Get yer red, hot (and free) tickets for Converge South, October 7 & 8.
A group of Greensboro volunteers recently announced that Greensboro has organized to host the inaugural year’s edition of ConvergeSouth, the South’s first free conference focused on moving North Carolina toward breakthroughs in creativity and diversity on the Internet. Exploring the digital revolution in publishing and expression, ConvergeSouth focuses on radical digital publishing and entertainment.
I’ll be speaking about OrangePolitics.org at a Friday session, and on Saturday morning I will lead a session on Online advocacy. (And then I will be taking off to attend an old friend’s wedding in Chapel Hill, oops!) Our activism session will go a little something like this:
- How is online activism different from “off-line” activism? How is it the same?
- What are some of the most effective examples of using the Internet for political and social change? What can we learn from these?
- What makes online advocacy effective? What might make it more powerful?
- What are some of the coolest and/or most effective tools for online action and organizing? (What’s the difference between cool and effective?)
- How can we integrate our online and offline activism for maximum potential?
Some links to spark ideas and conversation…
- What is all this blog stuff and why should I care? presentation on network-centric advocacy
- Power to the Edges report on online citizen engagement
- Network-centric advocacy blog
- Extreme Democracy book/blog for networked activists
- Rather/MemoGate and SBC/SinclairWatch
ConvergeSouth is shaping up to be an amazing event with some of the most interesting bloggers participating. Just on Saturday we will see Atrios, RocketBoom, the founder of Wikipedia, the blogfather Dave Winer, and others.