SuperSpade Quick Notes Summary for 2008-06-07

  • Day one is done. The best part of these conferences is the networking. It was cool meeting blacknetaction folks in person. #ncmr #
  • Text messaging is not going to be a valid fundraisng tool for a while unless someone writes good tools for it. That person could be me. #
  • Does the netroots REALLY give a voice to “regular” people, or does it give voice to a different set of people. The 2 are NOT the same. #
  • @baratunde I agree that people have a responsibility to hold up their end of the investment in Barack Obama. #
  • News 4 The People: 5 minutes of radio per hour. Small ask. Big difference. Good idea. #
  • Looking forward to this Organizing for Change on the Social Web with my man Chris Rabb, @ruby, @craignewmark, moderated by @randomdeanna. #
  • @ruby just used the term “network-centric advocacy” to describe using social media to create change. It’s a good way to characterize it. #
  • Another term from the Organizing for Change on the Social Web ( cultural accupuncture, or applying focused pressure. #
  • A Black, family-owned news paper that has been family owned for 5 generations: That is inspirational. #ncmr #
  • Another term: digital capital. It’s the value of your online social relationships. Term coined by Chris Rabb ( #


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 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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