Even in a business blog, it is not possible to sit down on this historic morning to compose a piece about leadership and innovation without talking about Barack Obama. The Obama leadership equation for two years has been Obama = Change. He convinced enough Americans that he would deliver on the promise that he and his nationwide network of organizers absolutely routed the opposition on Election Day.
Senior Adviser for Online Communications, John Edwards Campaign
Greensboro, North Carolina
Mathew Gross, 35, created Blog for America for Howard Dean in 2003 and is now in charge of integrating John Edwards's online and offline communications. So far, Edwards's campaign has been arguably the most technologically innovative, experimental, and aggressive.
The last time we saw Joe Trippi, Howard Dean's former Internet guru and campaign manager, he was disheveled and sleep-deprived, hunched over a laptop behind a messy desk at the Dean for America headquarters in Burlington, Vermont. The pied piper of political activists, he commanded a staff of fervent and, this being Vermont, frequently tie-dyed youngsters, joyously engaged in the heady business of 'Taking Back America.'
FC Now reader Mitch Ratcliffe contends that the recent Fast Companyfeature on Howard Dean's campaign manager Joe Trippi misses the point about the Dean campaign phenomenon. Ratcliffe characterizes the feature as "emphasizing the management of Joe Trippi rather than the collective efforts of tens of thousands of people that have produced the results the magazine celebrates as a triumph of management." Further: