Category: Unconventional Wisdom

Unconventional Wisdom: Partisanship isn’t the problem.

Play this video and listen as you read this post.  You’re welcome. Jill Sobule @ Netroots Nation 2011   I sent the following to a request for comment/advice regarding a bright young man’s effort to make a difference through a “bi-partisan organization”:   I don’t do anything (political) non-partisan or bi-partisan.  Partisanship isnt the problem, […]

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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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