Hey, you hear a lot people talking about using the 'net to really help rebuild democracy, but Joe has really made things happen. He led the Dean campaign, which succeeded in changing electoral politics, and that change is still working its way through the system.
The big deal is that he persuaded the Dean team to let the public, his community, run the campaign to a large extent. He trusted people, and empowered individuals to run their own Dean campaigns.
(does this remind you of any eponymous community sites?)
Joe builds on the work of other pioneers, like the guys behind The Cluetrain Manifesto, particularly Dave Weinberger.
His new book, The Revolution Wiil Not Be Televised, is a compelling description of how people manged to change politics in ways that have just started. It's also a good story of life in politics, reminding me a lot of The West Wing. (Yes I know it's just tv, and I still feel that CJ, Donna, Abby, and Amy are hot.)
More on this to come!