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James Boyce
James Boyce is a believer in new media, progressive values and the power of technology to help progressive causes, candidates and companies succeed - which is why he founded Common Sense New Media Strategies after serving as a Senior Advisor on John Kerry's Campaign in 2004.

Currently working for clients such as (RED), NRDC, Stonyfield Farm, The Rainforest Alliance, Marion Institute and many more, James frequently speaks at conferences on how organizations can cost-effectively use new media platforms and tools to help change the world.

A frequent on-air guest on MSNBC, James has been involved in the Huffington Post since the very first meeting in Arianna's living room.

He can be reached at

Entries by James Boyce

Hillary Clinton: Campaigning Like It's 2004

(0) Comments | Posted October 14, 2015 | 1:52 PM

She's campaigning like it's 2004 all over again.

Bear with me a moment. I'll start with the product of Hillary Clinton -- who she actually is and what she stands for.

This is partially a factual review and is also partially from personal experience. There are no pictures in this article -- which is...

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Once Again, Business Shows Nonprofits the Future

(0) Comments | Posted October 7, 2010 | 12:55 PM

Occasionally, we can gain great insights from small events. These brief moments often disappear into the ether, but sometimes a small moment, with perspective, can actually indicate major change on the horizon.

On a plane back from D.C. last week, I saw such a telltale sign. It was a small...

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Big Oil's About to Go Big Money in California

(3) Comments | Posted October 6, 2010 | 8:58 PM

Right now, California is about to get a dose of Big Oil's money as some of the biggest polluters in the country -- Valero, Tesoro and Koch Industries -- see their dream of Proposition 23 go down in flames.

These Toxic Triplets have poured close to ten million...

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Introducing -- One Step Better Than Reusing Your Hotel Towels.

(2) Comments | Posted September 24, 2010 | 10:35 AM

How much energy are we conserving when we reuse our hotel towels? Sure it's a good thing, but the cynic inside many of us says this small effort does more for the bottom line of the hotel than it does for the environment.

If we really want...

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When Obama Called Mike Castle

(1) Comments | Posted September 21, 2010 | 10:19 AM

Surely President Obama has better things to do than to make time to call someone who lost the Republican Nomination for Senate in Delaware. But the fact the President Obama made the time to call Mike Castle says a lot about Washington, the remaining vestiges of inside the beltway power...

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The Democracy Diet

(0) Comments | Posted September 14, 2010 | 2:33 PM

It doesn't take a doctor to look around and see that our body politic is not healthy. We've been gorging on too much corporate cash, and special interest distortions. And while that looks really good on the surface, it is not giving us what we need to keep our body...

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McConnell Opens The November Window For Democrats.

(55) Comments | Posted September 13, 2010 | 4:40 PM

There have been lots of stories about how the Democrats can rally from two plus years of perceived ineptitude and salvage the November elections. Well, Senator Minority Leader McConnell has promised to filibuster any extension of the Bush tax cuts that do not include Americans making over $250,000.

He wants...

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Americans Don't Burn Books

(33) Comments | Posted September 7, 2010 | 9:38 AM

Enough is enough. Enough with the bigotry and the hate. Enough with the race-baiting and the fake debate about the Ground Zero Mosque. Enough of white Americans putting up fences to keep their fellow humans out. Enough of the birthers.

Enough of Christian hypocrites who thump their Bibles while denying...

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Welcome to America: Head Down, Trying to Survive the Day and a Bad Marriage

(25) Comments | Posted July 28, 2010 | 10:24 AM

I am fascinated, perversely, with the total and complete failure of the climate clean energy bill in the United States Senate, and have struggled to find a parallel in our time for such an event.

Rising temperatures, scientific consensus, public support, a Democratic Senate, House and White House, the unfortunate...

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The Distant Neighborhood

(0) Comments | Posted June 29, 2010 | 4:56 PM

A recent week long stay in the hospital got me thinking about connections, our five best friends, and how vast our local neighborhoods are. When I busted my knee up, and couldn't drive, or get dinner by myself, I turned to my friends for help.

I am not the most...

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Sometimes You Feel Like A Nut. Sometimes You Don't.

(0) Comments | Posted June 23, 2010 | 11:43 AM

Can you complete this old advertising jingle?

Almond Joy's got nuts, mounds don't.

The other day in our office I discovered, and I am sure I am not the first 45 year old boss to have such a moment, that our newest hires had no idea what I was...

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Wiffle Ball: The Greatest Game

(0) Comments | Posted June 15, 2010 | 3:00 PM

Second base is a granite rock. Third an upside down kettle. First the top of the step sewer. There is no home plate, only a slowly-being ground down patch of grass in front of the basement. The wiffle ball field my son and I play on is far from a...

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What's up With the Rainforest: Need to Save Our Planet Has Never Been More Urgent

(0) Comments | Posted June 15, 2010 | 10:33 AM

Whether it's getting to work on time, or crossing off the last item on our bucket list, life is a race against the clock -- and right now, we aren't winning. We've spent the last decades without much regard to how our actions will impact our ecosystems and environment, forgetting...

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(RED) Shows The World How To Score With SMO

(0) Comments | Posted June 15, 2010 | 10:23 AM

The world in which we live and I work is one that is changing at light speed. We are living Moore's Law; the founder of Intel theorized that computer power doubles approximately every eighteen months. A generation ago, the power that was being doubled was significantly less than that which...

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Kick. Score. Save.

(0) Comments | Posted June 10, 2010 | 3:28 PM

As a red-blooded American, it is my God-given right to ignore every aspect of the World Cup. However, even if you are one of those people who are perfectly happy to skip the whole event as you wait for the real football season to get started, I am here to...

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Great Britain Gives Respect To Women -- Bars Chris Brown From Entering

(4) Comments | Posted June 9, 2010 | 12:24 PM

Here in the United States, we seem to have a very hard time telling right from wrong. For example, when I wrote about the tragic death of Yeardley Love and how our culture is willing to forgive unforgivable offenses, such as Roman Polanski pleading guilty to sexual acts with a...

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What I See, Virtually

(0) Comments | Posted June 8, 2010 | 9:46 AM

Just recently I spoke at a conference in New York, and afterwards milling around the lobby, a few people came up to me and asked me "What do you see happening next? Where is all of this going?"

It's a complicated question and one that literally can change every...

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What's Up With the Rainforest: A Day in the Life of a 14-Year-Old CEO

(1) Comments | Posted June 2, 2010 | 10:24 AM

Each generation -- the Veterans, Baby Boomers, Gen X and Gen Y -- has developed a set of values and beliefs unique to the social environment of their time. Our actions become rooted in this social code, acting as the guideline for our behaviors and decisions. But what will come...

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Collective Failure. Singular Opportunity.

(1) Comments | Posted May 25, 2010 | 5:53 PM

Last Thursday was the one-month anniversary of the Gulf oil disaster and every day, we see more and more evidence that collectively we have failed to not only act, but also we have failed to organize and express our anger about the disaster, and its truly shocking long-term...

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One Month After The Oil Spill, It's Time To Act.

(6) Comments | Posted May 20, 2010 | 9:01 AM

One month ago today the Gulf Oil Spill disaster took place. It's been a month where all of the good and bad of the debate on clean energy and our country's future has been plain for all to see.

It's almost hard to pick out specific highlights and lowlights. This...

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