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Ben Long, Conservation Leader

The first time I met Ben Long, he told me, with more than a hint of pride, about a right-wing radio talk jock in his hometown of Kalispell, Montana who had taken to calling him “Osama Ben Longin”. Thankfully, today both that radio show and Osama Bin Laden are gone.…

Secrets of success: Youth organizing (Part 2)

In yesterday’s post, we shared some of the secrets of success for the Montana Wilderness Association’s successful NexGen Wilderness Leaders program. But what about social media??!! At some point in my conversation with Zach Porter, who directs MWA’s NexGen program, it struck me that we’d been talking about NexGen organizing…

Secrets of success: Youth organizing (Part 1)

65, white, liberal and well-educated. Writes monthly or yearly checks. Belongs to multiple progressive advocacy organizations… Ring any bells? For most environmental nonprofits in the US, that just about describes the demographics of their dues-paying members. And that has many conservation leaders worried. With no young people to take over,…