Campaigns

“Credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena…”

–Theodore Roosevelt

Inspiration and innovation will be flying thick and fast in CP, but the last thing we want to be is all beret, no change.  So we’ll be continually asking you what ideas you’ve heard in the blog community that you think are most worth making reality, starting now.  Every quarter, we’ll be pulling together the top nominations, asking you to pick one for us to pursue as a community, and this space will be where we work together to get the ideal and real to switch places.

At the same time, we know there are already a lot of other great, creative ideas riding the high seas, with great organizations behind them, and we’re determined, with your help, to identify those that are most in sync with our values, to give those causes and groups a portion of any support we’re fortunate enough to receive.  Again, starting right here, right now.  And in these existential times, we’re always open to–and will be mounting ourselves–any number of campaigns with no policy goals at all, dedicated, for example, simply to beating Donald Trump, and beating him so badly that his own recourse is a plea bargain.

Think this is just so much durum flung into the stratosphere? Think again.

Going High

Greetings
We’ve just gone through the most divisive election in our nation’s history, and we need to come together, fast. As always, when challenges are at their greatest, we, the people, are the ones who need to address them, not the politicos.  In the Greetings campaign, we’re creating cards, stickers, buttons, and more that we believe will help bind up the wounds both “sides” have experienced over the past four decades.  Our hope is that you’ll join us in casting bread on the waters and, better yet, give us ideas on more “collateral repair” to create…

Bill Of The Day
When we began this campaign, the current occupant of the White House was gearing up to run against the “do-nothing” Congress in the 2020 election.  But the House had actually passed more than 400 bills that had never been taken up by the Republican Senate.  Because 400+ unpassed bills is, to paraphrase Papa Joe, a statistic, we decided that every day, we’d be posting a brief summary of one of these bills on social media, with a link to the full list of summaries to date, suitable for distribution to friends and colleagues.  Once we got into it, though, especially when the pandemic rifled through government as we knew it, we realized we were really doing something else, something better and more inspiring: illuminating what government should be and could be again…

Going Low

Brand Awareness
As we all know, there’s nothing Donald Trump loves more than to put his name on things.  In the spirit of bipartisanship, we’ve decided to help, and so can you, by printing out and affixing one of the many stickers & labels we’ve created (and are still creating, with your help) to every last person, place, or thing that really should be a Trump brand extension after the last four years, not just for the election, but for the relentless war of intimidation, propaganda, and sabotage we have ahead of us, in which we, the people, will need to continually remind our fellow citizens of the bad old days and that we, the people, the majority, have not forgotten …

Just Say No
For many Americans, Donald Trump has been an addictive toxin that threatens to destroy our democracy–and those are just the people who like him.  For the rest of us, it’s time for an intervention, a restoration of reality everywhere, for a 24/7 show of force across America from now through the election until however long it takes to get him out of our system.  It’s time to just say no, in a way that combines the newest of the new and the oldest of the old in politics…

Loyalty Test
It’s reached a point with Donald Trump and his alarming combination of authoritarianism and divisiveness where we need to reach out to our friends and neighbors who still support him, not to try to persuade them not to, but to work together to find common ground where he’s concerned, to come to agreement that there are things he could do that would compel them to walk away, because we will need that consensus among us so that we can unite again after he’s gone, or unite against him if and when he does the truly unthinkable (and he gets closer every day).  Based on our own experience talking with his supporters (we live deep in Trump country), we’ve created a guide you can use for those discussions…

Conspiracy4Conspiracy
After three+ years of government by conspiracy theory, aka the Deep Hate, we’ve decided it’s time to fight fire with fire and start “flooding the zone” the way they do, with a focus on the most target-rich environment: Trump’s response to the COVID epidemic.  We’ve constructed more than twenty theories about why he did what he did, any one of which should be disqualifying, each and all of them more plausible and fact-based than all the right-wing theories we’ve heard over the last four years combined.  It’s a diabolic puzzle we’re adding to all the time, a rotting fruit ever ready to burst open and be cast on the political waters whenever/wherever you please–or any time you need to stop Trumpist conspiracists dead in their tracks as they realize you’ve seen their conspiracy and raised it all-in.  Sadly, it looks like we’ll need to be deploying this intellectual rat poison in roach bomb concentrations for at least the next four years to disinfect our nation’s political dialogue…

 

CP founders were responsible for assembling a who’s who of media, technology, education, political, business, and other organizations to create AOL’s top content channels when most Americans didn’t even know what a modem was yet.  We’ve rinsed and repeated this kind of new media coalition-building (far more effective and lasting than anything “viral”) many times over the years since, most recently behind the cause of connected education, where we pulled together more than 1,000 major education organizations and companies for a month-long online event that mushroomed into a year-round movement, promoted and discussed at more than 6,000,000 online locations, reaching 15-17 million educator and education supporters around the world daily via Twitter alone.

Along the way, we literally wrote the book on online community building, followed by seminal, defining research on online influencers (we coined the term), who they are, why they’re important, what they want, and how to get–and keep–them behind your cause.

“Each time a man stands up to injustice…” The last great campaigner to bridge the great divide the way we hope to, leaving Donald Trump far, far in the rear view, ideally in the supermax where he belongs for his lifetime body of work…