Lowering barriers and increasing impact for volunteers

Lowering barriers and increasing impact for volunteers


The conventional models for volunteering can be time-consuming, frustrating and sometimes fruitless. Last fall, Josh Smith organized an ad hoc group of programmers to build an app that was adopted by the Bernie Sanders campaign and makes it much easier, more efficient and effective for people to support the campaign. They are now taking that app to the next level to build “Movement” — an open-source platform that can be used by any campaign to more effectively leverage People Power.


1) Who are you and how did you come to get involved in this work?

2) Why is your work important?

3) What distinguishes your project from similar efforts – and why do you believe it will succeed in ways that other efforts might not?

4) What does success look like in five years – how will things be different if you’re successful?