Since 2004, Personal Democracy Media has helped nurture a world-wide conversation about technology’s impact on government and politics, and society with a conference, Personal Democracy Forum (PDF), that takes place in New York every year.
This year, the conference comes to Italy for the first time. It will take place in Rome on September 29th. PDF Italia will focus on the impact of data on society and its consequences for all its actors, most of all on citizens.
PDF Italia will be part of Innovation Week, a week of debates, meetings and forums dedicated to the new frontiers in the digital revolution, with topics ranging from Open Hardware to Social Innovation and Democracy, from City Makers in the Collaborative Economy to Open Data and Impact Finance.
The highlight of the week will be the second edition of the European Maker Faire.
The Maker Faire is the largest exhibition in the world dedicated to the innovation, creativity and enterprise, an event for families and lovers of the “do it yourself” spirit but also the celebration of the Makers movement.
Innovation Week is promoted by the Chamber of Commerce in Rome and organized by its specialist Agency – Asset-Camera.
Technology and the Internet are changing democracy in America. This site is one hub for the conversation already underway between political practitioners and technologists, as well as anyone invigorated by the potential of all this to open up the process and engage more people in all the things that we can and must do together as citizens. We value your input and ideas.
Democracy is changing.
A new force, rooted in new tools and practices built on and around the Internet, is rising alongside the old system of money intensive broadcast politics.
Today, for almost no money, anyone can be a reporter, a community organizer, an ad-maker, a publisher, a money-raiser, or a leader.
If what they have to say is compelling, it will spread.
The cost of finding like-minded souls, banding together, and speaking to the powerful has dropped to almost zero.
Networked voices are reviving the civic conversation.
More people, everyday, are discovering this new power. After years of being treated like passive subjects of marketing and manipulation, citizens want to be heard.
Members expect a say in the decision-making process of the networked organizations they join. Readers want to talk back to the news-makers. Citizens are insisting on more openness and transparency from government and from corporations too.
All the old institutions and players – big money, top-down parties, big-foot journalism, cloistered organizations – must adapt fast or face losing status and power, and some of them are. That evolution is happening as some governments, political organizations, businesses and nonprofits begin to embrace participation and transparency.
The realization of “Personal Democracy,” where everyone is a full participant, is coming.
Since 2004, Personal Democracy Media has helped nurture a world-wide conversation about technology’s impact on government and politics, and society – providing a place to meet the people who are making that change happen, discover the tools powering the new civic conversation, spot the early trends, and to share in understanding and embracing this dynamic new force. Many of those who are challenging the status quo, learned what they know, or found people to collaborate with, by being a part of Personal Democracy Media.
Now as Personal Democracy Media, that effort will grow as we work to contribute authoritative news, tools and resources focused on adapting to and thriving in a world where together we are building and fulfilling the promise of a 21st century democracy.