Third Annual Personal Democracy Forum | Program

The Personal Democracy Forum Conference, an intensive one-day event, took place May 15th, 2006 at the CUNY Graduate Center in New York City. It featured a stimulating cross-section of high-impact presentations, one-on-one interviews, keynote-level talks, moderated panel discussions and breakout workshops led by industry experts.

Main Hall
Breakout 1
Breakout 2
Breakout 3
Registration and Networking Breakfast

Introduction and Opening Plenary: The Changing Nature of Political Media

Andrew Rasiej, Founder, Personal Democracy Forum
Merrill Brown (moderator), Chuck Defeo, Joshua Marshall,
Chris Nolan, David L. Sifry, Ben Smith


MySpace for Politics

Micah L. Sifry (moderator), Bobby Clark, Gina Glantz, Joe Green,
Heather Holdridge, Chellie Pingree, Sheldon Rampton

Regulating Online Politics?

David Donnelly (moderator), Adam Bonin, Allison Hayward, Celia

Making Online Work Offline and in the Field

Shayna Englin (moderator),
Mindy Finn, Bill McIntyre, Nathaniel Pearlman, Laura Quinn, Stuart Shapiro

The Rising Power of Local Political Blogs

Nancy Scola (moderator),
Aldon Hynes, Juan Melli, Scott Sala,
Liza Sabater, Gur Tsabar

Keynote Address
New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer

followed by a conversation with ABC News' Mark Halperin
Lunch (Box lunch served)
Keynote Conversation
"Elizabeth Edwards, in conversation with Andrew Rasiej"
Break (and "Crashing the Gate" book signing with Jerome Armstrong and Markos Moulitsas, through 4:00pm)
Cocktail Party
at Coda

Morning Plenary: The changing nature of political media. Is the old media system irrelevant? What would bloggers do if it didn't exist? And what's the best way to lead public opinion, now?


Afternoon Plenary: Who will win online in 2006, and beyond? Top campaign strategists, technologists and bloggers will survey the landscape and place their bets.

NEW: Plenary Debate:"Net Neutrality" or "Hands Off the Internet"?Are big telcos on the verge of creating a two-tiered net? Should government get involved? Whatever the answer, we can't afford to be indifferent to this timely discussion.
Breakout sessions:

--To Blog or Not to Blog: Should campaigns or advocacy organizations adopt a blogging strategy, and if so, how to do it right.

--How to Win Friends and Influence People in the Blogosphere: Developing smart relations, and how to deal with a "blog-swarm."

--Fundraising Best Practices: How to turn supporters into donors, how to choose the right fundraising software, mistakes to avoid.

--Making Online Work Offline and in the Field: How to use your list to strengthen your field and communication operations and vice versa.

--Why Your Website is Probably Obsolete (And How to Fix it): Top political website designers will show what works, and what doesn't (submit your own site for discussion, if you dare).

--Online Political Advertising With, and Without, Money: Where to spend your money (i.e. Flash movies? Google ads? Blogs?), and how to get attention cheap, or for free.

--Is Online Video More Powerful Than TV Advertising?: Do you YouTube? Hear from pioneering videobloggers and top campaign strategists who are integrating interactive video into their efforts.

--MySpace for Politics: How campaigns and advocacy groups can use online social network platforms to create powerful political communities.

--Regulating Online Politics? The FEC, Bloggers and Campaigns: Will the feds crack down on online politics and should they? The experts speak.

--TxtMessaging and Mobile Politics--The Next Generation Platform: Hear from leaders in the rising field of phone-based fundraising and mobilization on what's over the horizon.

--Free, Easy or Cheap Tools That Anyone Can Use: Working on a small budget? You can practically run an organization or campaign for free with these tools.

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