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Why We Train

270 Strategies | July 11, 2014



Vice President of Training & Development Kate Catherall on what we can all learn from a simple lesson in fishing.

I've learned that one of the greatest gifts you can give someone else is empowerment.

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270///360: Organize the World. Change the World.

270 Strategies | June 30, 2014



Training Associate Allie Ebner and Vice President of Training and Development Kate Catherall introduce our new Training Series with a post on our biggest training yet: 270///360.

270///360 is an extraordinary opportunity to learn by doing, build powerful communities, and create global change.

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It’s time that every working family can make it work

270 Strategies | June 27, 2014



Working mom Meg Ansara on making sure every working mom and dad have the opportunity to make it work.

For far too many, the concept of "work-life balance" remains unacceptably out of reach.

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Segregation yesterday, segregation today

270 Strategies | June 17, 2014



Max Wood on the human impact of being segregated in D.C.

People often discuss residential segregation and gentrification in American cities, but we don't talk as much about what it actually means for those pushed out to the brim of opportunity. So, using recent five-year estimates from the American Community Survey, I've tried to put together a small snapshot of how life in D.C.'s predominantly white and predominantly black neighborhoods differ.

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What about Tonalist?

270 Strategies | June 10, 2014



Eleis Brennan on Belmont Stakes' forgotten winner.

The coverage of the Belmont Stakes this weekend has focused almost exclusively on California Chrome's failure to achieve the elusive Triple Crown. If you look at the myriad articles written, most of them don't even mention Tonalist until several paragraphs into the story.

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How Data Can Increase Your Organization’s IMPACT

270 Strategies | May 09, 2014



Santiago Martinez on 270 Strategies' new IMPACT Series.

The better evangelists of data analytics we can be, the more data-driven practices will spread throughout our movements.

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Walking the tightrope: This working mom’s take on ‘having it all’

270 Strategies | May 06, 2014



270 partner and working mom Lynda Tran's take on 'having it all'

With Mother's Day coming up this weekend, Father's Day coming up next month -- and so many moms and dads negotiating these kinds of dynamics -- we ought to have the discussion.

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Routines: the key to creativity?

270 Strategies | April 28, 2014




Rachel Campbell on the surprising link between routines and creativity.

Rather than feeling confining, working within the structure of routines can help keep these otherwise free-form processes concrete and productive.

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207th Sovereign State? If the Scottish National Party has their way

270 Strategies | April 22, 2014



Data Project Manager Caroline Ettinger takes an analytic look at Scotland's upcoming referendum for independence.

Independence has never led in the polls, but the gap is getting narrower. It's nearly impossible to predict how things will change for Scotland, the UK, and the world if the referendum passes. Will Scotland become the 207th sovereign state?

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Organizing 2.0: Organize, Build, Develop, and Mash-Up

270 Strategies | April 17, 2014



Wadi Muhammad on organizing to build more resilient, sustainable, and vibrant communities.

Community organizers, developers, and builders need to not only understand each others' practices, but also appreciate how they can benefit from other community practices.

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Confessions of an Obsessive Tabber

270 Strategies | April 09, 2014



Email Strategist Tracy Rohrbach on why you should tab more.

Right about now, you probably think this is going to be a blog about how to organize your browser or curb your tabbing addiction. Au contraire. I think you should tab more!

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Ready For Hillary’s Website Offers A New Vision For Organizing

270 Strategies | April 09, 2014



Mitch Stewart on the new ReadyforHillary.com--a game-changer for campaign websites.

By building upon an already successful grassroots operation and expanding its reach with supporters, Ready for Hillary's grassroots-focused website represents the wave of the future.

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Making History: The Obamacare Organizing Success Story

270 Strategies | April 04, 2014



Jeremy Bird on the importance of organizing to the success of the Affordable Care Act.

7.1 million. That's the number of Americans who signed up for health care coverage during the first enrollment period of the Affordable Care Act, wildly exceeding cynical expectations after a slow start.

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How women are changing the world

270 Strategies | March 20, 2014



Greta Carnes on how women are changing the world--often, one community at a time.

Thanks to community organizing, we're seeing a new group of political volunteers emerge.

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The Color of Detention

270 Strategies | March 14, 2014



Luis Avila on the role prisons play in propagating cycles of poverty.

Police cars would patrol my neighborhood often. On several occasions, I would be pulled over for something trivial, like making a wide turn. Every time this happened I was asked for my documentation, my broken English worsening as I rushed to responded to officers performing what were routine stops. This is a reality many people of color--overwhelmingly African-American and Latinos living in low-income neighborhoods--experience every day.

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Don’t hate the gamer or their games

270 Strategies | March 13, 2014



Jesse Boateng on what the gaming community can teach us about grassroots organizing.

To the untrained eye, gamers are stereotyped as reclusive, antisocial, and generally lacking in interpersonal skills--all of which point in the opposite direction of organizing. But when it comes to organizing around their interests, this unassuming bunch knows how to appeal to their core and to the masses.

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USA, USA!

270 Strategies | February 25, 2014



Eleis Brennan reflects on the Winter Olympics.

It's nice -- if only for a moment -- when we’re all on the same team.

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Making Fruitvale Station count

270 Strategies | February 18, 2014



Alina Hooper on making Fruitvale Station count.

The film is so real, so raw and so intimate in its details that viewing it is a painful, yet revelatory experience.

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Making Data Meaningful

270 Strategies | February 14, 2014



Santiago Martinez on making data meaningful.

If I wanted to listen to my record collection end to end, it would take me six days, twenty-two hours, fifty-eight minutes, and twenty-two seconds. How do I know something so ridiculous? Simple: I have the data to back it up. Since 2010, I've been keeping a catalog of my record collection--from its humble beginnings as a few records that I boosted from my dad's collection, to a collection that, in my mind, has grown fairly respectable.

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New York Times gives us Sochi in a way we’ve been waiting for

270 Strategies | February 13, 2014



270's Bridget Halligan shares the best content to come out of Sochi.

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