Netroots Nation 2011…

This is my first Netroots Nation conference and I must say I leave feeling very impressed, but also pretty overwhelmed. Being surrounded by so many people who blog for a living or just getting their message out to the masses had my head spinning. Techniques that were shared in several of the sessions I attended made me want to run out and write about the conference.

Welcome to Netroots Nation...

Being somewhat of a neophyte to the world of blogging, it was pretty damn cool networking with the powerhouses of the blogosphere and picking their brains on best practices  has given me more confidence to tell my stories. The sessions ranged from storytelling to getting technology into poor areas just to name a few.

Freedom from Fear Awards Program

If you don’t know about Netroots Nation, it was started a few years ago during the Howard Dean ‘fifty state’ strategy to become the President of the United States. The strategy was to pull progressives, new school liberals together using social networking as a medium to connect people all across this country and across the world for that matter. The movement took a life of its own and this week-end the conference attendance was the highest one to date, 3000.

These people care about what is happening to our country and they want to restore the American Dream, so let’s work hard to make this happen. Next years conference will be held in Providence, RI the goal is to double this years numbers. I hope to see you there!


Right to Organize…

After watching eight plus days of the people of Egypt presenting how to organize behind a cause, to you purist, it’s “issue organizing.” To watch all of the different media coverage of all (most) of the events going on was amazing. Looking at the mass of people gathering Tahrir Square, some praying, some people (tagged as) Christian onlookers, to some just violating the curfew in protest of the Mubarak government.        

The demonstrations were against just that premise, Mubarak’s government, what it seems like to me, is that ‘ A Free Democratic’ process is catching on, Globally. No longer will presidents serve 30 years! Wait, 3 decades can you imagine that for a career…

I must say I am impressed by the Obama administration handling of this crisis realizing how critical a “smooth” transition is to the United States. Stability in Egypt and the Middle East for that matter was the central theme in the President address this evening.

However, I want to turn the focus back on the strong, determined men and women of Egypt. As I watched several hours, days of the protests, I couldn’t help but highlight how well organized they are. Even after the Mubarak shot-down assess to the internet, cell phones and yes Twitter, Facebook! Now, you’re treading on thin ice, preventing people to utilize their rights to communicate freely.

There needs to be a huge shout-out to the ‘organizers’ of the many events and the capacity that each one of them showed. And the Egyptian Army for demonstrating restraint against its own people. Well done!

Now, I sit here listening to the newly elected governor of Wisconsin, Scott Walker talking about nothing but doom and gloom on the economic conditions ahead. Nothing good! People in Wisconsin need to focus on staying above the fray and reaching out to our neighbors, members of our churches, supermarket pals, you name it. This will allow us to fight and address our concerns of threats of cuts of benefit, raising the pension cost, raising premiums on health care, to save jobs. Let’s get ORGANIZED!

Is this what you wanted in November? Ask yourself!


I Luv My BlackBerry

By not placing any of my thoughts on my blog in a few days, a video about BlackBerry Messenger prompted my post. One of the items modified for extreme use in the 21st century is the cell phone, in this case my BlackBerry Bold 9700. This is a 2nd generation for me, I had the 9000 and it rocked, but not like its upgraded version, the 9700. The sheer power of the unit gives me the feeling of having a ‘mini-mega’ computer connected to my belt.

I use it to make unlimited calls anywhere in America in my plan and a little extra if I call to some of the neighboring continents. Keeps my connection to my job by using things like email, documents, contacts, and calendar. My ‘social networking’ world is not neglected, with a battery of apps to keep me plugged in. However, the motivator for this post is this youtube clip about BlackBerry Messenger.

BlackBerry Messenger one small step for man, one giant step for mankind!