Program information and HOW TO REGISTER NOW
(PDF) / WHO'S COMING?
Are you concerned about the future of democracy and the press? Want to mix with visionaries in multimedia technology,
politics, local online citizen journalism and media education? Want to understand the impact of multimedia technology
and the Internet on education and politics? Share ideas about what will sustain watchdog journalism?
join Helen Thomas, Rob Williams, Mike Skoler, Ellen Hume, Ed Fouhy, Teresa Hanafin, Tom Stites, Chuck Lewis,
Pingree, Steve Gray, Peter Bhatia, Chris Peck and many other visionaries
at the first
summit and conference of The Media Giraffe Project: "Democracy and Independence: Sharing News and Information in a
Connected World," June 28-July 1, 2006 at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
(Who else is
coming? Check our up-to-date wiki.)
The University of
Massachusetts, The Boston Globe, Omidyar Network, MassLive/The Republican, the New England Press Association, Corante Media Hub and other sponsors and co-conveners
are marking 230 years of American independence by gathering some of the most active journalists, educators,
political strategists and technologists to explore a simple purpose . making democracy work better.
It's a birthday event a
few days before U.S. Independence Day (July 4). There will be ice cream, cake and hundreds of smart, committed people
eager to share information and try to make a difference.
accept our invitation, you.ll be
Learn from the pioneers of citizen journalism, and find out how they are
building community on the web and in print.
Join and talk to some of the most-read and
most-insightful political bloggers about
what will happen in November, 2006, and in 2008.
Meet some of the teachers and kids who are making civic
engagement in the classroom cool -- and multimedia.
Understand the possibilities for political and group
participation -- and journalism -- opened by cutting-(and
bleeding)-edge Internet information technology.
Come for three days, or
two. And don.t plan on just listening-- At the Thurs.,
June 29 roundtable summit, join a series of small-group
discussions with skilled leaders seeking fresh ideas and solutions from ever participant.
Who else is attending?
Check the wiki-list -- and add your
Share conversation and
ideas in our "Media Cafe" . . . organize a FREE post-conference "meet
your group or friends. And at the end of the
formal program, take a summer afternoon to raft, hike, bike, view museums of cartoons, basketball, colonial America
-- attend a broadcast of "A
Prairie Home Companion"
at Tanglewood .
. . . shop . . .
or just embark on a long Independence Day weekend in rural New England.
Most important, leave Amherst with a new sense of optimism and purpose about the future of
journalism, media. . . having shared ideas and plans with kids and veterans, geeks and
techno-peasants . . . all of whom have one purpose in mind . . . fostering participatory democracy and
This is not a one-industry conference. We
want to open conversations about the future of governing and community which cross industries, cross
cultures, cross politics and cross ages. And we need your help to do it. This
exploration is taking place on a great university campus . with dozens of
volunteers helping in a non-partisan, non-profit effort.
Won.t you help by
showing up and adding your voice?
before May 29 and save 20% off the
full-event conference price of $495.00. Choose hotel lodging or stay in a university dorm room
. fresh sheets and wired Internet . for only $29.00 a night. Still short on time or money?
Choose our Friday-Saturday only track and register today for only $225. Worried about travel costs .
competitive fares are available to Hartford-Springfield.s Bradley International Airport, just over an hour from campus.
-- Bill Densmore, Norm Sims, Mary Mazzeo, Emily Moses,
Scott Walker and many collaborators on The Media Giraffe Project.