Done! I’ve just emailed my application for the Australia 2020 Summit. Here’s my “100 words or less on why you (or your nominee) should participate”:
Australia’s democracy, created in the age of steam trains and the telegraph, must grasp the social media and online collaboration tools already transforming our world. Not tentatively, but with bold confidence.
I know these tools and their technology — and their flaws. Practical knowledge, untainted by the need to prop up old-media empires or sell products.
Armed with a high-powered “BS Detector”, I take a forensic approach to analysing complex issues — synthesizing and explaining practical solutions in clear, unambiguous language.
My passions are aroused by issues of integrity, human rights, truth, tolerance and transparency.
The more I look through my writing, the more I see the themes of this summit session running through so many articles.
Here’s 5, chosen more or less at random:
- Enlightenment is about Conversation
- Post 801: Kill the Hallucinating Goldfish
- Arrest of “teen party host” highlights stupidity of law
- 2007: Social media goes mainstream (except for business and politics)
- PodCamp Perth 2007: Social Media and the Federal Election
False modesty aside, I really do think I can be of value in Canberra. Let’s hope steering committee members John Hartigan et al agree.