The cross pollination of technology philosophies and advocacy strategy continues to intrigue me. The ABCNEWS.com : Silicon Insider: Little Guys Can Win article caught my attention.
It has strong ties to the current wave of evaluation aimed at advocacy strategy. There are small dedicated bands of activists that want to abandon the large organizations and "unwrap" the function of advocacy from the "organizational housings" that have been constructed to compete for dominance of the body politic. Return political power back to the individuals away from centralized special interest. Hmmm. It is not new in advocacy nor technology.
The environmental movement counts 14 million members among the top 20 organizations and has created organizations that boast millions in annual operations. How much bigger do we think we need to build these organizations before we achieve significant mainstream acceptance among both parties? Even at 1999-2000 levels (higher than today) anti-environmental ideas and agendas are fully embrace are shooting through the Republican and Conservative Democrat circles unopposed.
Michael S. Malone talks about the effects decentralization will have on technology "new killer product or application we've all been praying for to revitalize high tech. A lot of interesting new companies. The death of some giant corporations. Cool new consumer products." The decentralization of advocacy away from NRA , political parties, and nonprofit organizations will breath new life into our lackluster models of engaging people. It will kill off giants (NGO's die less gracefully than private sector) and help more revolutionary organizing models "break thru" to exert their voice.
We need to build the movement by "seeding" lots of voices with the tools they need to be the progressive herd. Each participant with the ability to run and stampede rather than the focused walk of the large elephant.