Inspired by Bernie Sanders last year, I started looking for new progressive news sources. I found The Benjamin Dixon Show and I was hooked. For months, I listened but did not interact. Radio silence, so to speak. It was a sudden, spur-of-the-moment thing when I made a phone call that February night. This was one time in my life when an impulsive decision changed my life for the better.
Back in the days of ancient history
I was contacted by the Progressive Army team and asked to write an article, and I’ve been here ever since. These are only a few of the lessons I have learned during my time at Progressive Army. Lessons that can benefit any growing progressive organization.
Lesson 1: Open Communication and Active Engagement is Important
The internet makes this easier in many ways. We live in many different places around the country, and the internet allows us a connection that couldn’t be there without it. We are always communicating with each other. Discussing new ideas and making plans to give our readers, viewers, and listeners a part of the platform that we are building for all of us. Are we going to agree on everything? No, but when there is mutual respect and a willingness to work together towards a common goal, it can be considered less a “disagreement” and more a “challenging conversation”.
Lesson 2: A Supportive Environment, Key to a Growing Progressive Organization
It is no secret that I have chronic mental health issues. Every article I have written has touched on the issue at some point. Progressive Army has created an environment that allows me to contribute as much as I can when I am able to function. I always have enough time to create something I am proud of. When I don’t feel like I can write, I can edit. Writing is something I have always enjoyed, but I’ve discovered a real love for editing the work of our other writers. Everybody contributes to Progressive Army in their own way and in their own time.
Lesson 3: We All Have an Equal Voice Here
Progressive Army is the definition of a “bottom-up” organization. Nobody has ever told me what I can and can not write. We all have complete control over the content we create. As a result, there are many diverse voices and opinions within the Progressive Army network. Here, the smaller voices are just as important and valued as our loudest voices.
In conclusion, Progressive Army encourages you to raise your voice. Our friends at the MediaRevolt Group have a mission to take the control of information out of the hands of corporations. They have launched both Podcast Revolution, which offers open-mic podcast and web service at Your Podcast Revolution, and Blog Revolution, which is a social news sharing site. These are tools you can use to be heard. MediaRevolt will launch late this year with many tools for citizen journalism, punditry, activism and more.