What The SuperSpade is up to

It’s been quiet around here lately, and I apologize for that. Despite the apparent silence, some great things have been in the works and will be coming down the pipe shortly. Here’s what we’ve been up to:

Michigan Policy Summit

Brandon hit a home run with his Michigan Policy Summit a couple of weeks ago. The nationally-recognized, progressive voices of Amy Goodman and Jim Hightower keynoted the event, but the most important parts of the Summit were the training sessions and regional breakouts that gave activists chances to network and plan what to do to advance the progressive agenda throughout the great state of Michigan.

Here are some pictures from the event taken by an attendee.

National Conference for Media Reform

I will be participating in the Free Press 2008 National Conference for Media Reform, which June 6-8 in Minneapolis, MN. Specifically, I will be speaking as part of panel on the final day of the conference entitled “Where We’ll Take It: Young Leaders on the Future of Media“. In this session, I’ll be sharing my vision for progressive leadership in the 21st century. I wrote about why I’m attending this year’s conference at the Free Press blog. I’d encourage as many of you that are able to register and attend.

You may remember my attendance of this conference last year. I had an amazing time, and the relationships that began there have layed the foundation for some of the great work that The SuperSpade has done over the past year.

One Love. One II.

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About Garlin Gilchrist II

I am the City of Detroit's first ever Deputy Technology Director for Civic Community Engagement. My job is to open up the city's public data and information for the consumption and benefit of all Detroiters. I currently live in Detroit, my hometown, with my beautiful wife Ellen and our twins Garlin III and Emily Grace. I'm from Detroit. I created Detroit Diaspora, and was formerly the National Campaign Director at MoveOn.org. I also co-hosted The #WinReport on "The Good Fight," a an award winning, nationally syndicated radio show that was one of Apple's Best of 2013. After graduating with degrees in Computer Engineering and Computer Science from the University of Michigan, I became a Software Engineer at Microsoft. By day, I helped build SharePoint into the fastest growth product in the company's history. On my personal time, I sought out opportunities to connect my technical skills with community building efforts across the country. This led to my co-founding The SuperSpade: Black Thought at the Highest Level, a leading Black political blog. I served as Social Media Manager for the 2008 Obama campaign in Washington, and then became Director of New Media at the Center for Community Change. I spent two years creating and implementing a strategy for the Center to take it's 40 years of community organizing experience into the digital age. I speak before diverse audiences on effective & responsive government, empowerment in revolutionary new organizing spaces, increasing civic engagement & participation through emerging technologies and protecting civil rights in the age of the Internet. Full bio here.

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