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Personal Democracy Forum 2007: I have an extra ticket an I'm giving it away for free!

Thursday, May 10th, 2007

Update: Registration is now closed. The happy winner will be notified shortly.

Well, almost for free. Read on.

Some background:

I’ve been working on a little side project in the area of online dialogue and deliberation over the past few months. Nothing much to show yet, but we’re slowly making progress. I can brief you if you’re interested.

In March, I attended the Politics Online Conference 2007 in Washington D.C., which was quite insightful. Based on a few recommendations from people I respect, I bought my ticket to the 4th Annual Personal Democracy Forum shortly afterwards. PDF will be held in New York City on May 18, and I was really looking forward to going as it looks like it will be an interesting event with lots of interesting people (plus, it’s New York so what more to ask).

Unfortunately, I won’t be able to go. I have a wedding to attend that Saturday which also requires my involvement on Friday. And being that I’m in California there is no way I can make the trip (trust me, I checked).

Now, I don’t want to let my ticket go to waste. I checked with the organizers and it’s ok to transfer the ticket to someone else. It’s a USD 295 value (I paid USD 245 for early registration).

Here’s how you can pick it up.


  • Are interested in politics and the internet, and how the two fit together.
  • May have a background in dialogue and deliberation (if you follow this organization you probably know what I’m talking about).
  • Can be a student (or anyone, really, who wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford the conference).
  • You have your own blog and are comfortable using social media.

In return, here’s what I would like to ask of you:

  • In addition to the paid conference, you should make sure to participate in the PDF Unconference on Saturday, May 19 as well.
  • As much as possible and as much as your time during the day allows, you should document both events using whatever kind of social media you’re comfortable with (blogging, podcasting, video, Twitter — you name it).

There are no strings attached. I’m giving away the ticket for free and it’s up to you what you do with it. I won’t hold you accountable if you don’t blog etc. However, if you do I will link to you prominently.

If you’re interested, feel free to leave a comment or contact me directly. If you know someone for whom you think this might be a good opportunity, please pass them on to me.

I hope this works out and I look forward to seeing next week’s reports from the conference.

Lunch 2.0 Germany: Have a bite in Hamburg, May 29

Monday, May 7th, 2007

Don’t know for certain, but this may well have led to the creation of this.

Anyway, Lunch 2.0 is on for the first time in Germany, May 29 at cellity AG in Hamburg, Germany.

Seating is very limited so sign up fast.

Oh, and I certainly hope startups in other cities will pick up the idea.

Update: I have confirmation that the latter was in fact inspired by having read the former. Ah, connecteur transatlantique.

Dev House Cologne

Thursday, April 26th, 2007

Check it out! The Dev House Cologne wiki just launched.

Inspired by DevHouse and Barcamp, this event aims to be a party for developers and designers to share and advance ideas, projects and visions.

No date has been set yet, but I’m pretty sure it will be super happy.

I’ve seen a need for more transatlantic bridging for quite some time now. Glad it is catching on.

I'm on

Wednesday, April 18th, 2007

Check it out: Jeremiah TV live from Web 2.0 Expo.

Barcamp Alsace 3, April 13-14, Strasbourg (France)

Saturday, April 7th, 2007

If you’re in the neighborhood, check out Barcamp Alsace 3 next week.

So many reasons why it’s probably a good idea to go:

  • Location, location, location (ok, I’ve only been to Strasbourg and the surounding Alsace region once but would go back in an instant — great food, excellent wine, among other things!)
  • World Cafe training (find out about World Cafe here, you’ll be hooked once you give it a try)
  • There will be a planning session on a possible BarCampRhine — a cross-border, cross-country (France, Switzerland, Germany) barcamp to connect innovators from various fields.  I first heard about this idea at Barcamp Berlin last year.  Glad to see this is moving forward.

Now, I obviously very much like the idea of European collaboration, especially between France and Germany.  And without sounding too melodramatic, I think it is well worth remembering every now and then that not too long ago there was a time when instead of working together we used to shoot at each other.

So yes, Barcamp Alsace, BarCampRhein, WineCampFrance — come one, come all!

Deutschlandradio on Web Monday

Tuesday, March 20th, 2007

German public broadcasting company Deutschlandradio recently aired a nice little piece on Web 2.0 and related stuff: Web 2.0 - Update für das Internet (in German)

The report includes soundbites from a recent Web Monday Cologne, which — in my view — capture quite well the intended atmosphere.  Which, in turn, is why I think this was a good idea in the first place.

Social Media Club Berlin to launch April 13

Tuesday, March 20th, 2007

Social Media Club has announced they will be launching its Berlin meetup April 13, making it the second SMC city in Europe after London.
About Social Media Club:

Social Media Club is being organized for the purpose of sharing best practices, establishing ethics and standards, and promoting media literacy around the emerging area of Social Media. This is the beginning of a global conversation about building an organization and a community where the many diverse groups of people who care about social media can come together to discover, connect, share, and learn.

The idea for Social Media Club originated in the Fall of 2005 with the Web 2point1 BrainJam. This led us to create the non-profit BrainJams organization to promote the idea of unconferences and ad-hoc collaboration to a broader audience of non-geeks. Over the course of the last year, BrainJams has brought us together with people from all over the world. As a result of thousands of conversations since, we realized that the passion we have for Social Media was the real purpose of what we were doing and have now launched this site to begin the conversation about the future of Social Media.

Social Media Club will bring together journalists, publishers, communications professionals, artists, amateur media creators, citizen journalists, teachers, students, tool makers, and other interested collaboraters. Essentially the people who create and consume media who have an interest in seeing the ‘media industry’ evolve for everyone’s benefit. We are more than just USERS, we are the reason the tools exist - we are the people who communicate our thoughts and ideas near and far.Join us and let’s shape the future together!

Another small group in Munich seems to be interested as well.

Read Oliver’s post about the London January meetup.

The inaugural Berlin meeting will be held at the ever hospitable newthinking store alongside re:publica, which I’m afraid I won’t be able to attend.

Kraut By Southwest 2008

Sunday, March 18th, 2007

At this point, this is little more than a vague idea but mark your calendars anyway if you’re thinking about flying in from Europe to attend SXSW next year.

Greetings from Washington, DC

Sunday, March 18th, 2007

It’s been a busy week. I have a few more hours to spend in sunny Washington, DC before I head back to the Bay Area. Lots of interesting content to digest, and a long list of people to follow up with.

Both South By Southwest Interactive as well as the Politics Online Conference 2007 were worth going, and I’ll try to be back next year.

Using Twitter extensively at SXSW was a fun experiment. To me, it was yet another glimpse into the future when everybody’s location will be a known fact at any given time more or less and where it will seem perfectly normal to make use of that information for the purpose of social interaction.

SXSW, baby!

Friday, March 9th, 2007

I’ll be at SXSW in Austin, TX for the first time this year. Leaving in 12 hours. Sounds like a lot of fun. I just hope Twitter will be up to the task.