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The Women Who Met Hillary, and Spotted a Future Political Star - The New York Times
DEC. 24, 2016 | NYT | By SUSAN DOMINUS.

Hilary Clinton started changing American political culture for women as far back as the early 1970s — not through a candidacy of her own, but through a series of small, but crucial, networking moves.

The number of women who laboured in basement meetings, in consciousness-raising groups, in boardrooms, in unions, in news organizations and in their own kitchens to expand possibilities for women are far too many to count....Prominent among those who did were a few key friends of Mrs. Clinton whom she helped find paths to the cause, including a Texan political player named Betsey Wright....I’m ushered in to the National League of Women Voters headquarters, and Hillary tells them, ‘This can be your youth director.’”

Ms. Piercy, representing the league, went on to attend the Republican and Democratic conventions in 1972, a key inflection point for female activists. “We realized that the only way we could be accepted as equals was to be in office,” she said. “But the parties were not interested in cultivating women. So we realized we would have to train them ourselves.”...while Mrs. Clinton was a law student supporting the presidential candidate Senator George McGovern in San Antonio, she met Ms. Wright, the person she thought could galvanize and prepare potential female candidates.....Ms. Wright had previously worked on individual women’s campaigns. Yet it was Mrs. Clinton who suggested that Ms. Wright move to Washington to spread her expertise, by joining Ms. Piercy and Ms. Griffith to work for what would become known as the National Women’s Education Fund, an unofficial training arm of the National Women’s Political Caucus, with no formal affiliation. “Hillary was saying they really did need to get somebody who understood local races,” Ms. Wright said. “And she strongly urged me to go.”....Wright created seminars and training sessions that taught women how to maneuver within the political process.

She also formed a powerful partnership with Ruth Mandel, who had recently created the pioneering Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University. It was not just that they needed to train women, Ms. Mandel said; they needed to “help women overcome their own resistance to gaining political power in their own right.”...Wright knew that revolutions start with pragmatics: She created a training manual that the Education Fund and the Political Caucus relied on heavily for years, a guidebook that broke down the logistics of opinion polling, reaching the news media and recruiting a staff. The training sessions offered advice on every aspect of campaigning, including details specific to women.
Hillary_Clinton  politics  political_campaigns  discipline  political_infrastructure  institutions  politicians  institution-building  women  networking  training  consciousness-raising  grass-roots  inflection_points 
january 2017 by jerryking
Conservatives can only win if they own up to their weaknesses - The Globe and Mail
Special to The Globe and Mail
Published Thursday, Jul. 09, 2015

Losing political campaigns. They are, the cup half-full people say, learning moments.

Each campaign has its own dynamics; losers lose for different reasons. The lessons from a defeat aren’t always portable. But if there’s one lesson that should only be learned once it is this: If there’s a chance you’re going to lose, lose with your eyes open. Get a handle on what’s going wrong, and try everything you can to turn things around.

It sounds obvious. Shouldn’t have to be said. But you’d be amazed.

Political parties are prisoners of hierarchy. Leaders lay down a strategy, and everyone else is encouraged to acknowledge that it is perfectly formed.
political_campaigns  Conservative_Party  pundits  elections  Stephen_Harper  weaknesses  truth-telling  Canadian  delusions  self-delusions  Bruce_Anderson  Federal_Election_2015 
july 2015 by jerryking
Why a Presidential Campaign Is the Ultimate Start-Up -
JUNE 4, 2015 | NYT | By NEIL IRWIN.

Campaigns and start-ups share common challenges as they ramp up operations. A campaign that wins its party’s nomination must expand exponentially as it moves from early primaries to a general election. What was once a small, tightknit group must suddenly add many more people, often those with more experience.

