Jon Lebkowsky, editor of Extreme Democracy will be the featured speaker at The Central Texas Chapter of the World Future Society on Tuesday, December 5, 2006. It will be held at the meeting room of Marie Callender’s, 9503 Research Blvd. #400., Austin, TX 78759 (512.349.7151) at 6:00 p.m.
There are thousands of people thinking about and working on social software and they’re all very smart, so every day brings new thoughts and new developments. Jon Lebkowsky is a leading thinker in how we can use these tools and technologies to support democracy.
Jon is an authority on, and evangelist for, computer-mediated communications, social software, virtual communities, community technology, and online social networks – the VERY tools that can provide leverage to take groups like Texas Forums to scale!
He has served variously as a CEO, technology director, project manager, systems analyst, and online community developer. His current consulting practice focuses on web usability and strategy and effective use of online social technologies. He is knowledgeable of Internet policy and trends, and is a strong proponent of universal broadband access to computer networks.
A longtime proponent of online tools for civic engagement, he co-edited Extreme Democracy, a book on technology, democracy, and advocacy, and served on the organizing committee for O’Reilly’s Digital Democracy Teach-In.
There is a $20 fee that includes a three-course meal and registration is required. (click here!) I will be out of town, but strongly encourage you to attend and to buy and read Jon’s book. I hope to organize a discussion group sometime in January to explore how we can experiment with Jon’s ideas in our own work.
For more information about this event, go to: http://upcoming.org/event/128164/