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International digital organizer, trainer, writer
Ben Brandzel is the Founder and Director of OPEN (Online Progressive Engagement Network), an alliance of the world's leading national digital campaigning organizations. He's a founding board member and former Senior Campaigner at Avaaz.org. and the Chief Founding Advisor for OPEN member groups 38 Degrees in the UK, Leadnow in Canada, Action Station in New Zealand, Uplift in Ireland. Closer to home, Ben served as the original Advocay Director for MoveOn.org and directed new media campaings and fundraising for President Obama at OFA during the health reform campaign in 2009-10. His writing on digital organizing and transnational movement building has appeared in the American Prospect, The Huffington Post and The Nation, amongst others. Ben currently lives in Bangalore, India.