When I began my internship at EchoDitto in May, I never would have thought a Hackathon could be a good thing. It sounded illicit and dangerous. I pictured a group of hackers getting together and breaking down firewalls to access data. Why would any group plan an event like this?
One of the most gratifying things about doing this work over the last 6 or 7 years has been to watch organizations embrace digital tools.
A couple of reality-check items came up in our reader this week. Those of us who do this work, either on the service or the client end, spend our days living within the confines of our screens.
I have wanted to read "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised", by Joe Trippi, for a while now. Being a Ditto for almost four months, I thought it was time for a few reasons. It's known to be an excellent description of the rebirth of grassroots organizing in the digital empowerment age.
I was invited to join FireDogLake for an online chat with Dave Karpf, author of The MoveOn Effect. This post is an edited version of some of the material I posted at FireDogLake.com.
I love it when our clients do something big. Last week, our client the Orton Family Foundation announced a major new national partnership aimed at strengthening communities and civic involvement across the country.
There is a lot of talk today about the Change.org decision to dump the "union busting" petition started on their site recently.
In the 2006 Preakness Stakes, Barbaro, a horse widely expected to have the best chance at winning the Triple Crown as any horse since Affirmed in 1978, pulled up shortly after the start of the race, hopping on three legs while his right hind dangled uselessly.
As the newest Ditto to the team, I've spent the last two weeks learning a great deal about how things work here at EchoDitto. Tyler recently posted a pretty exhaustive report of the EchoDitto culture, if you want to catch up on that.