Personal Democracy Conference 2006
Tuesday, May 16, 2006 at 05:59AM
Political Mammal in Political Technology
Yesterday morning, I took a very early am train to New York to attend a daylong “personal democracy” conference in New York. Conference title: “How Technology is Changing Politics.” I went last year as well. Five of my employees (Chris Casey, Chris Massicotte, Marin Hagen, Sean Robertson, Abbey Levenshus) also attended.

I saw a bit of some of the presentations including Eliot Spitzer, Elizabeth Edwards. I also talked to many of the usual suspects that I see at political technology conferences. And I probably should have talked to a lot more people.

I myself spoke on a panel called “Making Online Work Offline and in the Field.” The panel was quite unfocused for my taste. I think these panels should be organized around extremely short answers to moderator and audience questions, rather than a series of side-by-side speeches or plugs for companies. Maybe next year I'll try to moderate a panel instead..

I was also interviewed by Sanford Dickert for a podcast of the conference – we’ll see if it actually makes it on the air/Internet.

I took a picture of Lefty in front of Penn Station for the company web site.  

I was pretty beat, so I skipped the cocktail party, took a train back, and was very happy to get home just in time to hang with my wife and daughter before we all went to sleep.
Article originally appeared on Political Mammal (
See website for complete article licensing information.