About GO Team

The health of a democratic society may be measured by the quality of functions performed by private citizens.” Alexis de Tocqueville

GO Team (Grassroots Organizing Team) is a permanent, year-round program for organizing neighborhood volunteers to:

  • Contact left-leaning voters about voting, their issue concerns, and local advocacy actions;
  • Create permanent party and community building Neighborhood Groups that socialize, talk about values, learn about issues, communicate their concerns, and take action.

GO Team trains leaders to recruit volunteers by building lasting relationships one at a time through individual meetings not last minute, election-time warm body recruiting.  This site provides information on proven Get Out the Vote techniques and professional volunteer management methods for recruiting, training, managing, and rewarding volunteers. See Why GO Team?

For more information about volunteering as a Neigborhood Volunteer, Leader or for administrative, website, social media, or data team positions, please email admin@goteamslo.org.  

If you have experience in volunteer management, we need your input – please participate! Review the GO Team Leader Training Program and find something you have experience with. We especially need volunteers with experience in deliberative democracy processes to help with development of a program to offer Neighborhood Groups.  To share your experience, ideas, articles, feedback, and references on building volunteer networks for democratic organizations contact us at admin@goteamslo.org .

Our Goal

The goal of GO Team is to win elections and create a citizen-based party controlled from the bottom up by Neighborhood Groups engaged in deliberative democracy – determining political outcomes based on bottom up determinations of the common good through public dialogue at the local level.

The key to achieving this goal is creating an ongoing volunteer leadership infrastructure. Having this infrastructure in place before campaigns begin is essential to effectively coordinate the many volunteers who work only during election time.  In addition, this volunteer infrastructure helps to build the party between elections by fostering Neighborhood Groups.

Extensive feedback from grassroots volunteers and organizers has been incorporated into the GO Team Volunteer Leader Training Program, as well as input from experienced volunteer leaders and volunteer management consultants. Therefore, we recommend not changing the materials initially except for things you feel are necessary to adapt them to your needs and locality. After you have used the program for a while, if you develop techniques or materials that work better, please share them with us so we can improve the program! See Use of Materials for information on using the GO Team materials and name.

Acknowledgements

Thanks to all the volunteer leaders and volunteers and GOTV researchers who have contributed to this program. The GO Team program is a result of your hard work, patience, persistence, helpful feedback, and, above all, your unwavering belief that grassroots volunteerism is essential to our system of self-government.

Without the pioneering work of Donald Green and Alan Gerber in scientifically researching GOTV techniques, this field would still be based on guesswork, untested theories, and anectdotal evidence at best. Their recommendations are based on experiments conducted in real electoral settings, examining the impact and effectiveness of door-to-door canvassing, telephone calls, direct mail, and other campaign tactics.

The JF Fixler Group and Susan Elliot and her websites Energize and e-Volunteerism have been invaluable sources of volunteer management information.

We are grateful for the design advice, references, and editing on the GO Team Volunteer Leader Training Program provided by Jill Friedman Fixler. Until her death, Jill had been in nonprofit management for thirty years and a principal of JF Fixler Group, a consulting company specializing in volunteer engagement and training for nonprofit organizations. If you sit on a non-profit board, please give them a call.

This site would also not be possible without the help of Marc Mumby, PhD. in transferring the site to the WordPress platform and acting as webmaster.

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