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Want to save liberalism? Fix government.

This is not a post-election think piece. Lord knows we have enough of those already. It is not a To-Do List for the Brokenhearted. It’s not an assessment of blame, a hope-in-a-dark-place mantra, or a rallying cry. This is just a statement of fact — a fact I believe sits at the heart of Tuesday’s election outcome — followed […]

Livestreaming for fun and profit

In late March, I presented to about 150 attendees of the HighEdWeb New England conference at Mt. Holyoke College. My topic: how to plan and run an effective livestream fundraising event. This is something we’ve had a chance to do at Bates for the last two years, and it’s been very successful for us. It […]

Why I caucused for Hillary (while all my friends felt the Bern)

The Bowdoinham Democratic caucus was a great place to be on Sunday. Excellent turnout and engaging discussions about the issues, all buoyed by the general ebullience that comes from having a choice between two strong candidates. This was my first caucus. If I learned one thing from the experience, it was this: be sure you’re […]

The remarkable listening gear of David Cohen

David Cohen, a storied activist and leader on campaigns for social and economic justice, passed away at the end of last year. Between 2005 and 2007, David and I worked together at Experience Corps in Washington, DC. We shared an office for a brief time. At one point, I recall showing him the keyboard shortcuts […]

Anatomy of a social media marketing moment (or, “That time Bates was on The Simpsons”)

A couple weeks ago, Bates College was on The Simpsons. I found out on a Sunday evening via Facebook, where a friend mentioned he had just seen the show poking fun at Bates. Next, I checked Yik Yak, where some of our students were talking about seeing it as well. Because Simpsons episodes and clips […]

“Writing, at its best, is a lonely life”

Ernest Hemingway’s 1954 Nobel Prize acceptance speech is a succinct and enjoyable read. My favorite part is maybe the most inscrutable: Things may not be immediately discernible in what a man writes, and in this sometimes he is fortunate; but eventually they are quite clear and by these and the degree of alchemy that he […]

#PrayForParis and the Demonization of Online Empathy

Watching a tragedy unfold from the other side of the world can at once be deeply moving and terribly frustrating. It can be hard to know what to do, how to react. Even if the events have no tangible, concrete effect on your day-to-day life, the urge to express empathy with the victims can be […]