If you are a Democratic or Progressive organization, this article is about why your technology platform should align with your mission.
Just days after Donald Trump was elected president, NationBuilder created a lot of anger and disgust in the progressive community by celebrating Mr. Trump’s victory and taking some portion of credit as his technology platform. This shocked many on the left. It wasn’t shocking so much for its truthfulness as much as its blatant disregard for the purpose and passion of a good portion of their clients’ -- the clients that dedicate themselves to progressive politics.
People who work for progressive causes do so to try make the world a better place. We fight for equality of every stripe, tolerance of every person, and a thousand causes rooted in fairness. It’s a common refrain and one used by President Obama -- that politics is a battle over ideas -- and whether you’re a grassroots organizer, a volunteer, a consultant, a campaign pro, or a candidate; you are the one out there fighting this battle on the front lines.
As technology providers who chose to participate in this field, we are a part of that battle too. While we may not be on the front lines, we are not abstracted from this battle by declaring ourselves as separate from the fight. We are partners to the people that fight on the front lines. We build tools to help you in your fight.
We are just now at the beginning of technology adoption in political campaigns. As we progress farther down this road, technology is going to help us be much smarter about how we execute our campaigns. No one knows exactly where campaign technology will go or how far will we be able to take it for electoral advantage. What we're pretty sure of though is that it’s going to an indispensable part of winning a campaign. And we're also pretty sure that partnering with a tech platform that does not share your mission is not going to be the long term path to winning the progressive battles that have to be won.
Blue Utopia’s mission is to help build the success of the progressive community. We make powerful, easy-to-use and affordable technology for Democratic campaigns and Progressive causes at every level. We work with our partners to make sure that we’re building the tools that make them better.
If you are a progressive organization currently using NationBuilder , then we want to help you get off that platform. To start, bring us your NationBuilder contract. We will migrate you for free. In addition, if you’re stuck in a NationBuilder contact and can’t get out, we will waive your monthly fee until your NationBuilder term is up. You can view more details and get in touch here.
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