March 13-17, Austin will be buzzing with web and new media professionals and enthusiasts for the South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive conference, part of the entire SXSW festival which includes music and film and spans over a week of events.
I found out a couple of days ago that I will be leading a Core Conversation that I proposed a few months ago. It’s entitled “Whitehouse.gov 2.0: Upgrading to Open Source Government.” What that means is I’ll be primarily operating in the role of facilitator for a discussion about how the new national administration can provide more open dialogue through new media and use of the Internet.
Here’s how I described the session in my proposal: “The 2004 and 2008 campaigns’ use of collaborative tools, blogs and social networking have shown citizen activism and online communities can wield powerful influence. In 2009, our challenge becomes how to harness these tools in order to reopen the policy-making process.”
I hope to produce a report of the recommendations that come out of the discussion to submit to the new administration and I’m looking forward to getting as many people involved with this as possible. Please join me at SXSW in Austin!
(Cross posted from the FutureCampaigns blog.)