This document is designed to provide background information to new volunteers.
This work was inspired by the Fridays For the Future maps which you can see here:
Then the Bernie Sanders had a very professionally done map. Now no longer used.
The Howie campaign, and Alex were considering building a simple web page, where you could search by zip code, when Christopher Lozinski showed up, showed them his existing maps, and was given the opportunity to help the Green Party.
For a while it was just Chris and Alex working on the maps, then Howie won the nomination, and a lot more volunteers have been showing up. There are some 23 volunteers now on the Howie Hawkins Base Camp Server. Please Join us.
Early in the project Green Party members were focused on Ballot Access. For example, the project leader, Alex has been called away to help with the Pennsylvania Ballot Access process. He will return the first week of August. When Ballot Access is over, this community will grow faster.
There is an interesting process at work here. The more people who see the map, the more corrections we get and the better the data becomes, and the more useful it is. If you see something bothering you, please speak up, things are easy to fix, but it is hard for the developers to know what is needed.
Already the map has helped at least one Party Leader to understand which states have the strongest Green communities. It was not reasonable to visualize the data before then.
We have transitioned from hardcore development to user support. Christopher spends more time talking to people and writing documentation than writing code. Lots of small changes that everyone wants, all quite easy to do.
People are starting to understand that this is much more than just a map. It is a complete data model of the whole US Green Party. Christopher’s professional training at MIT and U.C. Berkeley was in modeling distributed organizations.
Maybe a degree in graphics design would have been more helpful.
We can do wonderful things with this data. I invite you to read the other section on “Using Map Data”.
If you see any Green Party or Politician who does not have a web page, they get an instant web page here, and they can be given permission to edit their page, and only their page. For simple “web sites” they can add pages, images and YouTube Videos. We are working hard at putting in place the infrastructure to create a free website in a box for Green Party Politicians and Parties. Most of the work has already been done.
Globally Green Parties need a lot of software. Every politician, national state and local party needs a website, and additional services. Many of the sites are very similar, it is a huge duplication of effort. Worse yet, currently we spend a bunch of money on MailChimp, BaseCamp, Slack, Nation Builder and consulting services.
Hopefully this software can help with some of those problems. It is good to have choices. Not just in presidential elections.
Your help with this project is most appreciated. While the Democrats and Republicans have lots of money from the Carbon Lobby, the Pharmaceutical Industry, the Military Industrial Complex, and various monopolies, our strength is our committed volunteers. You are part of that process. Thank you for being here.
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