Last week's Brexit victory provided new evidence of the power of the populist wave that is sweeping the world. Those who are worried about the nationalist, tribalist, intolerant tone behind the Brexit campaign and the growing ranks of populist leaders around the world should be asking: is there a way to stop this wave?
Arguing that Bernie Sanders has come a long way from a year ago has turned into something of an obvious cliche. But it happens to be the truth: when Sanders announced his candidacy in a hastily assembled press conference on Capitol Hill, the political press corps that was just beginning to cover the presidential race considered him to be a long-shot at best.
After six election cycles working for a variety of political candidates running for everything from state senate all the way up to President of the United States, I made a switch, and today 100 percent of my clients are nonprofit organizations. One may think candidate fundraising is completely different from charitable fundraising, but there are lessons to be learned across verticals.
The American primary system for the nomination of presidential and congressional candidates, a system never mentioned in the constitution, has allowed populist anger to be exploited into a veto on foreign policy. Primaries, as they have evolved with the assistance of social media, have become an exercise that grants extraordinary electoral power to the dissatisfied and to the extremes.
The fall is my favourite season. The weather cools down and the baseball season heats up (have you seen the Toronto Blue Jays lately...). And for me since 2009 it also means charity: water's September campaign. As a known and unabashed admirer of Scott, his team and their work, I always look forward to seeing what they will do with their September campaign.
There is no doubt in our minds that we would not be where we are today if so many organizations hadn't decided to put aside proprietary rules and treat each other not as competitors for donors, credit, or a scoop but rather as partners in a single mission--one that we could only win by working together.