Bamboo Grassroots
 

Grassroots Organizing Of The Community, For The Community, By The Community (NOT a "Leader" Cla$$)

Bamboo Grassroots - Community Organizing Founded On Efficiency, Transparency and Accessibility.

WHY WE SHOULD DO IT -
TO WIN WE NEED EFFICIENCY, TRANSPARENCY, ACCESSIBILITY.

To win political organizations need to be effective, which means we need Efficiency, Transparency, and Accessibility in our grassroots campaigns.  In 3 of the above web pages, "Basic Web Needs", "Meetings Agendas Resolutions" and "Event Planning and Calendar", I detail suggestions to accomplish these goals.  On this page I try to explain why I have put the ideas on the above pages together.   

Winning political campaigns need winning messages, great messengers, and efficient organization to deliver the messages and messenger through the strategy and tactics.  For Democrats to be effective in their grassroots organizations, they need to recognize that organizing Democrats is like organizing cats. Being like cats can be our strength, and it is our weakness.  

Being like cats is our weakness when we try to create top down pyramid organizations which ape the Republican Party big business model.  Over time, democrats don’t respond well to being ordered around. Bill Bradley wrote an excellent analysis of Democrat Party problems, “A Party Inverted”, on 30 March 2005 in the New York Times.   http://www.nytimes.com/2005/03/30/opinion/30bradley.html?  At the end, he said we need to start building our own pyramid of organization to counter the Republicans.  

HOW WE SHOULD DO IT -

While I like Bradley, I think the independent streak of Democrats requires that we build structures like bamboo scaffolding instead of some stone pyramid.  Bamboo has some excellent qualities: it is strong, resilient, fast to put up, fast to take down, fast to move, and with a transparent and accessible structure so everyone can see what is going on. With everyone being able to see what is going on, bamboo organizations allow citizens to participate in the political community when they want and how they want.  One of the greatest causes of organizational inefficiencies are information black holes, hence the need for transparency and accessibility.  

WHY WE HAVE TO DO IT - THE REAL REALITY  

My ideas of what is necessary are based on over 40 years of watching politics, from Kent State, to Nixon not being a crook,  to Proposition 13 in 1978 to its twin in Massachusetts of Prop 2 ½, to Raygun, to the Dems losing the Senate in 1986, to Dukakis blowing a huge lead after Labor Day 1988, to Clinton beating a war President, to the right killing Hillary Care, to the stasis of the 90’s, to Gore, Dean, and Kerry.  Sometimes I have been a grunt in assorted campaigns, I have never been a big wig.

I have watched so many Democrat election debacles.  Plenty of credit belongs to the message wizards Ailes, Atewater and Roves, and plenty of blame belongs to Democrat last minute command and control inept and inefficient  "grassroots" campaigns.   

Too much volunteer work is wasted on organizational wheel spinning because it is too hard for anyone and everyone to find out what is going on, when it is going on, where it is going on, who else it is going on with, and how is what is going to get done.  

It is difficult to organize who with what with when with how with where under ideal circumstances.  It is even more difficult to accomplish when procedures are NOT transparent and NOT accessible.  Technology, skill, and petty politics all contribute to the lack of transparency and accessibility, and TOO often it is the petty politics which mis use skills, waste technology, waste volunteer time

AND LEAVE US LOSING ELECTIONS AND VOLUNTEER PARTICIPATION.
WHY WE SHOULD DO IT -
TO WIN WE NEED EFFICIENCY, TRANSPARENCY, ACCESSIBILITY.

To win political organizations need to be effective, which means we need Efficiency, Transparency, and Accessibility in our grassroots campaigns.  In 3 of the above web pages, "Basic Web Needs", "Meetings Agendas Resolutions" and "Event Planning and Calendar", I detail suggestions to accomplish these goals.  On this page I try to explain why I have put the ideas on the above pages together.   

Winning political campaigns need winning messages, great messengers, and efficient organization to deliver the messages and messenger through the strategy and tactics.  For Democrats to be effective in their grassroots organizations, they need to recognize that organizing Democrats is like organizing cats. Being like cats can be our strength, and it is our weakness.  

Being like cats is our weakness when we try to create top down pyramid organizations which ape the Republican Party big business model.  Over time, democrats don’t respond well to being ordered around. Bill Bradley wrote an excellent analysis of Democrat Party problems, “A Party Inverted”, on 30 March 2005 in the New York Times.   http://www.nytimes.com/2005/03/30/opinion/30bradley.html?  At the end, he said we need to start building our own pyramid of organization to counter the Republicans.  

HOW WE SHOULD DO IT -

While I like Bradley, I think the independent streak of Democrats requires that we build structures like bamboo scaffolding instead of some stone pyramid.  Bamboo has some excellent qualities: it is strong, resilient, fast to put up, fast to take down, fast to move, and with a transparent and accessible structure so everyone can see what is going on. With everyone being able to see what is going on, bamboo organizations allow citizens to participate in the political community when they want and how they want.  One of the greatest causes of organizational inefficiencies are information black holes, hence the need for transparency and accessibility.  

WHY WE HAVE TO DO IT - THE REAL REALITY  

My ideas of what is necessary are based on over 40 years of watching politics, from Kent State, to Nixon not being a crook,  to Proposition 13 in 1978 to its twin in Massachusetts of Prop 2 ½, to Raygun, to the Dems losing the Senate in 1986, to Dukakis blowing a huge lead after Labor Day 1988, to Clinton beating a war President, to the right killing Hillary Care, to the stasis of the 90’s, to Gore, Dean, and Kerry.  Sometimes I have been a grunt in assorted campaigns, I have never been a big wig.