It is much like a start-up that goes from a dozen people in a garage to hundreds of staff members, many with deeper résumés than the original ragtag crew. Part of the job for those at the top is massaging egos and trying to keep everyone committed and enthusiastic even as that transition takes place....Some of the management questions are fundamental. Should power be concentrated at the top of an organization or distributed broadly? Should there be strict lines of authority in which everyone stays in his or her narrow lane, or a more open management structure where people cut across organizational barriers?... They stressed the importance of the leaders setting clear goals and giving subordinates leeway to reach them — combined with accountability should they fail....Both the Bush and Obama campaigns emphasized measuring success and failure quantitatively....One of the biggest tests of management is how it copes with a crisis.
political_campaigns  start_ups  Campaign_2008  Obama  metrics  truth-telling  measurements  crisis_management 
june 2015 by jerryking
The lost art of political persuasion - The Globe and Mail
The Globe and Mail
Published Saturday, Apr. 25 2015

Talking points are hardly a 21st century political innovation. But they have so crowded out every other form of discourse that politics is now utterly devoid of honesty, unless it’s the result of human error. The candidates are still human, we think, though the techies now running campaigns are no doubt working on ways to remove that bug from their programs.

Intuition, ideas and passion used to matter in politics. Now, data analytics aims to turn all politicians into robots, programmed to deliver a script that has been scientifically tested...The data analysts have algorithms that tell them just what words resonate with just what voters and will coax them to donate, volunteer and vote.

Politics is no longer about the art of persuasion or about having an honest debate about what’s best for your country, province or city. It’s about microtargeting individuals who’ve already demonstrated by their Facebook posts or responses to telephone surveys that they are suggestible. Voters are data points to be manipulated, not citizens to be cultivated....Campaign strategists euphemistically refer to this data collection and microtargeting as “grassroots engagement” or “having one-on-one conversations” with voters....The data analysts on the 2012 Obama campaign came up with “scores” for each voter in its database, or what author Sasha Issenberg called “a new political currency that predicted the behaviour of individual humans.
Konrad_Yakabuski  persuasion  middle_class  politicians  massive_data_sets  political_campaigns  data_scientists  data_driven  data_mining  microtargeting  behavioural_targeting  politics  data  analytics  Campaign_2012 
april 2015 by jerryking
Mayor Tory goes against campaign pledge and hikes TTC fares - The Globe and Mail
The Globe and Mail
Published Monday, Jan. 19 2015
mayoral  John_Tory  political_campaigns  TTC 
january 2015 by jerryking
Doug Ford should boast about real achievements instead of resorting to untruths - The Globe and Mail
The Globe and Mail
Published Tuesday, Oct. 14 2014
The Ford administration had some real achievements, from contracting out garbage collection in part of the city to hammering out new contracts with city unions. Those should be enough for Mr. Ford to boast about.
Marcus_Gee  Doug_Ford  Rob_Ford  elections  Toronto  political_campaigns 
october 2014 by jerryking
How everything went wrong for Olivia Chow - The Globe and Mail
The Globe and Mail
Published Friday, Sep. 19 2014
Olivia_Chow  mayoral  elections  political_campaigns  Toronto 
september 2014 by jerryking
Fed up with politics? Stop venting and get off the couch - The Globe and Mail
Special to The Globe and Mail
Published Thursday, Sep. 04 2014

Walking up and down driveways is boring and tiring, and a lot of people get pretty angry when sharing their opinions on government. It’s also one of my favourite things to do, because it’s about the realest way I can think of to figure out where people are at and where they’re coming from, what’s important in their lives and what they expect their public servants to do about it.

It’s always a downer when after a busy season of door-knocking, voter turnout stays stalled at Canadian lows. The highest turnout in a federal election in the last century was in 1963, when it almost hit 80 per cent. Municipal elections are even more depressing – about 40 per cent of eligible voters usually show up at the polls, which is why Toronto got so excited at our last go-round, in 2010, when a big fat half of the city turned up to mark a ballot.
Toronto  elections  mayoral  voter_turnout  political_campaigns  disengagement  apathy  politics 
september 2014 by jerryking
Rob Ford only a few points behind Tory in new mayoral poll - The Globe and Mail
The Globe and Mail
Published Thursday, Aug. 28 2014,

Mr. Ford’s support was highest among men, those aged 18-34, residents of Etobicoke and Scarborough, people with a household income between $60,000 and $80,000 and those with a high school education or less.

