Saturday, October 04, 2008

Blogging the World: An Online Stage for Activists (a performance of Performing the World 2008)

Hosted by Nancy Hanks, with Justin Gardner, Robert Koulish, Daisy Lopez, Jackie Salit, and Lanya Shapiro AND the World Wide
Sunday, October 5, 9:00am-10:00am
All Stars Project 543 West 42nd Street (between 10th and 11th Avenues) in the Telemarketing Room

From Howard Dean to Ned Lamont to the Ron Paul Revolution and the Barack Obama "phenomenon", the internet (and the ordinary people who use it) is helping to transform politics.
Blogging is the performance of ordinary people as media personalities, pundits commentators and newsmakers—actors in the political arena, insurgents speaking out and impacting our political culture.

"Blogging the World" will address the themes of community-building, performance and development, as well as issues of technology, democracy, and activism. “Blogging the World” is a performance within a performance--a "happening within a happening", broadcast throughout the stratosblog.


Nancy Hanks HOST
The Hankster
Nancy Hanks is a long-time activist in independent politics. In 2006 she founded The Hankster, an irreverent look at the news from the eyes of the independent voter. Professionally, she is a full-time grant-writer for an international homeless youth program. She is a volunteer staffer for the Committee for a Unified Party and the Neo Independent magazine. In recent media appearances, Nancy discussed the importance of the independent voter on the SIRIUS Satellite Radio show Indie Talk Blog Bunker with Joe Salzone, and on a podcast.

Justin Gardner (via satellite)
Justin Gardner is the founder and editor of Donklephant, a popular multi-partisan political blog where readers are encouraged to discuss the ideas of the day in a respectful, honest forum. Since launching in July 2005, Donklephant has drawn over 2.5 million page views and boasts a roster of over 20 authors.

Robert Koulish (via satellite)
Kouflo Memo
(Robert twitters at
Robert Koulish is an Associate Professor of Law and Society at the University of Philadelphia. He blogs at Koulflo Memo, a politically progressive blog that emphasizes immigration, democratic media and electoral politics, as well as the occasional personal experience. Robert also works in experiential and community based teaching and learning, and is co-founder of a youth-based media and education collaborative called co-lab, and a micro-radio coalition called Baltimore Community Radio Coalition.

Daisy Lopez
True North Inc.
Daisy Lopez is an online media advertiser for one of the largest ad agencies in the world. She focuses on brand and analytics, specializing in entertainment and consumer focused verticals. Daisy brings all forms of social media strategies, with a strong concentration on blogging, social networking, and user generated to Fortune 500 corporations such as The Economist, Pitney Bowes, and Disney Channel.

Jacqueline Salit
The Neo-Independent
Jacqueline Salit is a 20-year veteran of the independent political movement. Executive editor of THE NEO-INDEPENDENT magazine, a bi-annual journal that covers the independent political movement and the independent voter, Jackie is also the President of the Committee for a Unified Independent Party (, a national 15 year-old think tank giving leadership to grassroots independents. Jackie ran NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg's successful 2001 and 2005 mayoral campaigns on the Independence Party line, effectively creating a game-changing black and independent alliance that is challenging politics-as-usual.

Lanya Shapiro
Lanya Shapiro is the founder and Executive Director of Traction, a community of young-ish (Gen X&Y) progressives and an innovative civic engagement and leadership development organization. Since 2003, she's immersed herself in progressive grassroots organizing – from the Howard Dean grassroots to consulting with SEIU, EchoDitto, Institute for America's Future, etc. Lanya's background is in public health and social work, and she spent years designing and managing award-winning large-scale health behavior change programs. Traction promotes civic participation using the same social marketing principles – more Malcolm Gladwell than politics as usual. Some say if activism is the drug, Traction is the dealer...

H/T to Fred Newman (and colleagues), Jan Wootten, Carrie Sackett, Gwen Mandell, Marcia Ford, Tyndale Publishers, Alice Rydel, SIRIUS Satellite Radio, Phyllis Goldberg, John Opdycke, Nomi Azulay, June Hirsh, Bob Conroy, Lauren Ross, Shaun Mullen, James Protzman, Joe Gandelman and all the bloggers and non-bloggers in the world who are making a difference in a world so in need of a new performance.

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