Take a look at this description of an activists' training summit being organized in seven U.S. cities this spring and summer:
The following training courses were designed for the grassroots and focus on key areas of effective activism.
- Creative Leadership
- Micro-targeting Precincts
- Building Effective Coalitions
- Media Training
- Online Image Management
- Blogs and Wikis
- Patriots 2.0
- Creative Messaging
I know what you're thinking: It's just another left-wing fringe group preparing for the G20 Summit in June in Toronto or a protest over some environmental sin or other committed by a multinational corporation somewhere in the world.
Not this time. The social web activist boot camps are part of a series of 'Post-Party Summits' organized by a group announcing "the beginning of the new American Revolution, one in which we organize for liberty and take back our communities from the political class." That's right . . . The Tea Party, or one of its sister organizations on the right, is looking to train its supporters in social web influence strategies.
Ironically, it may be that the Obama presidential campaign's successful use of the social web has given the "enemy" new ideas for grassroots organizing.