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Thursday, July 3rd, 2008

Independence Day


Our friends at MobLogic were at the Personal Democracy Forum with us last week in New York. Lindsay Campbell asked attendees what they wanted to declare independence from — myself included. After the conference I spent a morning over at the MobLogic HQ to talk more about the state of America’s voting system. Stay tuned for that.

Saturday, June 21st, 2008

Personal Democracy Forum 2008

I’ll be at Personal Democracy Forum 2008 in New York next week, both for Why Tuesday? as a participant in the Idea Market, and in my role as vlogger for NPR Sunday Soapbox. I’ll be there alongside Weekend Edition Sunday Senior Supervisory Producer Davar Ardalan to bring you the best of the conference, including, perhaps, some interviews with web, political and other bigshots.

Here’s the info straight from the PDF folks:

Technology and the Internet are changing politics — now more than ever. Over the last five years, Personal Democracy Forum (PdF) has become the seminal gathering place for the growing community of people who understand the effects underway, and want to make sure they stay on top of what’s coming next.

This year PdF will be bigger and better than before–we’re expanding to two full days at a spectacular new venue overlooking Central Park, at Frederick P. Rose Hall, the home of Jazz at Lincoln Center.


Photo of Personal Democracy Forum 2007 via Ed Falk on Flickr.

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008


We often cite these words of Thomas Paine: “voting for representatives is the primary right by which all other rights are protected.” If Paine was around today, he might have changed it to vlogging and voting. The amount of people that watch and upload video to YouTube far outnumbers the amount of young people that participate in our democracy.

On YouTube you can find topics that quite literally reflect the concerns of millions of users no matter the issue — their pocketbooks, the Iraq war, the environment, genocide, health insurance… and probably whatever else you can think of.

I’d definitely recommend using a car insurance comparison site if you’re looking to renew your policy soon.

Today YouTube’s Steve Grove (a Why Tuesday? advisory board member) announced Citizentube, his successful YouTube vlog, is spinning off a Citizentube blog. Watch the video for more info.

Friday, April 11th, 2008

From Our Flickr Photostream

Constitution Center Wall

A wall at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia. More photos at http://flickr.com/whytuesday.

Tuesday, March 4th, 2008

Welcome, Idealist.org Users!


A warm welcome to those of you that have made your way here today by way of Idealist.org. If you’re new here, read a little about what we do. If you’re looking for a gig, check out the listing on our Idealist.org page.

Tuesday, March 4th, 2008

Transparency of Texas Caucus Questioned *

Friend of Why Tuesday? Noah Kunin of TheUptake.org is in Texas covering the primacaucus, and he’s uncovered something very interesting, if not disturbing. On election eve, the Texas Democratic Party was unable to provide a list of where it does and does not have precinct chairs — the individuals who will run the Texas caucus. (more…)

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Patrick, France is a post-Christian secular country. Relatively few of them attend church, and voting on Sunday does not interfere with their religious practices, because most of the population is not religious...

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