By contrast, support for Mr. Tory was highest among senior citizens, North York residents, voters with household incomes over $250,000 and those who have gone to graduate school. His support is almost evenly split between men and women.

Ms. Chow’s support is concentrated among women, those aged 35 to 44, those who live in the old city of Toronto or East York, voters with household incomes under $20,000 and those with at least some college or university education.
John_Tory  Rob_Ford  Olivia_Chow  elections  political_campaigns  Etobicoke  North_York  Scarborough  Toronto  mayoral  opinion_polls_&_surveys 
august 2014 by jerryking
All or nothing for Toronto mayoral candidate John Tory - The Globe and Mail
The Globe and Mail
Published Tuesday, Feb. 25 2014

Mr. Tory enters the race with some big advantages. He is a well-known figure in a competition where name recognition matters. He has a high-powered campaign team with links to both Liberal and Conservative parties. His Bay Street connections should make it easy to raise money and build a campaign war chest.

He has a killer résumé. As a former business executive with Rogers, he can claim to know about how to create prosperity and jobs. As a leader of the volunteer group CivicAction, he has worked on urban issues from transit to youth unemployment. As a talk-show host till he quit to run, he is well-read and articulate on all the issues.

He ran a good campaign for mayor in 2003 and came a close second to David Miller. He calls himself a fiscal conservative and yet acknowledges the need for public investment in a growing city.... Karen Stintz and David Soknacki, on the other flank, are selling the same brand as Mr. Tory – moderate non-Ford conservative. Mr. Ford’s camp, meanwhile, is portraying Mr. Tory as a blue blood out of touch with the ordinary folk, an image that, even if a caricature, could stick.

But Mr. Tory’s worst potential enemy is himself. He is so fair-minded, so willing to see the other side, that he often seems all over the place. He talks a mile a minute, not always to his own advantage. His time in provincial politics revealed a man of weak political instincts who lost a general election, the seat he was contesting and a by-election before resigning as Conservative leader.
Marcus_Gee  John_Tory  political_campaigns  mayoral  Toronto 
august 2014 by jerryking
From one pollster to another: Stop trying to predict elections - The Globe and Mail
Contributed to The Globe and Mail
Published Wednesday, Jun. 11 2014

To me, excellence in this profession is more about eternal curiosity, less about being convinced that you can predict tomorrow based on what you know about yesterday.

Lately, some in the polling industry have been indulging in an unhealthy, feverish competition to predict the outcome and seat distribution of every election. I think it’s a bit of a fool’s errand.

I’m personally enjoying the fact that the race for Ontario is down to the wire and the outcome is more uncertain than ever.

It’s a great time to remind ourselves that the suspense of a big unknown is more interesting than endless over-confident predictions about the chemistry of turnout rates and the implications of same for a handful of swing ridings.....the best value lies in the big picture, the context and the general reactions to parties, leaders and ideas.
elections  political_campaigns  predictions  opinion_polls_&_surveys  public_opinion  Bruce_Anderson  the_big_picture  contextual 
june 2014 by jerryking
Why the Ontario election campaign is a mystery, even to those involved - The Globe and Mail
The Globe and Mail
Published Friday, May. 23 2014

reports from candidates and their teams who are out knocking on doors indicate that even fewer voters than usual are aware there is an election on, let alone have strong impressions of how it’s playing out.

That’s especially the case in the suburban ridings of the Greater Toronto Area, generally considered Ontario’s most important electoral battleground, where the commuter-heavy population is particularly difficult to make contact with. ...Then there are the uncertainties about what campaign Ontarians will see the rest of the way. Just as the pollsters are trying to adjust to the difficulty of reaching people the way they used to, so too are the parties. Amid experimentation with online and other less traditional forms of advertising, nobody is quite sure what will break through; neither is it obvious whose efforts to use data to micro-target voters in ground campaigns will work.
Ontario  elections  data  political_campaigns  GTA  microtargeting  open_data 
may 2014 by jerryking
Reince Priebus: 'The Party of Growth and Opportunity' | National Review Online
By NRO Staff
March 18, 2013
Throughout this process both the co-chairs and I have heard a great deal about the quality of our data–and how that affects our ability to target and persuade voters.

