Also published on The Huffington Post
At dinner the other night, a friend and I ended up talking about ways to drag one of the more hierarchical and hidebound segments of the Progressive Movement (a.k.a. The Great Leftist Conspiracy) into the modern world of communicating and organizing. Making a point about the difficulty of turning the proverbial battleship once it’s set on course, I said that “institutional change requires funerals,” a phrase my colleague loved. It’s an old idea but a concise way of putting it, so I wrote it down before it slipped away — grab ‘em tight; the good lines are rare.