Friday, August 11, 2006

Rising Tide NOLA Bloggers Conference

On August 26, 2006, the Rising Tide Conference will be a gathering for all who wish to learn more and do more to assist New Orleans' recovery from the aftermath of the natural disasters of both Hurricane Katrina and Rita, the manmade disaster of the levee and floodwall collapses, and the incompetence of government on all levels.

Keynote speakers will be Christopher Cooper and Robert Block, authors of Disaster: Hurricane Katrina and the Failure of Homeland Security. Your's truly will be a co-moderator of a panel Influence of Journalists and Bloggers, a bloggers as new media discussion in the context of Katrina and the flood.

We will come together to dispel myths, promote facts, share personal testimonies, highlight progress and regress, discuss recovery ideas, and promote sound policies at all levels. We aim to be a "real life" demonstration of internet activism as the nation prepares to mark the one year anniversary of a massive natural disaster followed by governmental failures on a similar scale.

Official Schedule

Friday, August 25th
Setup for organizers, travel day for visitors, EVENING RECEPTION

Saturday, August 26th
VENUE: New Orleans Yacht Club, 403 N. Roadway St., New Orleans, LA
8:00 - 9:00
Keynote Address: Christopher Cooper and Robert Bloch, authors of Disaster: Hurricane Katrina and the Failure of Homeland Security.
9:15 - 10:15
Panel Discussion: Personal Viewpoints moderated by Mark Moseley
10:30 - 11:30
Think New Orleans by Alan Gutierrez
11:30 - 1:00
LUNCH (possible viewing of Katrina-related films)
1:00 - 2:00
Panel Discussion: New Orleans Politics moderated by Peter Athas
2:15 - 3:15
Panel Discussion: Influence of Journalists and Bloggers moderated by Maitri Venkat-Ramani and Mark Folse
3:30 - 4:30
Panel Discussion: Bloggers & Neighborhood Associations moderated by Morwen Madrigal and Peter Athas
4:30 - 5:30
Mixer and cash bar.

Sunday, August 27th
We have several options for your Sunday.
Work Day with Common Ground or Habitat for Humanity
Attend meeting of the African-American Leadership Council and attend church service or gospel brunch
Choice activities around town with the help of a buddy system


General Information
For more information on the conference, please email Kim Marshall.

Excellent: thanks for writing this.

Quick note: I misspelled the author's name: it's Block not Bloch.
Mark, read your email!!!!
You have a great website and it is great for the community. You should join the disscusions here as well: New Orleans community blog

Please join in the discussions there and link people back to your blog. There are already a lot of people participating daily. It is a great place to poll the communitie and see how people realy feel about the issues. This should serve to strengthen the new orleans community and NO online commlunity as a whole.
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