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Craig Newmark

Craig Newmark

Posted: September 8, 2008 01:02 PM

ObamaTravel.org: The Candidate's Latest Grassroots Strategy


Hey, this is a good example of genuine grassroots democracy:

ObamaTravel.org is a platform that connects volunteers who want to travel to a swing state with financial sponsors and swing state host families. It's sort of a political hybrid of craigslist and Team-in-Training -- volunteers post profiles and solicit sponsorship from their family and friends. Sponsors can see their donations in action by following the activities of their volunteers.


Here we have what looks like real "community organizing" -- online and offline-- and, however much it may have been maligned last week in St Paul, "community organizing" is grassroots democracy.

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