Monthly Archives: March 2008

Change Congress @ Harvard


I’ll be giving a new version of the Change Congress talk at the Harvard Berkman Center Friday, April 4, at 5pm, and releasing the next stage of the site’s development. Here’s the announcement at the Berkman site. Continue reading

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Me @ UPenn 4 Barack

My talk at UPenn about Barack. Download other formats at Continue reading

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Me @ Obama Rally @ UPenn


I’m going to be speaking at an Obama rally at the University of Pennsylvania (my alma mater) on Saturday, March 29, at 5pm, in Huntsman Hall – 3730 Walnut Street (or 38th and Locust Streets).
Though I’ve made slideshows for Obama (first, second), I’ve never done this. If you’re around, or have friends who are around, come! Continue reading

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Change Congress Launched

There’s also a video of the event at the Press Club on March 20, 2008, here. Continue reading

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Over the years, I’ve sometimes come to this place to ask for tech help. I’m here again. I’ve had some fantastic support from wildly overworked sorts — M. David most recently and most extensively. But I’m now in some desperate need for someone or some few who could commit some cycles to development. I’m keen to clean up the mess that is the content on my site — making my presentations more easily available, providing free format versions of everything I can, etc. That means the right sort would have experience with codecs and some design, and a taste for building systems that scale easily.
I can put together a small budget to support some of this, but not a ton. If you can help, drop a note here with your experience and a clear indication of the level of support you could offer. Continue reading

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A favorite ccKorea photo, by ph1337 at Flickr

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Just returning (actually, late for the plane) from ccKorea’s “1st International Conference.” The trip was an extraordinary rush of the happiest and saddest thoughts.
Happiest: to see how this local organization has grown. This conference was 100% locally funded and organized. There were hundreds who showed up to listen to talks about local CC artists, and talk about CC in education and in business. The key organizing of the event came from an army of CC volunteers — ranging from high schoolers to professors in local universities. And the organization has been led and inspired by key members of the Korean bar, as well as a Korean judge. Korea is the perfect example of how CC can flourish on its own internationally. And it is rare that I get so inspired that I agree to go embarrass myself at karaoke, but that’s in fact what the ccKorea team did (and no, there are no recordings).
Saddest: It finally hit me last night as Karaoke was winding down that I was in fact moving on from all this. I’ve spent much of the last 5 years flinging myself to over 40 countries to celebrate the launch of CC locally, and to other CC International events. My new work will mean I can’t do this as much. My new focus is right for me, and for CC. But not having the chance to watch this kid grow as closely as I have so far is a big and sad loss.
Thank you, ccKorea, for making this sad recognition as happy as it could be. (And thank you for sparing the world a recording of the karaoke). Continue reading

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A great new Congressman

You’ll recall I wrote about Bill Foster just after I decided not to run for Congress. He won his special election, and is now serving in Congress. He is a real geek (as opposed to what I would have been/am — a geek wanna-be), and he’s already doing amazingly great work. No doubt the GOP will work hard to unseat him in the fall, so whatever support you can give, please do. He’s the kind of CHANGE Congress needs.
Read about his first days here.
(Thanks, Richard!) Continue reading

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Obama in 30 seconds is running another ad contest. All ads will be CC licensed. I’m a judge. Here’s the announcement:

And remember the winner of the last contest (Bush in 30 seconds):
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on the vitality of free speech

That Olbermann gets television time is the best evidence that free speech lives.

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Change Congress Beta Launch


On Thursday, March 20, at 1:30 pm, at an event at the Press Club in DC, I’ll launch a beta of the Change Congress movement. If you can make the event, please RSVP (seats are filling fast). If you can’t, the event will be webcast. Continue reading

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