Recently, I’ve been on many mailing lists bewailing the results of the November election. There are discussions about how to reform the Democratic Party. Should Howard Dean become the DNC Chair? Should people leave and start a new centrist party or a new progressive party? Fighting between Democrats is rampant on the mailing lists, all as everyone searches for new messages, new ways to frame messages, and new voices to deliver the messages.
On a mailing list for Meetup hosts, people questioned if Meetup had outlived its purpose, if it was a good system to use anyway, and if Meetups were effective tools for organizing and for helping get people to move from being “transients” to being “Do-ers”.