I cannot even describe how excited I am to tell you about the new NationBuilder advanced search and targeting. We've been testing it internally for a bit now and it's both 10x more useful AND 10x easier to use. It's like you're constructing a sentence. You just have to see it.
A lot of folks on our team have worked on this. Please thank Dan, Chuck, Kumie, Jason, Jacob, Kathy and Bianca. And C.J. wrote some more detailed documentation here.
It's live now for nearly all of our customers, and should be available to everyone by the end of the week.
Update: All of the advanced search functionality is now available directly from the People section. Click on the filter button () to get started.
Last Saturday, I spent the day with URBAN Teens eXploring Technology (URBAN TxT), a revolutionary nonprofit in South Los Angeles that I've been volunteering with since April. URBAN TxT uses coding as a leadership development tool, and more importantly, encourages and inspires young men of color to be role models and catalysts of change in their communities.
Over the summer, I served as a coach for URBAN TxT's coding academy. For this event, I enlisted Arion, one of NationBuilder's best developers, to help me introduce the kids to our Community Organizing System, and to teach their parents some basic HTML skills.
Think about your favorite restaurant. What draws you to the place?
Mine is a humble downtown Los Angeles restaurant, Maccheroni Republic. The chef there turns out a Bolognese that braises in my mind when I haven’t had it for a few weeks. But what really keeps me going back is the owner, Jean Louis, who likes to stop by the tables and pull up a chair. One night, as my wife and I lingered past closing, he sat with us while we told him about the gelato shop we’re opening a few blocks away. He gave us an hour’s worth of food business wisdom.
The cooking at Jean Louis’ place won over our palates. His personal connection to us locked in our loyalty.
At NationBuilder, we understand the key ingredient to success in the restaurant business - honest, real relationships with a community of people. Organizers create movements by identifying early supporters, moving them up the ladder of engagement, and ultimately turning them into evangelists for a cause. NationBuilder gives food business owners the digital tools to do the same thing with their customers.
At NationBuilder we’re building the infrastructure for everyone to have the opportunity to create what they were meant to create. We know what it takes to grow a community because we’re doing it too. And we’re not just building the infrastructure, we’re actually using it to operate our own company. Yup—NationBuilder runs on NationBuilder.
In recent years, the economic crisis in Europe accelerated a fiscal, social, and geographical divide in the French city of Marseille. Patrick Mennucci, a left-wing candidate native to the city, made waves in early November after advancing to the second round of voting only 300 votes ahead of the third candidate—a member of the Prime Minister’s cabinet. When you consider the national notoriety and greater access to media Mennucci was up against, his victory over the third candidate is nothing short of remarkable. The team at La Netscouade attributes the win to more effective field organizing and mobilization strategy using NationBuilder features and analytics.
Mennucci's biggest opponent in March is incumbent Jean-Claude Gaudin, a member of the right-wing conservative party—UMP (Union pour un Mouvement Populaire)—the party of former President Sarkozy. Let's take a closer look at the tactics Mennucci's team used to inspire voters from the left so effectively, many are wondering how Gaudin's team will compete.
NationBuilder is a Community Organizing System—all that means is we help you bring people together around a common purpose so you can do the thing you were meant to do. And we recently redesigned our website to convey how it all works.
The four key components—website, people, communications, and finances—make up a unified platform that puts the tools of organizing in the hands of anyone. If you haven’t already, take a moment to explore the new website, take the feature tour, and learn how NationBuilder can help you grow your community.
How do you use NationBuilder to fulfill the thing you were meant to do? Leave a comment with your story so we can feature you on one of our community pages. Or better yet—show us. :)
Add a suggestion box to your website to generate feedback from your community.
Make your database more dynamic using NationBuilder Match to automatically link email addresses to Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Klout.
Send a text blast with keywords to let supporters take action from their phones.
Election days are big for us at NationBuilder. From school board and city council races, to mayoral elections, thousands of candidates were voted into new positions earlier this month.
According to the Center for American Women and Politics, in 2013 only 21.8% of women hold political office in the United States. That number rings extremely low, illustrating our need for more women to represent us at the local and national level.
From the November 5th elections, I've read many inspirational stories about amazing women candidates and their journeys to positions in civil service. Today, I've profiled three prolific women who will soon occupy positions as a School Board member in California, the first Socialist City Council member in Seattle, and a new mayor in Dayton, Ohio.
Earlier this month, I highlighted five advantages campaigns reap when organizing with NationBuilder. Today I'm rounding out the top 10 with five additional tips to strengthen the impact of your next campaign. Here's a hint—it all begins with synching your data.
In this post you'll learn how to improve targeted messaging and apply alternative contact methods to connect with people you'd normally consider "unreachable"—until now.
A little over a week ago, local elections swept the country. In Minnesota, Abdi Warsame won a seat on the Minneapolis City Council representing Ward 6. He took nearly 64% of the votes in his run against the 11-year incumbent, Robert Lilligren, to become the first Somali-American city council member in Minneapolis and the highest-elected official of Somali descent in the United States.
The city has experienced a recent influx of Somali-Americans, and voters and political activists alike have a lot of hope that Warsame will help bridge mainstream Minneapolis and the burgeoning Somali community residing in the south eastern Ward.
Warsame has been working towards this goal since moving to Minneapolis just a few years ago and he's already accomplished a great deal.
We are thrilled to announce that a gifted storyteller with an extraordinary dedication to service is joining NationBuilder as our VP of Communication. Lindsey Horvath is a rare combination – an exceptional communicator, community organizer, and servant leader – and we couldn’t be more excited to have her on our team.
Like many lifelong organizers, I got my start working on political campaigns. What started as helping a student get elected to the local city council in college quickly accelerated into managing Congressional races. In the winner-take-all environment of US politics, all good campaign strategists are constantly on the lookout for an advantage they can grab.
So, to my fellow campaign hacks of all levels, here's a roadmap to out-organizing your competition with features only found in NationBuilder.
Here are the first 5. Tune in next week for the second batch.
Over the last month, Jim, Emily and Henry have been in the UK attending conferences, chatting with the media, and doing trainings to get the Brits ready for elections in the spring.
Henry made new friends at the Trade Union Congress in Bournemouth, Emily trained folks at the Liberal Democrat Conference in Glasgow and at the Labour Conference in Brighton. The tour ended with the the Conservative Party Conference, a four day event in Manchester.
After trying to get to London without a valid passport, Jim appeared on the BBC's Daily Politics. He spoke with Andrew Neil about how political parties in the UK are harnessing the power of social media and storytelling to organize campaigns from the ground up, building communities online to mobilize for offline organizing. Check out the clip:
During his two day endurance test of a visit, Jim also kicked up a few other stories:
NationBuilder was always meant to be a platform – something other developers could build apps on like Facebook, Windows or the iPhone. For the past few years, we have been working to make this a reality.