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[liberationtech] Contact Summit
Jonah Silas Sheridan
jonahsilas at jonahsilas.net
Wed Mar 16 14:41:23 PDT 2011
Perhaps members of this list (this guy included!) could help facilitate
free and open means to participate in the event online, and can
help/push the organizers to build around a multi-faceted participatory
model. If we cannot gain traction on that front, perhaps a simultaneous
online convergence is called for.
Beyond the cost of the conference admission, travel and lodging costs
create a high barrier to participation for many... and this community
using the tools we have today to theorize the tools for tomorrow seems
As someone who had to bail on the muffled audio of the iTownHall even
last night, this is clearly not as technically trivial as it may seem so
will take some energy to get right.
I will be abroad at the time of the conference, but am very interested
in participating, so am admittedly scratching my own itch here. :-)
Jonah Silas Sheridan
jonah silas sheridan
npo technology consultant
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On 3/16/11 12:55 PM, jon at rejon.org wrote:
> I concur.
> jon at fabricatorz.com <mailto:jon at fabricatorz.com>
> On Mar 16, 2011 1:39 PM, "Rebecca MacKinnon"
> <rebecca.mackinnon at gmail.com <mailto:rebecca.mackinnon at gmail.com>> wrote:
> > This sounds like a conference I would very much like to attend given
> that it relates directly to my work, but while I'm not a student or a
> starving artist, I'm employed modestly by a nonprofit organization
> that doesn't cover conference travel and fees and hence $250 entrance
> on top of travel/lodging costs is quite prohibitive.
> > I imagine there are lots of people on this list in a similar position.
> > If things become more affordable for everybody in the not-for-profit
> space please do let the list know.
> > Best,
> > Rebecca
> > Rebecca MacKinnon
> > Schwartz Senior Fellow, New America Foundation
> > Co-founder, GlobalVoicesOnline.org
> > Cell: +1-617-939-3493
> > E-mail: rebecca.mackinnon at gmail.com <mailto:rebecca.mackinnon at gmail.com>
> > RConversation.blogs.com <http://RConversation.blogs.com>
> > facebook.com/rmackinnon <http://facebook.com/rmackinnon>
> > Twitter: @rmack
> > On Mar 16, 2011, at 11:42 AM, Venessa Miemis wrote:
> >> hi liberationtech!
> >> thanks adam for letting people know about the Contact Summit.
> >> ivan, i was brought on to help organize the event, and have been
> pushing for options to make it affordable for everyone.
> >> on one hand, we're encouraging "Corporate Patronage", where instead
> of just giving money to have a banner put up or some other nonsensical
> marketing ploy, organizations can directly fund the people and
> projects coming to the event, either by supporting an individual by
> paying their travel/accommodations/ticket, or by contributing cash to
> their initiatives. more about that here:
> >> (in my ideal world, a sponsor will come in and cover the cost of
> the event so admittance is free. in the meantime, doing what we can.)
> >> on the other hand, we are also offering a
> scholarship/student/starving artist rate of $95 - and thank you for
> pointing it out.... that info is not highly visible. going to get that
> fixed now. we just launched the site this morning, so there are a few
> tweaks / broken links that still need to be resolved.
> >> thanks again for the mention, and hope some of you may be able to
> >> oh also, fyi, we started a google group to discuss / collaborate on
> 'Next Net' initiatives, from ad-hoc mesh nets to alternative
> infrastructures. i've been cross-posting some stuff from here to
> there, but in case anyone wants to drop by there, the link is:
> >> cheers!
> >> venessa
> >> @venessamiemis
> >> www.emergentbydesign.com <http://www.emergentbydesign.com>
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