Recapping a few events from this week …
Today I ducked into the second of a three-part “Lunch for Good” series, engaging offline about how to improve life online. The event by Lunch.com (CEO JR Johnson above left) put a bunch of Webheads together to discuss increasing critical thinking online.
I’m not a big events person, but I was around for the height of the dot-com boom, and I have to say that Web 2.0 has a much better feel. Without as much money sloshing around, there is a bit more purposefulness to this redux. Since my first intro to 2.0 in 2005, that feeling has only grown. Not the most critical thinking, I know. Maybe I’ll return to this later.
photo: (cc) Kenneth Yeung – www.thelettertwo.com
Last night, I sat on a “Politics 2.0” panel in Sacramento (catch the Ustream video here, with the program starting at 1:04) with Facebook CPO and AG candidate Chris Kelly, Assemblywoman Fiona Ma, Yourpolitics.com CEO Duncan McFetridge, and Josh Franco of John Garamendi for Congress. I focused on how collaborative technologies and social media are shaking up broadcast media and traditional politics, but haven’t yet settled down enough for anyone to know quite what it all means. Or something like that.
And I was happy to hear that the Garamendi campaign really did feel the new media competition (I ran in the primary against Garamendi, the CA Lt. Governor, and got more new Twitter followers than votes out of the effort), at least according to Franco.
Monday night, along with new media enthusiast and Realtor Jonathan Fleming, I put on a second run of our “Citizen 2.0” training, urging folks from the Tri-Valley Democratic Club to lead from the grassroots using social media technologies. If you’re interested in helping lead bottom-up change using Web 2.0 tools, feel free to use our slideshow and join the Facebook page.
The week’s happenings reinforced my view that Gov 2.0 democratic reforms in governance and politics are in their infancy. The Gov 2.0 movement is not well known, social media is still pretty scary to lots of great folks, and entrenched systems aren’t going to up and change because we want them to. However, there are also plenty of folks out there wired to share, and spreading the word.
~Adriel Hampton is a San Francisco public servant and host of Government 2.0 Radio.