Broadcast culture, wants the narrative, which needs conflict which results in conflict for conflict sake. Keeps us from doing democracy, we have to do it too. Cynicism, attack and defend culture prevents good people from being politicians.
Membership started with a petition, first four days:
Imagine direct mail, but its free. In 2000 raised $2.3 Million for PAC.
Having members drive issues. In 2001 Top Issues: Finance Reform, Energy/Environmental.
After 9-11 international issues came to the fore, questioned their role. People rushed to war, didn't have a way to express that. The time of vacume when the political establishment isn't addressing things is when the network can play a role. Communications technology can heal breaches between the establishment and constitutencies. User base tripled. With 48 hours, $40k raised for a NY Times ad...TV..billboards...and then war happened.
Question was if people would support more than war as an issue. We had no idea that people were steamed about leaders in Washington about media. Brought real citizens in to speak with representatives about media consolidation.
The ability to use technology to help self-organizing is phenomenon. Differs from Meetups where they pull leadership into the picture. Virtual March on Washington to schedule calls into congress.
Emerging Public Mind has organizations play a role as centers within this set of connections. Supports organizations coming together, something you don't hear when reading about Emergent Democracy. Happened in days for the war.
Global Vigil for Peace organized in 4 days. My role is to say "yeah!" the yes we can do it message (emergent leadership). What led the NY Times writer to use the term "Second Superpower."
Leadership -> Listen -> Strong vision. Big Ears
You have to figure out ways to listen, say things that are sensible and moderate in this media. Monitors discussion groups, best thread, rated posts
Leadership -> Serve -> dedication
Leadership -> Trust -> that people are not stupid and will do good work and will step up
The talent isn't in DC. Despite the Hiter ad instance, trust and move on.
Leadership -> Engage -> every time they engaged people it created an inflection point
Someone used the idea of political capital and it damaged the system forever (a great point, makes me second guess using the term social capital, although its harder to hoard)
Leadership -> Connect
Emergent Democracy: its not direct democracy or representative democracy Connection is the underlying thing that creates a vibrant and diverse system -- his core political believe. There is an emergent public mind. But what is its nature? What can we do to have a happy ending?
Shows some of the Bush in 30 Seconds ads. Randomly chose 20 a day, allowed voting and the best stuff emerged to the top. We have a lot of really funny stuff that is actually fairly centrist. (the ones he showed didn't seem to centrist).
"We have this theory that what comes from us will resonate in general," very different from Washington's segment and conquer approach. Tested the winner against focus groups and it polled off the charts.
On George Soros, meet and greet initially, now he is doing matching funds of 1:2.
Kevin Burton: Blog?
They will blog after 2004. An issue of having content on the site. Opposition research goes through what you publish. For now its the online forum and email. The alternative is to have links to other discussions.
What he should do is to start a blog that only excerpts and links to other blogs, which will catalyze others
There is frequently things you don't see on the site. For example congressional activities in different activities.
Flying Toasters: Jack Eastman did a 4 frame animation and needed content to show and walked in his kitchen and sketched it. He said, "ship it"
Don't make a logo with little people on it. People are not little.
Jay Rosen: Reality Check Fund: Mutual fund for public interest journalism that attracts project and supports off-beat investigative journalism.
You wouldn't believe how much of a vacume exists in the sector, lots of opportunity for others.
Tim: How do you get the dialogue across the divide?
You pull people in not through extreme partisan rhetoric, but civil discourse I wish people would do some work to find out what is really going on. We are not feeling the classical pull to the center. We share a great deal, but have an overlay of team behavior.
Kevin Burton: How can we help you?
The technology that underlies emergent democracy...we use our own platform and some open source, but to go forward to look at the tools and techniques...lower the barrier to entry and let it operate at scale.
I'm very concerned that we take political speech on the Internet for granted and we forget that it is a commercial medium. From the standpoint of the law there is no such thing as a public space.