Paul Hilder

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Paul Hilder in 2014

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 once worked 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.

In the 2005 general election Hilder was campaign director for Vote4Peace.org.uk which sought to support 40 anti-Iraq war MPs in marginal seats, and to help elect Liberal Democrats standing in Conservative marginal seats.[5]

Hilder previously 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".[6] In a New Statesman article in 2014, he wrote that his candidacy for the role had centred on "movement politics and democratic renewal".[7] In the same piece, Hilder reported on Douglas Carswell's successful 2014 by-election campaign after switching from the Conservatives to UKIP and on the Scottish referendum campaign, and on the subject of "new politics" through conversations with figures such as Jon Cruddas, Rory Stewart, Lisa Nandy, Stewart Wood and Maurice Glasman. 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."[8]

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".[9] 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".[10]

According to Politico, Hilder has been "cited as an inspiration by some of the leading figures in Momentum for his work on political campaigning".[11] He also appeared on The Daily Politics as a Momentum member, speaking supportively about the membership vote that shifted that movement toward a more participatory model of democracy.[12]

In a long Prospect Magazine essay in April 2017, Hilder drew on experiences "behind the scenes with winning insurgent campaigns" to make an argument that 2016 was "the West's 1989", comparing the campaigns for Donald Trump, Brexit and Bernie Sanders.[13]

In 2018 Hilder stood again for General Secretary of the Labour Party, but was not short-listed.[14][15]

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.[16] He is a trustee of the Article 1 Charitable Trust, which was founded in 2004 to lobby on issues related to Sudan and Darfur.[17]

Publications[edit]

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

  • (2007) Contentious Citizens (Carnegie / Young Foundation)[18]
  • (2005) Iraqi Liberation (Oxford Research Group) [19]
  • (2005) "Open Parties? A map of 21st century democracy" [20]
  • (2005) "Move On, World" (Fabian Review)[21]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Crowdpac - Giving politics back to people". Crowdpac.co.uk. Retrieved 2017-08-09.
  2. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2008-10-29. Retrieved 2008-08-17.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Anthony Barnett: a radical's fanfare". Opendemocracy.net. Retrieved 2017-08-09.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-15. Retrieved 2010-12-21.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ Daphna Baram, David Hencke (21 February 2005). "£100,000 defence fund for anti-war MPs". The Guardian. Retrieved 13 March 2018.
  6. ^ "Labour's next General Secretary: Time for transparency - LabourList". Labourlist.org. 7 July 2011. Retrieved 2017-08-09.
  7. ^ "A new politics? How the old political consensus is melting away". Newstatesman.com. Retrieved 2016-04-05.
  8. ^ "Seven steps for Labour to win England - LabourList". Labourlist.org. 14 March 2016. Retrieved 2017-08-09.
  9. ^ 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.
  10. ^ "The momentum story: How the Bernie Sanders crowd can still win". Rawstory.com. 3 March 2016. Retrieved 2017-08-09.
  11. ^ McTague, Tom (15 August 2016). "Jeremy Corbyn copies the Bernie Sanders playbook". Politico. Retrieved 2 March 2018.
  12. ^ "Daily Politics". BBC. 13 January 2017. Retrieved 2 March 2018.
  13. ^ Hilder, Paul (7 April 2017). "The new politics: the revolution will be digitised". Prospect Magazine. Retrieved 2 March 2018.
  14. ^ Hilder, Paul (8 March 2018). "Why I am the right person to turn Labour into a 21st century movement". New Statesman. Retrieved 16 March 2018.
  15. ^ Rodgers, Sienna (15 March 2018). "Jennie Formby and Christine Blower shortlisted for general secretary post". Labourlist. Retrieved 16 March 2018.
  16. ^ "TEDx London - Paul Hilder". YouTube. 23 November 2010. Retrieved 2017-08-09.
  17. ^ "Article 1 - Who We Are". Article 1. Retrieved 13 March 2018.
  18. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-07-07. Retrieved 2010-12-21.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  19. ^ "IRAQI LIBERATION?" (PDF). Oxfordresearchgroup.org.uk. Retrieved 2017-08-09.
  20. ^ "Open parties? A map of 21st century democracy". Opendemocracy.net. Retrieved 2017-08-09.
  21. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-27. Retrieved 2010-12-21.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)