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Re: “People Power

Thought-provoking article. Nice work, Thad & Amy.

"What hasn't happened is a true revitalization of grass-roots activism — the formation and sustenance of coalitions and organizations representing broad interests that have the capacity to seriously influence public officials and local policy...

Some will argue that the decline of slate-making political groups organized along racial lines represents a form of progress, but these groups have neither rejuvenated themselves nor been replaced by multiracial civic organizations. Such organizations are sorely needed — to educate and engage residents, to hold public officials accountable and to help shape the local and regional agenda."

In the article below, Malcolm Gladwell makes some keen observations on the distinctions and benefits of 'strong-tie phenomena' (as witnessed in the Civil Rights Movement) and 'weak ties' (that comprise the platform of social media).

Something to consider: What steps would the the '20' (the 20 people who accept the monitoring coalition challenge) take to build the 'strong ties' necessary to sustain the endeavor through rough patches on the road to making a laudable civic contribution to our community? I think such a coalition would struggle to make it absent connected, honest relations... and those personal bonds are not developed if communications are conducted predominantly online (emails, Facebook posts, tweets...) by people who've just met, never worked together, or who are mere acquaintances.


Posted by JT on 07/17/2011 at 8:38 PM

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