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Rules for Revolutionaries Audiobook

Rules for Revolutionaries: How Big Organizing Can Change Everything

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Lessons from the groundbreaking grassroots campaign that helped launch a new political revolution.

Rules for Revolutionaries is a bold challenge to the political establishment and the "rules" that govern campaign strategy.

It tells the story of a breakthrough experiment conducted on the fringes of the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign: A technology-driven team empowered volunteers to build and manage the infrastructure to make 75 million calls, launch eight million text messages, and hold more than 100,000 public meetings - in an effort to put Bernie Sanders's insurgent campaign over the top.

Bond and Exley, digital iconoclasts who have been reshaping the way politics is practiced in America for two decades, have identified 22 rules of "Big Organizing" that can be used to drive social change movements of any kind. And they tell the inside story of one of the most amazing grassroots political campaigns ever run.

Fast-paced, provocative, and profound, Rules for Revolutionaries stands as a liberating challenge to the low expectations and small thinking that dominates too many advocacy, non-profit, and campaigning organizations - and points the way forward to a future where political revolution is truly possible.

©2016 Becky Bond and Zack Exley (P)2017 Chelsea Green Publishing

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    Gregory Monk 02/06/2017
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    "Massively important for future elections"
    Would you listen to Rules for Revolutionaries again? Why?

    Yes. It will be integral to remind myself of all the different ways anybody can assist a social movement. It was also full of hope so could be useful when feeling the dreaded burnout.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    There were no characters.


    What does Tia Rider Sorensen bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Given that it is a personal story of her experiences I feel the connection more when not reading it in my own voice. And I can only do New York taxi driver when it comes to American accents.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Next time we'll be ready.


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  • Scott Alan Thompson Jr
    11/10/17
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    "Incredibly inspiring"

    This book has great stories of a historic campaign as well as guidelines for building a massive volunteer workforce as well as managing people effectively. Top notch!

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  • Jakob Sand Kirk
    Copenhagen
    02/09/17
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    "Get inspired to I rganize BIG"

    22 rules to inspire drive voluntary campaigns.

    My favorite rules:

    1. You Won’t Get a Revolution If You Don’t Ask for One
    6. The Work Is Distributed. The Plan Is Centralized
    9. Fight the Tyranny of the Annoying
    10. Give Away Your Passwords !
    11. Don’t Let the Perfect Be the Enemy of the Big
    12. Learn the Basics of Good Management
    14. Grow Complexity by Solving Problems as They Arise
    16. Best Practices Become Worst Practices

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  • Summer Sailor
    13/07/17
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    "Very important and useful primer on big organizing"

    These "rules" developed out of the tremendous volunteer organizing of the Bernie campaign, will help rewrite the change campaigns of the future. Excellent book.

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  • Paul de Jong
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    12/05/17
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    "Must read"

    This it's a very insightful book about the Bernie Sanders campaign, what went right and what went wrong. I saw many of these things happening first hand and now I know why.

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