This week, in conjunction with the third installment of the Digital Natives Forum Series, on Youth & Civic Engagement, the Reporters in the Field series takes a look at Obama Works, an independent grassroots organization that helps Barack Obama supporters in neighborhoods across the country to organize community service events.
Without further ado, here is "Obama Works: Online Activism Breeds Local Change" as presented on the the Digital Natives blog:
Obama Works is an independent grassroots organization that helps Obama supporters in neighborhoods across the country to organize community service events. The group was founded in early 2008 by a group of Yale students who were inspired by Barack Obama and felt that the energy surrounding his campaign could be channeled to do more than generate votes.
In this video, Paul Selker (a recent Yale grad and one of the group’s earliest members) discusses how the organization came together, how they use the web, and what role the internet has played in enabling people of all ages as activists. Produced by Nikki Leon, with camera work by Kanupriya Tewari, and audio engineering by John Randall.
Yes, stay tuned for more Reporters in the Field episodes that, by doing and creating, explore the themes of the Digital Natives project and of John Palfrey and Urs Gasser's just-published Born Digital. And join in the exploration by commenting in text or video on the Digital Natives blog or YouTube channel.
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