Numerous voices emphasized how we must move to integrate new sources of data and expand access to that data beyond the RNC.

Overhauling our data infrastructure won’t happen overnight. But we will move to invest more resources into data collection and management, and we will integrate data into everything we do.

We will lead by example because we want every campaign, group, and committee to make data a priority.

Therefore, as recommended, we’re hiring a new Chief Digital and Technology Officer who will build out and oversee three important and distinct teams: data, digital, and technology. Those teams will work together to integrate their respective areas throughout the RNC and provide a data-driven focus for the rest of the organization. And they will be the new center of gravity within the organization.
GOP  data  data_driven  political_campaigns  massive_data_sets  analytics  RNC 
january 2014 by jerryking
An online revolution - How new digital technologies will change the Canadian political landscape    
Mar 28 2012 | | Campaigns & Elections | by Geoff Sharpe.

Part of the problem is that money plays less of a role in Canadian politics than American politics. Donation and spending limits mean campaigns must use funds cautiously. Innovation is often stifled in favor of the status quo. Campaigns create a website, tweet to their followers and call it digital strategy. South of the border, campaigns and professional consultants invest heavily in client relationship management (CRM) software, data infrastructure and sophisticated outreach tools. Only major parties and well-financed campaigns can afford these technologies; smaller municipal and advocacy campaigns lack advanced tools to capitalize on the emerging and increasingly important digital landscape....Upstart campaign technologies are easy to use, cost very little and can be extraordinary powerful. One such platform is NationBuilder, which provides a number of cutting-edge digital tools including a free website, a social CRM system, fundraising software, campaign database and email service all in one integrated package. Prices start at $20 a month and rise depending on the size of the database....

Geoff Sharpe is an experienced digital and online organizer and currently works for Navigator Ltd. as a digital strategy consultant. He can be reached at
Canada  political_campaigns  CRM  Canadian  SaaS  elections  tools  NationBuilder  campaigns 
january 2014 by jerryking
Gaming Your Next Campaign 
Feb 01 2012 | | Campaigns & Elections | by Brett Bell.
political_campaigns  gamification 
january 2014 by jerryking
Big Data Is A Big Factor In 2012                     
Mar 30 2012 | Campaigns & Elections | By Brett Bell.

But as the social media industry continues to mature, so too does the level of sophistication in which campaigns and organizations apply social media tools and techniques. Campaigns are moving away from merely having a social media presence to leveraging social activity to inform and fuel campaign machines....For their part, the Obama campaign is focusing significant attention and resources towards data management. In a series of telling job postings this summer, Obama For America put out the call for data mining and predictive modeling analysts, appealing to the startup community, private sector and data managers within their own Party. One particular job description stated that successful candidates would assist in developing statistical and predictive models to assist in fundraising, digital media and other areas of the campaign....the Obama For America Campaign 2012 launched a Facebook application which requested permission to access your location, name, picture, gender, list of friends and other information that would be valuable to the campaign team
Campaign_2012  massive_data_sets  political_campaigns  data_scientists  data_driven  data_mining  microtargeting  behavioural_targeting  data_management 
january 2014 by jerryking
Q&A: Turning a non-voter into a voter - The Globe and Mail

The Globe and Mail

Published Monday, Nov. 26 2012

There is a body of experiments that shows person-to-person contact does something to turn a non-voter into a voter that no television ad can. Smart campaigns, and Barack Obama’s is the best example of this, are making the investments to create these types of interactions.
voting  elections  political_campaigns  massive_data_sets  microtargeting  Campaign_2012 
january 2014 by jerryking
Big Data makes for meaner politics - The Globe and Mail
Konrad Yakabuski

The Globe and Mail

Published Saturday, Jan. 18 2014
What do you get when you combine modern technology with old-style politics? Hillary's wrath, that's what.

News that top aides to Hillary Clinton used a computer spreadsheet to compile a "hit list" of disloyal Democrats after her devastating loss to Barack Obama in the party's 2008 presidential primaries is more proof that what used to be an art is turning into a science.

