Wednesday, September 08, 2004

Replace membership organizations with advocacy networks

I tend to dislike rants. They often talk about what is wrong with a current system -- helpful -- but rarely take on the vision of what can replace it. This rant, WorldChanging: Another World Is Here: Members Unite! You have nothing to lose but your newsletters and crappy coffee-cup premiums..., at WorldChanging is different. While slamming the way many NGOs use their members (as a pool for small donations), Alex Steffen talks about what is possible with tools and a changing model: "For groups willing to learn how to collaborate on the fly, and work from a campaign-centric model, advocacy networks will be transformative."