A post from Personal Democracy Forum in NYC, where I'm live-Tumblring on the official Civic Tumblr.
"This work is hard. If it were easy, it would be done already."
-Micah Sifry, asking the PdF community to take care of one another
Taren Stinebrickner-Kauffman runs SumofUs.org, and is Aaron Swartz's bereaved partner.
You know nothing,
Jon Snow campaigners
How do you know when you're changing the world (a component of how DO you change the world?)
Taren says that organizers empower other people to create change, while campaigners set their sites on a specific change and go about creating that change, whether that involves empowering other communities, or drinks with a Senator's nephew.
This is a room full of campaigners. Taren challenges us to temporarily suspendthe assumption that we're accomplishing anything