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Uniting Americans Online discussion in New York City – June 25, 2008

Written by Steven Clift

On June 23-24, Steven Clift with E-Democracy.Org will be speaking at the Personal Democracy Forum in New York City.
I’d like to invite those interested in discussing the topic “Uniting Americans Online” on June 25, 2008 from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. to
RSVP via our wiki: http://pages.e-democracy.org/Uniting_Americans_Online_discussion_in_New_York_City

The general theme is to discuss “local up” ideas for leveraging public involvement from this amazing yet highly partisan e-campaign for the White House into sustained online civic engagement that brings Americans of all political stripes together. People are getting fired up by the e-campaign, but what will they do when the election is over?

With the right and left political blogospheres in a pitched battle to influence the mass media and Congress nationally, out discussion will focus on pragmatically on “local up” ideas. How can we leverage the millions of people signed up with national campaigns online into local opportunities where people work together across political lines all of the time. How might the tools and huge networks created to win the Presidency be turned over to those working to make their street safe, improve a local school, or involve people in local issues?

If this sounds like an interesting topic, join us.

The rough agenda will include a quick update from E-Democracy.Org about the expansion of Issues Forums (online town halls) with a chance to offer feedback as well as some highlights from the recent neighbors online discussion in DC.

The exact location is to be determined. Space may be limited.

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