Volunteers for Meetup.com and the Huffington Post passed out name tags on the National Mall before the inauguration for people to fill out and wear in the spirit of getting to know their fellow Americans. The back of the name tags had a list of recommendations on how to use the online social organizing and networking site Meetup and motivation to get started: "Be like Barack: Be a Community Organizer!"
With so many laid-off, people now have time to indulge their idealism. Expect to see non-profit hiring and launching rise in 2009. With the economy this bad, Wall Street crippled by its own greed, and jobs hard to come by, people will look for work with meaning, even if it means they have to start their own non-profit.