So you want to change the world? Starting an advocacy campaign can be a lot of work, but it’s absolutely worth it when you get to look back on all the good you’ve done in the world.
Over the last 18 years, we've watched small organizations like Moveon.org (1998) and Black Lives Matter (2013) grow into massive movements in response to injustice. The historic 2008 U.S. presidential campaign also spurred a massive movement. And further spurred development of new organizing, marketing strategies, and fundraising tools to help elect President Obama.
Now we're seeing another organizing surge in response to the election of Donald Trump. The new movements and associated tools aren't just having a positive impact on helping people channel their frustration to #resist his awful policies, they are also having an impact on inspiring people to become first-time donors. According to a recent national survey by Lincoln Park Strategies, 10% of Americans have become “New Reality Donors” (have given to a new charity or shifted their donation habits since November).
Town Hall Project empowers constituents across the country to have face-to-face conversations with their elected representatives. The website contains a comprehensive list of public meetings for members of Congress that constituents can easily access.
WeCanResist.It quickly turns Trumps tweets into donations for social justice organizations such as Black Lives Matter, Clean Water Action, National Organization for Women, 350.org, National Center for Transgender Equality, Voto Latino, and more. Think of it like America’s swear jar. But, like, for fascist ideology. Full disclosure I helped launch this web app.
NTEN's #17NTC kicks off Thursday, March 23rd in Washington, DC. This is one of my favorite nptech conferences as it's always packed with three days of insightful panels and, of course, fun events like the annual #NTCBeer gathering and dance parties like the 80s Dance Party I'm co-hosting on Friday night.
I’m a millennial in my early 20s. This admission requires me to embrace certain stereotypes. I’m aware of what many people think when they hear the word Millennial: a coffee drinking, gluten “intolerant,” smartphone obsessed, young person who often seems entitled. I’ll happily lean into many of these stereotypes—while writing this article, I stopped to take a Buzzfeed quiz titled, “What % Millennial Stereotype Are You.” 69 percent, as it turns out. So, yes, I’ll admit there’s some truth to certain negative beliefs about Millennials, however, there’s one stereotype I simply won’t cop to—Millennials are selfish. My generation is more than a collection of self-absorbed, and tech-obsessed young people, and the research proves it.
Snapchat is a messaging app that has become increasingly popular with Generation Z, Millennials and Gen Xers and, while 92% of NGOs worldwide have a Facebook page, most organizations are still not taking advantage of Snapchat.