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June 9, 2008

There was a great article in the Sunday New York Times about the Obama campaign and how he may be the first “wiki-candidate”:

Mr. Obama’s notion of persistent improvement, both of himself and of his country, reflects something newer — the collaborative, decentralized principles behind Net projects like Wikipedia and the “free and open-source software” movement. The qualities he cited to Time to describe his campaign — “openness and transparency and participation” — were ones he said “merged perfectly” with the Internet. And they may well be the qualities that make him the first real “wiki-candidate.

If the Obama campaign understands and benefits from the power of wiki-type collaboration, why can’t social justice nonprofit organizations?

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