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The power of face-to-face

Last week I attended a house meeting for people to volunteer with a political campaign, and I re-discovered the power of face-to-face interactions.

I’ve been considering volunteering for this campaign for a while. I even texted the campaign to learn how I could get involved. But somehow I never got around to actually volunteering.

But then I found myself in someone’s living room talking about the campaign, its volnteer needs, and the ways people like me can get involved.

I now have a plan for volunteering.

And to be honest, I’m not sure I would have done it if I had gotten a text back. I’m not sure I would have done it if the person hosting the house meeting had emailed me a list of ways I could get involved.

I needed that face-to-face, person-to-person contact.

That’s why even with all the new technological innovations, as wonderful as they are, personal relationships built through personal contact remain the baseline for community organizing.

No email blast, not fancy text messaging system, and no robo-call campaign can take the place of face-to-face.

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#1 TeacherPatti on 09.15.08 at 11:17 am

Agreed. I was just thinking about college the other day, and how we did everything without email (circa 1990-1994). My friend and I were wondering how we got such great participation at the events that we organized. And it was simple…we saw people on campus and reminded them, sent notes via campus mail and saw folks at the monthly meetings.
Granted, that would be harder in a city of 90,000 vs. a small town college of 1,500, but still….

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