Politicians have always rewarded friends and punished enemies, as the spiteful Bridgegate scandal engulfing New Jersey Governor Chris Christie now reminds us. But evaluating loyalty and disloyalty used to be an entirely subjective exercise that required endless mental acrobatics and was rendered fallible by lapses in memory, blurred emotions and information overload.

The era of Big Data is changing all that. And none too soon for the Clintons, as Hillary keeps her options open for 2016. When you've crossed and been crossed by so many people in 35 years of bare-knuckle politics, it's naturally hard to keep track of all the slights. What better than a computer scorecard that replaces the old mental tally of friends and enemies?

According to a new book by two well-regarded White House correspondents – Politico's Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes of The Hill – Ms. Clinton's aides assigned scores between 1 (most loyal) and 7 (most disloyal) to each Democratic member of Congress and pumped the data into a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet. The result was an instant loyalty ranking that would inform Ms. Clinton and husband Bill's future interactions with fellow Democrats on the list.

Endorsing Mr. Obama for the nomination did not mean you scored an automatic 7 if you had a reasonable excuse, such as being black or from Illinois. Similarly, endorsing Ms. Clinton did not mean you got a 1 if you "didn't go the extra mile" for her or were "just kind of there." The 7 rankings were reserved for those who "endorsed him but really should have been with her … that burned her,"

The Conservatives need any help, really. The party’s Constituent Information Management System (CIMS) is considered the most advanced political database in the country, compiling records on millions of Canadians....In her book Shopping for Votes, the Toronto Star’s Susan Delacourt describes the unsettling transformation of Canadian politics into a game dominated by computer geeks who pump vast amounts of our personal information into party databases to determine whether we’re naughty or nice. The Tories aren’t alone. Justin Trudeau’s Liberals are determined to outdo their rivals in data collection by the 2015 election, and the New Democrats aren’t that far behind.
massive_data_sets  dark_side  political_campaigns  politics  Hillary_Clinton  books  Richard_Nixon  data  data_driven  Konrad_Yakabuski  constituencies 
january 2014 by jerryking
When targeting online, make sure your data is up to snuff
When targeting online, make sure your data is up to snuff
Author(s): Jordan Lieberman
Source: Campaigns & Elections (2010). 34.5 (September-October 2013): p6.
Document Type: Article
Copyright : CO...
microtargeting  political_campaigns  data  elections 
january 2014 by jerryking
Q: What is the difference between analytics and microtargeting and can I afford either in a city council race?

A: According to Tom Bonier of Clarity Campaign Labs, the nomenclature of analytics vs. microtargeting is not settled, reflecting the relative newness of the field. "Analy...
analytics  political_campaigns  microtargeting  cities  local  municipalities  elections 
january 2014 by jerryking
10 campaign books everyone should read
10 campaign books everyone should read
Author(s): Geordy Boveroux
Source: Campaigns & Elections (2010). 34.4 (July-August 2013): p10.
Document Type: Book review, Brief article
Copyright : COPYRIGH...
political_campaigns  books 
january 2014 by jerryking
Embracing a new playbook: how data-driven decisions can change the conversation in local races
January-February 2013 |Campaigns & Elections pg. 26| Stefan Hankin.

In the post-analysis of the 2012 election there has been a lot of credit given to the Obama campaign for its use of capturing an...
political_campaigns  local  data_driven  data  elections  by-elections  playbooks 
january 2014 by jerryking
Campaigns & Elections' Politics mag comes to Canada
Feb. 08 2010 | The Globe and Mail | by Kelly Grant.

the editorial advisory board. It features John Capobianco (co-chairing Rocco Rossi's campaign); Robin Sears (working with Adam Giambrone's team), as well as Anie Perrault and Don Guy. Inside you'll find a Warren Kinsella column called "In the War Room," and a Brett Bell column called "Open Source." (Mr. Bell, the principal of Grassroots Online, is staying out of the campaign while he runs the new aggregator Toronto Elections News.) Running the whole show is Bernie Morton of Sussex Strategies, officially undecided about who he'll back in the mayor's race.
magazines  political_campaigns  Canada  Canadian  politics 
january 2014 by jerryking
The messy reality of open data and politics | Public Leaders Network
8 April 2013 | | Guardian Professional | Tim Davies, Guardian Professional.

