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Joe Trippi          

Innovative Political Strategist

Joe Trippi – heralded on the cover of The New Republic as the man who “reinvented campaigning” – is widely recognized as one of America’s leading and most influential political strategists. Trippi has run and consulted on numerous presidential, senate, congressional, gubernatorial and mayoral races, including the successful campaigns of U.S. Senator Alan Cranston of California, Mayor Tom Bradley of Los Angeles, Governor Bob Casey of Pennsylvania, and Congressman Tim Holden of Pennsylvania.

Trippi began his political career working on Edward M. Kennedy’s presidential campaign in 1980. His work in presidential politics continued with the campaigns of Walter Mondale, Gary Hart, Richard Gephardt, Howard Dean and, most recently, John Edwards.

In 2004, as the National Campaign Manager for Howard Dean’s presidential campaign, Trippi pioneered the use of online technology to organize what became the largest grassroots movement in presidential politics. Through his innovative use of the Internet for small-donor fundraising, “Dean for America” raised more money than any Democratic presidential campaign to that point – all with donations averaging less than $100.

In 2008, Trippi signed on with Senator John Edwards’ presidential bid as a senior advisor, focusing on messaging, Internet strategy and online engagement. He was also responsible for producing the campaign’s television spots, which were widely applauded as “innovative” and “highly creative” and among the best spots of the 2007-2008 election cycle.

Trippi also has an extensive international resume. In 1993, he worked for then PASOK leader Andrea Papandreou’s successful campaign of Prime Minister of Greece, as well as for his son, George Papandreou, in 2007. Trippi advised former British Prime Minister Tony Blair during his successful bid for a third term in 2005. In 2006, he worked for Romano Prodi on his winning race for Prime Minister of Italy. In 2007, Trippi consulted on text messaging strategies to the opposition Action Congress (AC) Party in Nigeria.

Trippi is the author of The Revolution Will Not Be Televised: Democracy, the Internet and the Overthrow of Everything, the story of how his revolutionary use of the Internet combined with an impassioned, contagious desire to overturn politics-as-usual grew into a national grassroots movement – and changed the face of American politics forever.

In addition to his political work, Trippi has consulted with a number of leading corporations including MasterCard, Toyota, DaimlerChrysler, SES Americom, LabCorp, IBM, Lionsgate Films, BestBuy, MSNBC, Wave Systems, and Progeny Linux Systems. Trippi is especially acclaimed within the technology community. In 2004, he won Wired Magazine's Rave Award for his use of innovative technology in politics. Leading Internet companies, from Yahoo! to Google to Bebo invite him to speak to their employees and affiliates.

Trippi has been profiled in The New York Times, The New Republic, Fast Company, The Atlantic, The Washington Post and The New York Times Magazine. He is a CBS News political analyst and former Harvard University Fellow.

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Speech Topics


Politics (general)

Presidential elections -Technology & Politics

Internet and how it is changing people?s lives

Media advertising

Changing people?s perceptions/opinions

Grassroots movements

How to reach voters in the 21st century

How to create a message htat breaks through

Message and Media

Empowerment Age--How the Information Age is evolving into the Empowerment Age and what corporations and politicians need to do to succeed

Corporate public relations and how it is changing in the face of new activism--the Wal-Mart example

An Army of Davids

Gone are the days where the Goliaths of politics decide the outcome of elections in smoke-filled rooms. Technology and the Internet have redistributed power to ordinary people, allowing movements to organize and leverage an “army of Davids” to take on giants in government, politics and business. Recent elections have repeatedly proven that successful campaigns hand out slingshots—they empower their supporters to do small things that together create a formidable force for change. From President Obama to Jerry Brown's successful run for Governor in California to President Goodluck Jonathan's Facebook-centric approach in Nigeria—the Internet, social media and technology have completely revolutionized the way campaigns organize, fundraise and connect with voters.

The Age of Empowerment

The Revolution Will Not be Televised

News


How Joe Trippi Found Happiness At Fox News

HOW EXACTLY did Joe Trippi end up here: in a suit, on a Segway, racing Karl Rove through the ceremonial plaza of the NASCAR Hall of Fame? What turns does a man’s life have to take?...

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