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#OccupyWallStreet, Philanthropy, and Organizing Causes
By Tom Watson on October 16, 2011 | No Comment
#OccupyWallStreet, Philanthropy, and Organizing Causes

Occupy Wall Street, the angry and widespread protest collective that has moved well beyond Zuccotti Park in lower Manhattan, is a month old this week. For those of us who work in the nonprofit and …

‘If you want to liberate a government, give them the Internet’
By Tom Watson on February 14, 2011 | 2 Comments
‘If you want to liberate a government, give them the Internet’

I’ve had a few notes from friends over the last two weeks that all ran along the lines of “this is CauseWired coming to life!” meaning Egypt and seemingly-spontaneous January 25th uprising, which deposed strongman …

Activists Join Hands on the Sand to Protest Oil Policy
By Tom Watson on June 7, 2010 | No Comment
Activists Join Hands on the Sand to Protest Oil Policy

Mark June 26th on your calendars and hope for good beach weather – if you want to see a change in national energy policy, that is. That’s the day that the dream of a Florida …

Birthday Wishes for Beth Kanter – and Cambodian Schoolkids
By Tom Watson on January 11, 2010 | One Comment

Pretty cool way to kick off a frigid Monday morning – by wishing happy birthday to my virtual friend Beth Kanter, whose energy and constant insight is one of the true fuel cells of the …

Craig on Obama's 'Craigslist for Service'
By Tom Watson on December 15, 2008 | One Comment

As Craig Newmark notes in an article on Huffington Post, President-elect Barack Obama ran on a platform that included a call for a national “craigslist for service.” But as Newmark writes, he’d like craigslist itself …

Post-Obama Organizing? It's Already in the Streets
By Tom Watson on November 19, 2008 | One Comment

Understandably, there’s been a lot of discussion in the last two weeks about the future of the powerful Obama Internet operation. Does the vast, empowered constituency serve as a virtual public advocacy campaign for Obama …

Telling the Story with Short-Form Video
By Tom Watson on October 18, 2008 | One Comment

I’m incredibly impressed by this accessible video produced by Lend4Health, a new peer-to-peer microlending startup aimed at helping struggling families provide live-changing treatment for children with autism. Why? Flat out: it tells a story. I’m …

CauseWired: Legions of Community Organizers
By Tom Watson on September 28, 2008 | No Comment

I’ve been thinking about this since the Republican convention a month ago: isn’t the CauseWired movement the virtual empowerment of thousands – and potentially millions – of community organizers, that class of do-gooders so derided …

Generation Gap?
By Tom Watson on January 2, 2008 | No Comment

Beth Kanter has a brilliant post today about what she’s learned from a 20-year-old Cambodian American college student. I love Beth’s honest point of view – that Nhuong Son, who is raising money for Cambodian …

Facebook Activists: Liberal Democrats in Egypt
By Tom Watson on December 29, 2007 | No Comment

I’d missed this great piece in the Washington Post the week before last about the cause of liberal democracy in the Arab Middle East, and how young activists are using social networking tools to plan …


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