In practice, datasets themselves are political objects, and policies to open up datasets are the product of politics. If you look beyond the binary fight over whether government data should be open or not, then you will find a far more subtle set of political questions over the what and the how of opening data.

Datasets are built from the categories and relationships that the database designer (or their political masters) decide are important. In their book, Sorting Things Out: Classification and its Consequences, Geoffrey Bowker and Susan Leigh Star describe how the international classification of disease, the basis for worldwide mortality statistics, has historically under-represented tropical diseases in its code lists. The result is that global health policy has been less able to see, distinguish and target certain conditions....Local authority spending data has never existed as a single dataset before – but a central edict that this should be published, itself a decision with a political edge, has generated new standards for representing local spend, that have to decide what sort of information about spend is important.

Should the data contain company identifiers to let us see which firms get public money? And should spend data be linked to results and categorisation of public services? These decisions can have big impacts on how data can be used, what it can tell us, and what impacts open data will have.
datasets  data  open_data  cities  municipalities  politics  political_campaigns  sorting  messiness 
december 2013 by jerryking
Lakeside Leader - Editorial
The two ‘youth’ candidates seem to be content to rely more on the Internet to get the word out than in traditional campaigning. So don’t expect to see Dylan Richards of the Green Party or independent Shawn Reimer knocking on your door or putting up signs by the road.
Again, the proof is in the polling, but if either of them does manage to divert significant numbers of votes, it will mark something new and important in election campaigning. They’ll have shown that online is where it’s at, and you don’t really have to get out and press the flesh – or speak in public – to have an impact. If the thousands of people who don’t normally vote are sitting in front of their computers – why not try to reach out to them there?
Well, it’s an experiment, but with only around 40 per cent voter turnout for the last federal election in the Fort McMurray – Athabasca riding, it’s certainly worth a try.
Meanwhile, it wasn’t known at the time of this writing how many of the candidates showed up at the Oct. 7 forum in Slave Lake. Indications last week were that it wouldn’t be many.
political_campaigns  elections  voters  outreach  editorials  Alberta 
december 2013 by jerryking
The nuts and bolts of Obama's data-driven campaign
The nuts and bolts of Obama's data-driven campaign
Author(s): Colin Delany
Source: Campaigns & Elections (2010). 34.1 (January-February 2013): p16
Obama  Campaign_2012  data  data_driven  political_campaigns  elections 
december 2013 by jerryking
Data, Data and More Data
July-August 2013 | Campaigns & Elections | by Colin Delany.

...The picture often portrayed--the Obama campaign as a relentlessly efficient data juggernaut--paints over a lot of workarounds, hacks and improvisations. I'd heard this before, for example at CampaignTech in April, when Obama data manager Ethan Roeder had mentioned that plenty of the campaign's technology was held together with "duct tape and baling wire." He echoed that sentiment in Philadelphia, and he wasn't alone: Obama Chief Scientist Rayid Ghani said that for every mention of "data integration" on the campaign, he had "20 caveats" about how less-than-perfect it actually was in practice...Ghani said that the Obama voter file was actually the smallest data set he'd worked with as a technology professional, in part because people vote so rarely. Elections simply don't come around that often, and compared with commercial marketers (who can draw on thousands of purchases and other transactions to predict buying patterns), political campaigners don't have much historical data to work with.
data  data_driven  political_campaigns  Campaign_2012  Facebook  data_scientists  data_management 
december 2013 by jerryking
Victory lab : the secret science of winning campaigns : Issenberg, Sasha. : Book, Regular Print Book : Toronto Public Library
Victory lab : the secret science of winning campaigns
1st pbk ed.

by Issenberg, Sasha.
Year/Format: 2013, Book,

Toronto Reference Library
Reference Hum & Soc Sci 2nd Fl Reference Open Shelf In Library 324.70973 ISS
political_campaigns  howto  books  libraries  TPL  data_driven 
december 2013 by jerryking
The Magazine for People in Politics | Campaigns & Elections
See also, Wikipedia entry.
“I am delighted that Campaigns & Elections have decided add a Canadian edition of Politics to their growing list of magazines,” said Bernie Morton, the magazine’s Canadian Associate Editor. “Now Canadians—and the world—can have a specific place to read about the latest in Canadian politics, campaigns, and elections. There is great excitement among political junkies about this news and I am honoured to be a part of it."

