So, I filled out this questionnaire (don't think I saved a copy of it) and sent it back to them, referencing this site, etc. I emphasized the importance of getting information out at the local level and spoke about the effectiveness of the Lake Worth Talk.com site as well as this blog. I didn't expect to hear anything from them, but today I was notified that I am one of forty people they selected to waive the registration for their fourth annual conference! It's about a $350 value!
Google Scholarships:Apr 23, 2007 at 10:30 AM by Anthony Russomano
Are you a campaign staffer blazing a new trail in online politics? A
non-profit professional trying new technologies with great results? An activist
with ideas about the next big thing to change elections? Google and Personal
Democracy Forum are teaming up to offer registration scholarships that cover the
full forum cost for forty qualified political professionals to attend this year's conference on May 18th and unconference on May 19th. Successful applicants will receive free admissions to the conference based on professional experience, passion for politics, and an interest in the use of technology.
With such short notice, I am seeing if I can juggle my schedule so I can run up to New York City at the end of next week for a couple of days. Last time I was there was 1998 - that's when I met the architect Philip Johnson and met with Mr. Trump in his Trump Tower office. He "comped" my stay at Trump International which just opened north of Columbus Circle. This trip will be decidedly lower profile, if I end up going.
This is the copy of the e-mail I received today:
Congratulations! You received a PdF Google Scholarship.
Congratulations! We're pleased to announce that YOU will receive a full registration scholarship to this year's fourth annual Personal Democracy forum, presented by Google. The scholarship covers both the main conference day on Friday May 18th and
our first-ever unConference on Saturday May 19th.Both events are taking place at Schimmel Center at Pace University,located at 3 Spruce Street in downtown Manhattan. On Friday, we're
starting bright and early with a welcome breakfast at 7:30am, and opening remarks at 8:15am. Your scholarship also covers lunch on both days as wellas the attendees' cocktail party at the end of proceedings on Friday.This year is shaping up to be THE year to be at PdF, with keynoters Thomas Friedman, Larry Lessig, Yochai Benkler, Arianna Huffington, Matt Stoller,danah boyd, Farouk Olu Aregbe, Seth Godin, plus some surprise guests, and an amazing array of panels and workshops all built around the theme of the"flattening of politics."
Shortly, you will receive a confirmation email connecting you to your profile page on our conference website, which will allow you to create a profile, check off the sessions you are thinking of attending, and start networking with fellow attendees.If by some chance you cannot attend the conference, please let us know as soon as possible so we can offer your scholarship to another worthy applicant.If you have any questions, contact us.
Andrew Rasiej and
All in all, kind of cool. I'll let you know if I can make it.