our […]

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PowerShift 2011 Southeastern Region & on to DC!

I spent this past weekend at the southeastern regional training for trainers (t4t) of PowerShift 2011 From PowerShift2011.org: This spring, over 10,000 young leaders will converge on Washington, DC to stand up for our future. At Power Shift 2011, we’ll stand together to reclaim our democracy from big corporations and push our nation to move beyond […]

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Unconventional Wisdom: Events

As I looked back on 2010 and saw the great big failures, they troubled me.  Messaging failures, generally unprepared or unqualified campaign staff, candidates unwilling to learn, listen and/or improve, and of course strategies that were designed to fail from the start…  But then there was a feeling of downright anger.  How the hell can […]

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Tools for a Better Organized Campaign

Back in December, I posted Organizing – The Foundation of Progress, the most basic rules of organizing.  I also promised to begin posting some forms and other tools to assist in organizing campaigns.  I’m going to start with a basic fundraising spreadsheet, based on what is used on my December 7th post on fund raising: […]

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UnConventional Wisdom: Looking Back to Win in the Future

In honor of the FDP’s dentist endorsed sugar coated retrospective of the 2010 election season, a look at how candidates and campaigns should handle the aftermath of a campaign in preparation for a future campaign. First, despite amusing quotes projected by some of 2010’s candidates, no campaign is perfect, no campaign is without mistakes, no […]

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Organizing – The Foundation of Progress

Whether you are talking about Civil Rights, Labor, Health Care, or cleaning up your local community parks, the one constant is that organizing is the most efficient and effective means of achieving progress.  On many of the better campaigns I’ve been involved with, at some point, the same document (or one of the many variations […]

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