Tag: technology

BernieSandersish — case study

Tell me about the client

Progressive Kick is an organization of pragmatic progressives, dedicated to construction of a society that values the needs/rights/responsibilities of all of its members-from the most powerful to the least. They engage in illuminating the murky and often completely opaque behavior of members of the US Congress on a national and state level.

What was the problem?

There’s not a whole lot of information about down-ballot candidates for elected offices. At their worst your choices on election day include Person A who is the ineffective incumbent and Person B who’s an industry insider coming through the revolving door. At their best, your choices are often Person A from Establishment Party 1 and Person B from Establishment Party 2. Progressive Kick wanted to build a website that would allow Bernie Sanders supporters to find like-minded people running for local offices.

Engage in true electoral reform, get people excited to vote and engaged in the process.

What did we do?

We had pretty intense technology limitations, plus budget and time restrictions. We implemented a customized WordPress theme, used a Google Drive spreadsheet and API to pull content directly from a private spreadsheet. Free software and an easy-to-edit database. Win.

Backbone Campaign — case study

Tell me about the client

The Backbone Campaign uses art to shed light on injustice. In making public art — and teaching others how to make public art — they are systematically building alliances between grassroots groups and promoting the rights of frontline communities and the environment in the wake of corporate corruption and toxic industrial practices. AKA stickin’ it to The Man.

What was the problem?

By early 2015 The Backbone Campaign had reached a breaking point with their technology. They were using one service for email, another for their website, yet another for donations, and another for donor management. Talk about a headache. Not only that, but this small, agile team was spending a lot of time cross-checking information across different platforms that didn’t “talk” to one another and flushing extra cash down the drain by paying each service separately. A classic case of nonprofit admin overload.

What did we do?

Our first step was to check out their systems, a complete audit of their technology and admin budget plus a map of what data lived on what system. The second step was to dig deep into their current needs and future goals. We spent a few days doing some intense facilitated team sessions to dig into the “why” of their work. The third step was to look at potential solutions by doing several days of research. Then we made some hard choices (rock paper scissors) and went with Nationbuilder. Before we wrapped up, we got all of their data plugged into the new system and did a day of training to be sure they could maintain the system themselves.

Since that time, the Backbone Campaign team has set up their public facing website with Nationbuilder. They’re sending consistent emails and managing their volunteers with a more organized system. Recently, they’ve made strides in their Solutionary Rail project — building solidarity with labor and grassroots groups to push for a safe, sustainable, modern rail system that prioritizes the needs of our environment over oil & gas.