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Netroots Activism

Myriad Movements, Not Quite a Movement

Robert Kuttner | Posted 08.23.2013 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

I spent the last couple of days at Netroots Nation, and it was one impressive gathering. Netroots is highly professional in how it's organized and wonderfully amateur in its inclusiveness. Most of this year's attendees were first-timers, including me. As a veteran of a different generation whose progressive and journalistic life winds back to the antiwar and civil rights movements of the 1960s and Pacifica Radio in its heyday, I felt both like an anthropologist exploring a whole other era and culture of activism and like a grandfather encouraged that the kids are carrying it on, in antic and ingenious ways that my generation couldn't have imagined. I'll take Netroots over Yippies and Weathermen any day. What I observed was lots of amazingly creative, funny, principled, affirming, joyous people, mostly young, and lots of movements making a difference. And yet the movements don't quite aggregate to a Movement.

Power to the People: Rebooting Conventional Diplomacy

Cheryl Benard and Edward O'Connell | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Cheryl Benard and Edward O'Connell

Identifying, promoting, and networking a transnational network of countervailing voices will require some of America's best diplomats: citizen diplomats from the ranks of the US public.