A new blog post, which must mean a new job!
It's over two and half years since I left Isobar and during that time I spent a very enjoyable 18 month stint at Berg where I helped them transition from a design studio (www.berglondon.com) to funded tech start-up (www.bergcloud.com).
After finishing up at Berg earlier this year I've spent the past couple of months having a good long think about what I really wanted to do next as I had no real desire to get dragged back in to the traditional agency world.
Over the past few years I've become increasingly active with the Green Party, which has become a real source of passion and inspiration for me, and I wanted to bring some of that into my daily working life.
So as of two weeks ago I've taken on a new role as Senior Advisor at Blue State Digital in London who are the agency responsible for much of the digital strategy and implementation for the two Obama presidential campaigns and are a great place for me to bring together my agency experience with my increasing passion for digital and political campaigning.
Blue State was born out of the ultimately unsuccessful but highly influential 2004 Howard Dean Presidential Campaign which set the bar for how political campaigns would come to be fought in the future.
From this early start they have gone on to develop an amazing pedigree around building and mobilising digital communities for brands, nonprofits and advocacy groups. They also built from the ground up a leading tech platform called the BSD Tools, a collection of campaigning and activist tools allowing organisations to quickly get going with smart, direct and targeted digital campaigns.
Blue State have put this to work for the Labour Party in the UK who have transformed their approach to grassroots and digital campaigning. However I’ll be maintaining a discreet and firm distance from this account as I’ll be continuing in my advisory role to the Green Party during my own time.
The agency is about a lot more than just political campaigning, and in London they work with an array of organisations and brands seeking build communities and create change including: 38 Degrees, Hope Not Hate, the Tate, the Body Shop, InterContinental Hotels Group, the New Economics Foundation and Which?.
So over the next few months I'll be working with the super smart London team led by the very talented Managing Director, Sam Jeffers, to refine the service offering in the UK, grow our existing clients and bring in some nice new ones, nonprofit and corporate alike.
So if you are a smart progressive client or organisation with a clear sense of purpose and looking to adopt a campaigning stance or mobilise a community then please do get in touch...