The Canadian Editorial Advisory Board, in development, currently includes Canadian political notables Anie Perrault, John Capobianco, Robin Sears, and Don Guy. Included in the growing list of regular contributors will be Warren Kinsella, President of Daisy Consulting Group, who will provide readers with insight on the challenges and decision making during campaigns in his column titled “In the War Room,” as well as Brett Bell, Principal of Grassroots Online, who will enlighten readers about online campaigning and social media in modern politics with his column “Open Source.”
magazines  political_campaigns  tools  Canada 
december 2013 by jerryking
PhD student makes municipal politics media-friendly
November 8, 2013 | UToday-- University of Calgary |By Heath McCoy

In the past, Fairie has also honed his teaching skills by leading classes on research methods. “That’s usually about making stats accessible for people who hate numbers, so I think I developed some skills there, in making the hard details a bit more fun.”

Now that he’s graduating, Fairie wants to take his passion for statistics to the next level. He plans to start up a data-science consulting firm with colleagues.

“I’d like to work with organizations and government bodies who have big data sets which they need to get value out of,” he says. “I can help them understand the patterns that are going on underneath that data. It’s valuable information.”
Colleges_&_Universities  Calgary  data_scientists  politics  municipalities  elections  massive_data_sets  political_campaigns 
december 2013 by jerryking
Rivals Secretly Finance Opposition to Wal-Mart -
JUNE 7, 2010 |WSJ | By ANN ZIMMERMAN. Rival Chains Secretly
Fund Opposition to Wal-Mart. Saint Consulting Group is a specialist at
fighting proposed Wal-Marts, and it uses tactics it describes as "black
arts." Mr. Saint, a former newspaper reporter and political press
secretary, founded his firm 26 years ago. It specializes in using
political-campaign tactics—petition drives, phone banks, websites—to
build support for or against controversial projects, from oil refineries
and shopping centers to quarries and landfills. Over the years, it has
conducted about 1,500 campaigns in 44 states. Mr. Saint says about 500
have involved trying to block a development, and most of those have been
dark_side  sophisticated  Wal-Mart  competitive_intelligence  retailers  oil_refiners  clandestine  big-box  unions  countermeasures  counternarratives  political_campaigns  controversies 
june 2010 by jerryking
Obama Ran a Capitalist Campaign -
NOVEMBER 7, 2008 | WSJ | by BRET SWANSON. Like every
entrepreneur, Mr. Obama's rise was improbable. An unusually-named,
African-American first-term senator defeated two of the most powerful
incumbent political brands, the Clintons and John McCain. Like many
upstarts, he won by changing the rules of the game."What ultimately
transformed the presidential race...was not the money that poured in
from Silicon Valley but the technology and the ethos."
Obama  rules_of_the_game  Clayton_Christensen  campaigns  John_McCain  Campaign_2008  political_campaigns 
may 2009 by jerryking
Political Device Goes Corporate -
MAY 21, 2007 | Wall street Journal | by JOHN D. MCKINNON.

Journal of Political Marketing.

Political operatives who perfected political "microtargeting," a system
for squeezing votes from neglected segments of the electorate, based
largely on reams of data about such things as voter demographics and
personal-spending habits--are taking their mastery of sophisticated new
campaign techniques into the corporate world. Particularly useful in
helping corporations focus on potential customers' core feelings about
buying a product or service.
microtrends  microtargeting  demographics  competingonanalytics  data_mining  political_campaigns  customer_insights  customer_experience  behavioural_targeting  data 
april 2009 by jerryking

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