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New Models of Advocacy, Part XXVII
Alex Steffen, 7 Dec 04

If you liked my piece on advocacy networks, you might want to read Marty Kearn's ideas on how to un-do the Industrial Revolution in advocacy:

"Design custom-built products instead of mass-produced ones. Use a dense connectivity of the movement to connect individuals into civic engagements that are meaningful to them. The Internet allows for efficient transmission of individual needs to a dense woven grid of public interest groups helping the most relevant groups respond to each user inquiry. The movement should have a united front dedicated to listening and responding to users quickly helping them state what they want and connecting them to the best social engagements that hook them in participation in the progressive movement."

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"Use a dense connectivity of the movement to connect individuals into civic engagements that are meaningful to them."?

What is this guy thinking? Most people who are engaged in civic/political issues don't have enough time to properly address the issues they care about, let alone get involved in new issues.

And where is the "movement" he's talking about? There are many people who identify themselves as being part of the "left" or at least "activists", but there's little or no cohesiveness, especially in organizing.


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