Rebuild and Reboot – Movement and Network

COMMUNITY MEDIA, site NEIGHBORHOOD TECHNOLOGY AND DIGITAL EXCELLENCE

Do you know these people?

Thom Clark. Michael Maranda. Lowry Taylor. Bruce Montgomery, skincare Nicol Turner Lee. Shaz Rasul. Vincent Caskill. Nichole Pinkard. Sandee Kastrul. Rose Mabwa.

Now, these may not be names you see every day in the paper, but to the foundation executives, non-profit agencies and city officials in the know, these are some of the people who make it happen in Chicago’s neighborhoods, bringing resources, training and capacity-building support to hundreds of Chicago non-profits and hundreds of thousands of local residents in every underserved community in Chicago.

CHICAGO: The Neighborhood Technology Leader.

Whether you know it or not, Chicago leads the way in neighborhood technology and digital inclusion activities, as the recent first-in-the-country broadband grants given to the city totalling over $21.7 million dollars proved conclusively. Yet who are the people who behind the scenes and out of the public spotlight for 20 years created more than 600 technology centers, 100 training programs, 300+ non-profit agencies and more? Who coined and popularized the terms “digital excellence, digital demonstration communities” that got the attention of federal officials?

On Friday, October 29, 2010, Meet The People Leading The Neighborhood Digital Excellence Movement!

Well, you can find out on Friday, October 29, 2010! Some of the most talented and creative people creating the innovative programs and initiatives on the neighborhood technology scene – the people who defined and coined the term “digital excellence” – are just some of the more than two dozen speakers and presenters, from both the local and national scene, that will be present on Friday, October 29, 2010, as the Chicago Digital Access Alliance Inc. presents the 1st Chicago Neighborhood Digital Excellence Conference and Technology Fair (DexCon2010).

HOSTED BY DEPAUL EGAN CENTER, 1 EAST JACKSON IN DOWNTOWN CHICAGO

This unique first-of-its-kind in the country one-day conference will be held at the DePaul University Egan Center in downtown Chicago, 1 East Jackson Boulevard, Lower Level, between 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.

A FULL DAY OF WORKSHOPS, A LUNCHEON, ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSIONS AND A DIGITAL EXCELLENCE RECOGNITION RECEPTION

The day-long conference, focused on digital excellence activities, practitioners and learning opportunities, is expected to draw several hundred people from throughout metropolitan Chicago. Activities include morning workshops, a luncheon with a nationally-known keynote speaker, afternoon discussion sessions and a digital excellence roadshow recognition reception honoring digital excellence practitioners and advocates from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. on the lower level.

WHO WILL BE AT THE CONFERENCE? AND WHY SHOULD YOU BE?

We expect 200 individuals, 50 non-profits, representatives from 25 foundations and people from around the Midwest to be in attendance at the conference. WE HOPE YOU WILL JOIN US.

THE OFFICIAL WEBSITE

All the conference details are contained here. Check here and on our Facebook page and Twitter feed #DexCon2010 @cdaadigital for all the details. And you can officially register for the conference here via Paypal and Google Checkout.

Keep checking here for details on the conference and all the activities of the Chicago Digital Access Alliance Inc. – Neighborhoods Connected, Citizens Empowered(tm)

On October 30, purchase following upon the Digital Excellence Conference convened by the Chicago Digital Access Alliance, we are holding a working session to establish an organization and network in service to the field encompassing Community Technology, Community Media and Community Networking, addressing and inviting all who have gathered to remediate Digital and Social Divides under banners of Literacy, Access, Inclusion, Excellence and Justice.

We believe that a new way of working together is emerging and that our message to our communities is more pertinent than ever, and that we are stronger when we establish resources in common and share solutions freely across the network.

This is not a relaunch.  It is something more profound.  We honor the heritage of our field by finding a way forward, one suited to our present situation, one that builds upon what we have learned.

We have much experience in this community, and we are clearly ready to refactor, rebuild and reboot the movement and the network.  We will determine the functions, services and capacities we need and desire for the field, and we will coordinate efforts to bring them online in a manner that serves the field as a whole, building upon capacities already under development when possible and operating from a perspective of shared, open stewardship.

We’re looking to grow our field, and to demonstrate it’s relevance to every facet of community and civic life.  Many are engaged in the work and have not found us, their peer-community.  We’re looking to establish a way for them to find us as we found each other, and for all to find a way to take up a meaningful share of the work.

We would love for all who wish to come to be there.  This is an open call to everyone serving our field.   You are invited to join the working meeting on October 30, or to step up in any way that may support this effort.  (All are likewise invited to attend the Digital Excellence Conference, October 29.)

Many have already expressed support for this endeavor, but not all are able to attend.  For some, the obstacle is scheduling, for others there are fiscal constraints.  Perhaps we can find creative ways to address the latter.

There will be several channels for involvement leading up to and following the meeting.  

First among them is a discussion list:  http://groups.google.com/group/rebuild-reboot All who wish to attend or otherwise support the work should subscribe and participate.  Please signify on that list whether you plan to join us for the meeting or if you can support this effort in some other way.

Please also spread the word on this meeting and the conference.  Tell us who you think should be there.  Better yet, tell them.

Michael Maranda
Rebuild-Reboot Committee

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