Questions and Innovation

A couple of days ago Mike Lux had a post up at Open Left about the need for new ideas in progressive politics.  This paragraph in particular struck me.

What this Party, and the entire progressive movement, need in terms of their tactics is diversification, creativity and innovation. The consultants who sell campaigns and organizations the same old hackneyed ideas over and over and over again ought to be drummed out of the business, but it's really not their fault, because if there is a buyer in the marketplace for this kind of crap, there will always be a seller. Organization leaders and candidates need to take the responsibility for going along with these same old tactics, and at least try- please, try- to be just a little bit more creative.

The truth is that this way of thinking isn't limited to politics.  I've lost count of the number of times people have justified continuing a failed practice to me by saying "but that's the way we've always done things." The same kind of stagnation routinely occurs in companies, nonprofits, and community groups.  

I'd love to hear your thoughts on this.  How can campaigns and progressive organizations become more innovative?  And how can we in the netroots encourage those efforts?  

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Florida Netroots Conference

The bloggers and activists who make up the Florida Netroots are having their own conference at the Florida Democratic Party Convention on Saturday October 27.  Please help us make this event a success by donating via Actblue.  Check out our schedule:

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8 Reasons to Support the Florida Netroots

Not happy with the state of Florida right now?  Neither are the Florida Netroots - a network of online activists and bloggers who are working on building up the Democratic Party all across the state. Think of it as our 67 county strategy.  We believe Florida will shift Democratic, but in order to do so its going to need a little push. We're willing to give it a shove, but we need your help. Here's 8 reasons to support the Florida Netroots:

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What is a Political Blog?

The subject of women and participation on political blogs has come up again, this time in an NYT column penned by Katharine Q. Seelye. 

Most of the column is spent presenting the opinions of readers and experts on why women don't participate on political blogs.  The problem is that Seelye never attempts to define what a political blog is.    Are Feministing and Pandagon political blogs?  What about a site where the author writes both about politics and family life such as  Half Changed World?  I would argue that they are, but I have a feeling that the NYT would not.  Reading the column I was left with the impression that a political blog is any site where women commenters are in the minority regardless of content.

Seelye correctly points out that women bloggers don't get the same attention in the media that our male counterparts do, referring to the coverage of (and attention from Presidential candidates) of the BlogHer convention vs YearlyKos.  But she never analyzes that lack of media attention or acknowledges her own role in it.

I have more questions than answers about this:  What is a political blog?  Is the MSM using a narrow definition that purposely leaves women out?  Is this a manufactured controversy or a real problem?  And if it is a genuine problem, why does the discussion feel so sexist?

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Bring Matt Stoller to the Florida Democratic Party Convention

Cross-posted from Florida Netroots

Once upon a time, not so long ago, a novice political blogger opened up her big fat, um, keyboard and suggested that there be a blogger panel at the Florida Democratic Party Convention.

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