Cool Foursquare Personal Story

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My older brother and my two cousins, one of which lives in Spain and have not seen for 10 years!

This is a small but very profound story about how we were able to track down my cousin who was in NY visiting from Spain thanks to Foursquare.

My cousin Chrissy was in NY for the week with her sister Tophina. I have not seen her for over a decade and she was one of my favorite cousins (at least after I hit adolescences and stopped hating her as I did as a child).   Naturally I took Sunday to spend the day in NY with my family.  We were playing by ear when and where we would meet.  I did not have Chrissy’s temporary number but my brother had Tophina’s number.  Unfortunately, my brother David could not get in touch with Tophina as she did not have reception.   So I decided to look on foursquare and low and behold Chrissy checked in at the Metropolitan Museum in NY.

So my family and I road down to the Met and hung out, witnessing the thousands of people marching in protest of the Stop and Frisks laws of NYC.   We stayed an hour until Tophina called us and told us to meet them at the Boathouse of Central Park.   We spent a wonderful afternoon with them enjoying beautiful weather, relaxed ambiance and of course great drinks with family.   If it was not for foursquare, it would have been much more difficult to get in touch and likely my patience would have sent me back home without seeing my beautiful cousins or witness a powerful movement unfold.

Long story short, being online and being present really helps people connect with you in more profound ways and for very promising results and experiences.   High five Foursquare!

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Moral Outreach and NJ CD9 Congressional Campaign 2012

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Some of the young leaders recruited through traditional organizing. This was definitely an amazing group of advocates for the Congressman!

Moral Outreach Group was recently contracted to do Field Organizing and Outreach Work for Congressman Bill Pascrell during his successful re-election campaign as the Democratic nominee for New Jersey’s 9th Congressional District.  This three month project that started in late February has been a personal and professional life altering experience.

It was our first political campaign of such size and we did not disappoint.   Aside from representing the Congressman’s field team during events and activities, we managed the campaign in Passaic, NJ which resulted, along with Paterson, NJ to produce 50% of the vote total that gave the Congressman the Democratic Nomination.  We used social media and traditional organizing  skills to recruit supporters who worked to reach out to thousands of people who we identified and eventually got out to vote.

We definitely did not work by ourselves.  We were a part of a larger team of professionals who were passionate about their work with the Congressman and worked hard to achieve our landslide victory.   As a result, we are back to work and ready to reach out to the business community and launch a project to connect with our small business constituency along with the North Jersey Regional Chamber of Commerce and Wireless Zone of Clifton, a national franchise for Verizon Wireless with over 400 stores nationwide . More on this later!

We wish the best of luck to Congressman Bill Pascrell and that he continues his great representation of the hard working class of North Jersey.   We look forward to other political campaigns but for now, launching social campaigns for mobile business professionals is our area of growth potential.  Hope you join us for the ride!

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