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Karen Showalter

Five Steps to Building Great Campaigns that Change the World

If you’re reading this, you’re probably interested in doing something big. Maybe getting a recycling program going at your school. Or getting involved in national-level debates around food assistance. Bravo – we need it all. A campaign is a set of actions that escalate towards an end goal. Campaigns can …

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Thoughts on Making the Most of the New Year

There’s something inherently refreshing about a new year. It’s a chance to clear out old baggage. Projects that just didn’t work out. Ideas that weren’t meant to be. Classes, jobs or relationships that have worn their course. And while it might take some time to fill those voids with new …

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Tips for Building a Strong Youth Movement – Reflections from Rootscamp!

A couple of us checked out RootsCamp last weekend – the annual new-media-organizing-networking fest put on by the New Organizing Institute. Rootscamp’s “unconference” approach lets participants propose and lead sessions; with about 2500 participants, many of whom were hot off the presidential campaign trail, you can imagine how many conversations …

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Thoughts on Community Building: Seeding, Weeding and Cultivating

Yes, obviously I garden. A lot. I mean hours a day during the season. And it was about 70 degrees today, so clearly I have spring on the mind. But these are great metaphors for some of the most important work we’re doing building this member-driven community. We constantly need …

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How We Do: Thoughts on a Virtual, Volunteer Network

As many of you know, earlier this year AIDemocracy relaunched as a youth-led, virtual, volunteer network. We’re also funded in large part off of our own paid programs (a fact we’re particularly proud of). While this move made tons of sense for us for many reasons, not the least of …

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What’s at Stake with the Super Committee? Everything, says Bread for the World

Bread for the World does a great job outlining the role and implications of the Super Committee, which will propose over $1 trillion in budget cuts by the end of the year, many of which could directly affect funding to fight global poverty. Just as a household budget can become …

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Occupying Wall Street: vocalizing the frustrations of our generation

The “Occupy Wall Street” movement jolts us into important debate around our financial system, the fate of our generation, and how young people should be using our voice to demand change. Whether or not you agree with the goals of the group, the very act of standing up and speaking …

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