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Networking Your Counties: Developers and Businesses are Doing It. Are You?

We’ve all heard of the “Good Old Boys Network” referring to wealthy networks for businessmen, developers, and politicians. These networks are not magically manufactured. Regular folk, who just happen to be wealthier and more powerful than everyone else, network amongst themselves to secure their interests against the rubes and rabble that outnumber them in their districts, counties, and states. Hanover County appears to have discovered the possibility that electing developers or their friends to their board of supervisors isn’t necessarily a good idea. They should have saw that coming.

Yet, the grassroots should learn about the power of networking. Whether it’s a conservative blog, an email group, Facebook page, or a TEA Party, creating a network of communication between busy, average individuals allows all the individuals to benefit from the knowledge of the others.

The Richmond Times Dispatch is rarely going to cover news stories about how corruption within government and the business community affect the average Joe. In fact, the media tends to demonstrate an organized effort to get average folks to go to war with one another while they collectively get the shaft.

networking1Communication is the germ of organization. We’re all busy people with work lives, home lives, social lives, hobbies, church, and so on. Getting a large number of us to a Board of Supervisors or School Board meeting can be difficult. Who’s going to watch the kids? Is it going to cost me any sleep? Communication about the importance of these meetings allows people to know what will be covered in these meetings, when to show up at these meetings, and how to prepare, facts and information, at these meetings. Once elected, your local Representatives are often times the ones who are held the least accountable.

What if your local Board of Supervisors began seeing an extra 35 or 40 people show up at their meetings? What if people took notes and sent emails out to another 40 individuals who couldn’t attend? What if someone took notes and blogged about it? What if someone shared those notes on Facebook? Well, what happens is that The Board quickly understands that whatever they do is going to go public. Folk are going to ask them questions at Church or at the Supermarket, or wherever.

I know there is networking going on. I get emails from several people about all kinds of local developments. There are a handful of decent local blogs that produce real research on FOIA requests. There are several excellent blogs that cover politicians, political races, and events. There are community facebook pages that reach dozens if not hundreds of people. Where do you fall on the networking food chain? Are you attending meetings? Are you sharing information? Are you receiving emails from folks attending meetings or doing research? Are you on social media? Do you just read blogs or do you share them?

If you needed to reach 50 people about something important happening in your community; do you know who would be interested in that information and who would be likely to act on that information? Are you networked?

If not, just remember that “the powers that be” are extremely well networked. If you want to protect yourself from politicians and those feeding at the public trough, then you need to be involved in whatever network, whatever the size, in whatever form and with whatever reach, to even the playing field.

 

About Steven Brodie Tucker

Graduated with a degree in Philosophy from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Also studied economics and political science at George Mason.

2 Responses to “Networking Your Counties: Developers and Businesses are Doing It. Are You?”

  1. Gerry Baugh says:

    very well said and will take to heart interested in helping me
    you have my e-mail

  2. Building local data bases is something the Patriot movement hasn’t done a very good job at. We collect signatures and have long lists of names, but we need desperately to go to another level, including in the data base where these names can be plugged into, which issues we can call on those specific people when the issue comes up.

    First and foremost we need people who are willing to or have considered either running for elective office, or serving as liaisons for specific tasks. This was working pretty well in 2013 when the Hanover School Superintendent addressed two of the MTP group by “name”. She knew who they were because they had been attending School board meetings representing our group–she knew them well enough to know their names. Elected officials are naturally going to be more attentive to voters concerns if they are under constant scrutiny, every meeting we are there, every issue we are on their doorstep. It makes it harder for them to operate if someone is constantly looking over their shoulder, and they know it.

    Bob Shannon

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