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.
As I’ve mentioned before, my referees were Adam Salzer are Zern Liew. Nice to have one at each end of the alphabet, eh?
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.
3 Replies to “My Australia 2020 application… done!”
Excellent! My government has replied (via Macquarie Corporate Telecommunications Carrier Services Pty Ltd):
I anxiously await “the near future”.
Hey, good luck. I applied too — for the youth summit. Am currently waiting to see if accepted. Hope so!
@Katie: A good time to say “Good luck” to everyone who’s applied, I guess… I wish they’d just bloody well get on with it!
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