I have watched so many Democrat election debacles.  Plenty of credit belongs to the message wizards Ailes, Atewater and Roves, and plenty of blame belongs to Democrat last minute command and control inept and inefficient  "grassroots" campaigns.   

Too much volunteer work is wasted on organizational wheel spinning because it is too hard for anyone and everyone to find out what is going on, when it is going on, where it is going on, who else it is going on with, and how is what is going to get done.  

It is difficult to organize who with what with when with how with where under ideal circumstances.  It is even more difficult to accomplish when procedures are NOT transparent and NOT accessible.  Technology, skill, and petty politics all contribute to the lack of transparency and accessibility, and TOO often it is the petty politics which mis use skills, waste technology, waste volunteer time

AND LEAVE US LOSING ELECTIONS AND VOLUNTEER PARTICIPATION.

WHY WE SHOULD DO IT -
TO WIN WE NEED EFFICIENCY, TRANSPARENCY, ACCESSIBILITY.

 

To win political organizations need to be effective. To be effective we need efficiency, transparency, and accessibility in our grassroots campaigns.  In the pages, "Open Efficient Meetings", "Organizing Efficiently" I provide detailed suggestions to accomplish these goals. 

 

On this page I try to explain why I have put these ideas together.  

 

Winning political campaigns need winning messages, great messengers, good tactics and good strategy to deliver the messages.  For democratic organizations to be effective in their grassroots organizations, they need to recognize that organizing critical thinkers is like organizing cats.  

 

Being like cats is our weakness when we try to create top down pyramid "grassroots" organizations which ape the Republican Party big business model.  Over time, free thinkers don’t respond well to being ordered around.  Bill Bradley wrote an excellent analysis of Democrat Party problems, “A Party Inverted”, on 30 March 2005 in the New York Times.   http://www.nytimes.com/2005/03/30/opinion/30bradley.html?  At the end, he said we need to start building our own pyramid of organizations to counter the Republicans.


NO ONE should be dependent on some phone call, or email, or meeting, or Big Wig to know the WHAT, WHERE, HOW, WHEN and WHO of participating - it should be online. 

 

HOW WE SHOULD DO IT -

 

While I like Bradley, I think the independent streak of critical thinking community members requires that we build structures like bamboo scaffolding, instead of organizational structures like some stone pyramid.  Bamboo has some excellent qualities: it is strong, resilient, fast to put up, fast to take down, fast to move. It has a transparent and accessible structure, so everyone can see what is going on. With everyone being able to see what is going on, bamboo organizations could allow citizens, such as Democratic cats and union members, to participate in the political community when they want and how they want. 


Political organizations which claim to represent the bottom 99% should provide ONLINE sites for people to self organize. The teacher's unions, the Democratic Party - they should have an organizing site which is like Google - EVERYONE should know to go to this organizing site to work with other community members to find out:


WHAT to do: phone bank, or letter write, or leaflet, or protest, or rah rah sign wave at public events


WHERE to do WHAT.


WHEN to do WHAT.


WHO is doing WHAT.


HOW WHO is doing WHAT.


NO ONE should be dependent on some phone call, or email, or meeting, or Big Wig to know the WHAT, WHERE, HOW, WHEN and WHO of participating - it should be online. 


WHY WE HAVE TO DO IT - THE REAL REALITY 

 

I have watched and been a small part of so many Democrat election debacles.  Plenty of credit for the debacles belongs to the message wizards Ailes, Atewater and Roves. Lots of blame belongs to Democratic last minute command and control inept and inefficient  "grassroots" campaigns.  


Some of the greatest obstacles to sustained political participation by community members are the organizational inefficiencies caused by the inability to know what is happening, where it is happening, who is doing it, how they'll do it, when they'll do it.  These inefficiencies are information black holes which cause frustration, and loss of participation. The inefficiencies are typically caused by campaign Big Wigs fighting to make Big Wig names for themselves. 


IF the processes were open  - on the web -  the processes would not only be transparent and accessible, they'd be less susceptible to the machinations of the Big Wigs. 


Too much volunteer work is wasted on organizational wheel spinning because it is too hard for anyone and everyone to find out what is going on, when it is going on, where it is going on, who else it is going on with, and how is what is going to get done. 


It is difficult to organize who with what, with when, with how, with where under ideal circumstances.  It is even more difficult to accomplish when procedures are NOT transparent and NOT accessible.  Technology, skill, and petty politics all contribute to the lack of transparency and accessibility, and TOO often it is the petty politics of competing Big Wigs which mis use skills, waste technology and waste volunteer time.


My ideas of what is necessary are based on over 40 years of watching politics and being part of politics.  From Kent State, to Nixon not being a crook,  to Proposition 13 in 1978 to its twin in Massachusetts of Prop 2 ½, to Raygun, to the Dems losing the Senate in 1986, to Dukakis blowing a huge lead after Labor Day 1988, to Clinton beating a war President, to the right killing Hillary Care, to the stasis of the 90’s, to Gore, Dean, and Kerry, to Obama taking Obama For America from a real grassroots effort to an out of DC sham, I've watched or participated in 1 losing fiasco after another.  When I've participated in campaigns, I have been a grunt getting tossed from crises to crises by the fueding Big Wigs trying to make a name for themselves.

  

LACK OF TRANSPARENCY AND ACCESSIBILITY LEAVE US LOSING ELECTIONS AND LOSING CITIZEN PARTICIPATION.


Updated on Mon. 2 Jan. 2012.