Nuts & Bolts: A guide to Democratic campaigns—interviews with organizers


Welcome back, Saturday Campaign D.I.Y.ers! For those who tune in, welcome to the Nuts & Bolts of a Democratic campaign. Each week we discuss issues that help drive successful campaigns. If you’ve missed prior diaries, please visit our group or follow Nuts & Bolts Guide.

This week, I’m in Atlanta, Georgia, as activists from all over the country attend Netroots Nation, one of the larger events held yearly designed to help activists share their stories with others and build their efforts. This direct download of activists informing other activists, can be critical in making sure that our efforts have the best shot at success in an election cycle.

This week on Nuts & Bolts, we’re going to talk about why your efforts in activism need to interview a few organizers from other organizations to help build a running start.

How often do you hear “let’s not re-invent the wheel” which is immediately followed by an effort that effectively re-invents the wheel with all new people, guidance, and structure? It happens far too frequently. One of the big reasons for this is that activists like to feel as though their efforts are so unique that lessons learned by another group’s efforts aren’t really translatable, and therefore, too much of their new effort is an all-new, ground up approach.

Bringing in the voices of those who have been active in other efforts, though, can save you a great deal of work and increase the chance that your localized efforts are successful. Let’s talk about how to interview other organizers to get the information you need.



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