Campaign workers of the world unite

Tired of struggling with election software programs that aren't user-friendly, won't speak to each other, or won't print out cleanly? Have a "tech nightmare" to share?

This just popped into my mailbox. I pass it along for your perusal:

Sign the Integration Proclamation

If you work for a progressive organization or campaign, you probably struggle with technology. You probably have multiple databases and tech tools that half-work, but drive you crazy because they don't work together, and do everything you need. You're not alone. Thousands of us have struggled for years with splintered systems that don't get the job done.

If you want the progressive movement to finally have the tools we need to win our campaigns, you should sign The Integration Proclamation. Check it out at, and after you've signed it, send it around to your co-workers, colleagues, allies and anyone else who fights for progressive social change.

Integrated? Seamless? Interoperable? They can't mean Democrats.

From the Integration Proclamation website:

Technology integration, also called "interoperability," means getting one program to seamlessly share data with another program -- ie, getting programs to "talk" to each other. If you're a progressive, you should care, because "dis-integration" is killing us...

The idea for the Proclamation was born on Dec. 2, 2006, at RootsCamp DC, in a two-part session called "Why Does Technology Suck?" aka, "Tech Sux." About 40 progressive vendors, organizers, consultants and campaigners agreed that lack of integration was the #1 problem in the progressive tech world.

Don't know if an online "proclamation" will help, but like chicken soup, it couldn't hurt.



Tough claim for one of the best bloggers in the state to make, my friend.

"Be the change you wish to see in the world." - Gandhi

im not

gonna sign the petition. but seriously, do we need 5 different database programs? And do we need 50 different "campaign manager" programs built off access?

"Keep the Faith"

I am mistrustful of anything that looks like marketing

and this does to me. When I looked up the "whois" on this, it's a private registrant, and that's not enough for me to put my name on something.

But I agree, one database to work off of would be great. I came into the last campaign season very late (March), and missed a lot of training that I could have attended that was offered by the NCDP. It seems to me that the VAN data base has just about what we need. I'm not a luddite, and with access to the VAN, someone in each precinct or group of precinct who had a bit of computer expertise,and enough money to make things happen, I think we could turn our county and our district blue by 2008.

I don't think it would take a new program, I don't think it would take a new system, I think it would take those of us who know how to use data and know how to train others to use data to be the ones who use data - if that makes any sense.

"Be the change you wish to see in the world." - Gandhi