Organizing for America

A special report: “Year One of Organizing for America: The Permanent Field Campaign in a Digital Age” (PDF at; the writeup at

“January 14, 2010 — Today we are publishing a techPresident special report on the first year of Organizing for America (OFA), drawing on new interviews with congressional staff in both parties, former Obama campaign staff, and 70 activists from the OFA grassroots. This report — the most comprehensive review of OFA’s work to date — is authored by The Nation’s Ari Melber”

“Organizing For America’s First Year” at” includes video of Ari Melber appears on MSNBC to discuss the one-year anniversary of “Organizing for America.”

see also “Cool innovations from government“, a variety of links collected by Craig Calhoun (SSRC) in the blog:

  • Remaking America: Public Institutions and the Public Good.
  • The first chapter from The Politics of Happiness: What Government Can Learn from the New Research on Well-Being by Derek Bok.
  • From National Affairs, Jim Manzi on keeping America’s edge (and more and more and more).
  • How to make America more innovative: Give scientists more incentives to innovate.
  • For eight years, Republicans politicized science or ignored it — can Obama stop the War on Science? An article on 10 (potentially) cool innovations from government.
  • From Governing, the millennial in the cubicle: A new generation of workers expects unfettered access to technology tools — they may end up changing the way governments operate; and an article on wi-fi and social justice.
  • Push Comes to .GOV: How federal agencies learned to stop worrying and love Web 2.0.
  • A review of The Department of Mad Scientists: How DARPA Is Remaking Our World, from the Internet to Artificial Limbs by Michael Belfiore.
  • Bullet trains for America: The Obama administration has revived the dream of building high-speed rail lines to rival those of Japan and Europe, but the tracks are littered with political and financial obstacles.
  • A trainspotter’s guide to the future of the world: America’s preference for highways and airports over modern rail transportation will make the country increasingly look so 20th-century.
  • Here are seven ways to fix the U.S. Postal Service.
  • Here are five reasons why libertarians shouldn’t hate government.
  • Paul Light on the real crisis in government: The federal government can no longer guarantee the faithful execution of our laws
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    2 Responses to Organizing for America

    1. 4854derrida says:


      I’ve just uploaded two rare interviews with the Catholic activist Dorothy Day. One was made for the Christophers [1971]–i.e., Christopher Closeup– and the other for WCVB-TV Boston [1974].

      Day had begun her service to the poor in New York City during the Depression with Peter Maurin, and it continued until her death in 1980. Their dedication to administering to the homeless, elderly, and disenfranchised continues with Catholic Worker homes in many parts of the world.

      Please post or announce the availability of these videos for those who may be interested in hearing this remarkable lay minister.

      They may be located here:

      Thank you

      Dean Taylor

    2. bentrem says:

      @Dean – Thanks for this. Learning of Day’s life (and a couple of people like her in Europes) as a young man was a very formative experience.


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