Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Community Politics US style ? 

The organisational revolution in US politics engineered by the Obama campaign is quietly changing the way politics work over there.

Inside the Obama campaign, almost without anyone noticing, an insurgent generation of organizers has built the Progressive movement a brand new and potentially durable people's organization, in a dozen states, rooted at the neighborhood level.
The "New Organizers" have succeeded in building what many netroots-oriented campaigners have been dreaming about for a decade…The architects and builders of the Obama field campaign …. have undogmatically mixed timeless traditions and discipline of good organizing with new technologies of decentralization and self-organization….
Win or lose, "The New Organizers" have already transformed thousands of communities—and revolutionized the way organizing itself will be understood and practiced for at least the next generation.
Zack Exley
Huffington Post 8 October 2008

A most interesting read for the jaded survivors of our Community Politics efforts. Wonder if our Lib Dem Presidential Candidates – and people worried about how to support our PPCs- might find the whole article of interest. There are certainly some good Liberal themes on decentralisation and trusting people to get on with the job here…

If this is for real the Obama campaign may prove to be a bit more than a knocking-up push to change the deckchair in the Oval Office.

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