Paul Hilder

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Paul Hilder is a British-born social entrepreneur, writer and organiser. He is co-founder and Chief International Officer of Crowdpac, the platform for new politics, where he works with Steve Hilton.[1] In 2000 he co-founded openDemocracy.net, a website for debate about global politics and culture.[2][3] He helped launch the global web movement Avaaz.org in 2007, and served as one of its first campaign directors.[4] In 2010, he became Director of Campaigns for Oxfam, the global development movement. In 2012, he became Vice President of Global Campaigns at Change.org.

Hilder stood as a self-declared "outsider" candidate for the role of General Secretary of the UK Labour Party in 2011, and was described at the time as a "strong candidate".[5] In a New Statesman article in 2014, he wrote that his candidacy for the role had centred on "movement politics and democratic renewal".[6] In the same piece, Hilder reported sympathetically on Douglas Carswell's successful 2014 by-election campaign after switching from the Conservatives to UKIP and on the Scottish referendum campaign, and reported conversations on the subject of "new politics" with figures such as Jon Cruddas, Rory Stewart, Lisa Nandy, Stewart Wood, Tom Baldwin, Maurice Glasman and Robin McAlpine. Hilder argued that "over the coming months and years, this new politics will shake the British establishment to its foundations. It has many faces but a common origin: the growing consensus that the status quo is broken and old politics is actively disempowering".

In March 2016 he called for the establishment of an English Labour Party, writing that "the Labour Party will never again win a UK parliamentary majority unless it can transform its relationship with English voters."[7]

Also in March 2016, Hilder travelled around the US with the Bernie Sanders campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination. In The Guardian, he described the campaign as "a political start-up growing exponentially in a cauldron of American discontent".[8] He interviewed Zack Exley and other organizers of the campaign about their volunteer-driven approach, writing that "The Bernie campaign is working toward a political revolution" and that their digital infrastructure was "fast growing into something more powerful even than the Obama campaign". Elsewhere, he argued that the Sanders movement was "changing the laws of political physics" and that "in the most important sense, he has already won".[9]

Hilder was involved in the launch of the British campaigning movement 38 Degrees, and served as one of its board members. In 2010 he gave a TEDx talk on "The Power of Food", linked to the 2010 UN Millennium Development Goals summit.[10]

Publications[edit]

He is the author or editor of several works, including:

  • (2007) Contentious Citizens (Carnegie / Young Foundation)[11]
  • (2005) Iraqi Liberation (Oxford Research Group) [12]
  • (2005) "Open Parties? A map of 21st century democracy" [13]
  • (2005) "Move On, World" (Fabian Review)[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Crowdpac - Giving politics back to people". Crowdpac.co.uk. Retrieved 2017-08-09. 
  2. ^ [1][dead link]
  3. ^ "Anthony Barnett: a radical's fanfare". Opendemocracy.net. Retrieved 2017-08-09. 
  4. ^ [2][dead link]
  5. ^ "Labour's next General Secretary: Time for transparency - LabourList". Labourlist.org. 7 July 2011. Retrieved 2017-08-09. 
  6. ^ "A new politics? How the old political consensus is melting away". Newstatesman.com. Retrieved 2016-04-05. 
  7. ^ "Seven steps for Labour to win England - LabourList". Labourlist.org. 14 March 2016. Retrieved 2017-08-09. 
  8. ^ Hilder, Paul (12 March 2016). "It's not over til it's over: inside the Sanders campaign's do-or-die moment" – via The Guardian. 
  9. ^ "The momentum story: How the Bernie Sanders crowd can still win". Rawstory.com. 3 March 2016. Retrieved 2017-08-09. 
  10. ^ "TEDx London - Paul Hilder". YouTube. 23 November 2010. Retrieved 2017-08-09. 
  11. ^ [3][dead link]
  12. ^ "IRAQI LIBERATION?" (PDF). Oxfordresearchgroup.org.uk. Retrieved 2017-08-09. 
  13. ^ "Open parties? A map of 21st century democracy". Opendemocracy.net. Retrieved 2017-08-09. 
  14. ^ [4][dead link]