1. Be Bad Ass:
It’s the 21st fucking century for godsake and we got some cool ass organizing methods out there, especially when combined with technology and artwork. Lets do it! Take no prisoners! The Pirate Party in Iceland is a hit with young people, a demographic that in mass did not turn out to vote this 2016 election cycle in the US. With knowing little more beyond that the Pirate Party crowd sourced their constitution and caused their prime minsters resignation, their branding reads that they are pirate bad asses. Why cant the Green Party be bad ass? Are we the square party? No we are the Green Party!
Imagine a party filled with crazy awesome ways to be involved and empowered, powerful support structures for members to make amazing change in their communities, abundance of soul satisfying revolutionary artwork, and endless amounts down ass people with amazing stories to learn from. Is that the Green Party we have now? Let’s make sure it is the Green Party of the future!
When I interviewed Mimi Soltysik the Presidential Candidate of the Socialist Party USA, I really liked how he described how his campaign sets up their messaging:
“We are definitely considerate with how we package the message. There are about 40 of us who work within the campaign on a daily basis, coming up with ideas, strategies, etc. We all have feelings about what might be an appealing way to message, and those feelings are informed by our experiences.
I think that so many are turned off by traditional campaign approaches to messaging. To me, a message coupled with a photo of the candidate is boring as hell. I’d rather see a piece of artwork. Show the people you give a shit about them, you know?
Now, I know that campaigns might construct messaging on the basis of demographic research.
What about the “I don’t give a shit about electoral politics because electoral politics doesn’t give a shit about me” demographic?”
2. Participatory Democracy:
I think the Green Party can take how Mimi’s campaign structured their decision making for messaging a few steps further, and get input from the whole party, not just 40 people. To do so, the Greens must embrace things like Participatory Democracy and the internet.
Participatory Budgeting, one form of participatory democracy, allows everybody to have a say in how stuff is budgeted, and becomes a very empowering and educational experience, as people must learn the ins and outs of the budgetary needs of their organization. This fosters a healthy organizational pride and resiliency by having people really understand how the organization works and how they are connected to the fruits of their labor towards building the organization.
Furthermore there are web based participatory budgeting methods available today that could make the Green Party have the most accessible, engaging, transparent, and well spent budget of any of the U.S. political parties.
Check out Cobudget.co or Budgetallocator.com for two different takes on Web Based Participatory Budgeting. [Read More…]