MEDIA DEMOCRACY CONFERENCE

“A free and vibrant media, full of diverse and competing voices, is the lifeblood of America’s democracy and culture, as well as an engine of growth for its economy. Yet, in recent years, massive and unprecedented corporate consolidation has dangerously contracted the number of voices in our nation’s media. While some argue we live in an age of unprecedented diversity in media, the reality is that the vast majority of America’s news and entertainment is now commercially-produced, delivered, and controlled by a handful of giant media conglomerates seeking to minimize competition and maximize corporate profits rather than maximize competition and promote the public interest.” -The Bill of Media Rights

What is a grassroots strategy for achieving a vibrant media system in a democracy -- as opposed to a political and regulatory one? A grassroots media strategy is one that builds an independent, community-driven media infrastructure and contests for significant distribution. The Media Democracy Conference will provide an opportunity to address the questions of how to conceive of a democratic media vision, and how to take practical steps to achieve it.

WORT and Workers Independent News are the principle conveners of the Media Democracy conference.  Contact Norm Stockwell at normstoc@wort-fm.org for more info.

If you haven't already done so, be sure to register now!

Full Conference Agenda Below:

CONVENTION OPENING PLENARY with Gar Alperovitz

KEYNOTE: Gar Alperovitz on “The Next American Revolution”

with Medea Benjamin as the MC and Wisconsin Welcome by Bryan Kennedy

Date: 
August 7, 2013 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Location

Madison Masonic Center
301 Wisconsin Ave
Session type: 
Keynote
Speaker(s): 
Bryan Kennedy
Speaker(s): 
Gar Alperovitz
Speaker(s): 
Medea Benjamin

Framing the Move To Amend Message: Speaking to People's Hearts and Minds

This training will focus on how our minds work, and the implications of this for communicating
effectively with the public, elected officials and others. We will learn about how public issues are framed, as well as the roles that narrative, emotion, tone and statistics play in successful communication. Our main focus will be on improving how we talk about corporate personhood and other Move to Amend-related topics, but the tools we’ll learn can be applied to any issue. So, all are welcome to attend.

Date: 
August 8, 2013 - 11:00am - 12:30pm

Location

Madison College D429
Session type: 
Workshop
Speaker(s): 
Egberto Willies
Speaker(s): 
Kaja Rebane

CONVENTION ROUNDTABLE PLENARY

One delegate from each of the nine Democracy Convention conferences join in an animated discussion of the years ahead in the U.S. democracy movement.

Inn on the Park, 22 S. Carroll, Wisconsin Hall

Date: 
August 8, 2013 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Session type: 
Panel
Speaker(s): 
Ben Manski
Speaker(s): 
George Friday
Speaker(s): 
Jill Stein
Speaker(s): 
Leah Bolger
Speaker(s): 
Leland Pan
Speaker(s): 
Margaret Flowers
Speaker(s): 
Norm Stockwell
Speaker(s): 
Richard Monje
Speaker(s): 
Roshan Bliss
Speaker(s): 
Victoria Collier

Cartooning and Comix as a Form of Organizing

Date: 
August 9, 2013 - 9:00am - 10:30am
Session type: 
Workshop
Speaker(s): 
Mike Konopacki
Speaker(s): 
Paul Buhle

Labor Media - Building a Voice for Workers

Date: 
August 9, 2013 - 11:00am - 12:30pm
Session type: 
Workshop
Speaker(s): 
Ellen LaLuzerne
Speaker(s): 
Frank Emspak
Speaker(s): 
Norm Stockwell

Social Media as a Tool for Change

Date: 
August 9, 2013 - 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Session type: 
Workshop
Speaker(s): 
Emily Mills
Speaker(s): 
Kayla Blado
Speaker(s): 
Kent Watson

Media Democracy, Media Access: Net Neutrality, Censorship, Access/Digital Divide

Date: 
August 9, 2013 - 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Session type: 
Panel
Speaker(s): 
Amitabh Pal
Speaker(s): 
Bob McChesney
Speaker(s): 
John Nichols
Speaker(s): 
Sandy Reid

Evening Social at Osaka House

Evening Social at Osaka House (505 State St) hosted by the Economic Democracy and Representative Democracy Conferences

Date: 
August 9, 2013 - 9:00pm - 11:00pm
Session type: 
General

Local Food Democracy Reception

Sample and purchase local produce from South Central Wisconsin

Madison College Downtown Patio ~ Organized by Family Farm Defenders

Date: 
August 10, 2013 - 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Session type: 
General

Evening Social at The Rigby

Evening Social at The Rigby (119 E Main St) hosted by the Earth Democracy Conference. Head-Roc and Ryan Harvey will be performing.

Date: 
August 10, 2013 - 7:00pm - 11:00pm
Session type: 
General
Speaker(s): 
Head - Roc
Speaker(s): 
Ryan Harvey

Arts + Activism + Organization = Social Change

Date: 
August 11, 2013 - 11:00am - 12:30pm
Session type: 
Workshop
Speaker(s): 
Head - Roc

CONVENTION CLOSING PLENARY: Call to Action

The keynote address will be followed by a facilitated discussion to give each conference a chance
to share the big ideas that came out of their event as well as the next steps everyone can take to further the democracy movement in the months and years ahead.

Date: 
August 11, 2013 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Session type: 
Keynote
Speaker(s): 
Debra White Plume

Liberty Tree Foundation

The Democracy Convention is a project of Liberty Tree. Liberty Tree is uniquely committed to building a new democracy movement for the U.S.A.. We provide vital support to grassroots campaigns for democratic reform in many areas of American life, and bring those campaigns together to form a united movement for democracy.

Workers Independent News

Workers Independent News (WIN) is focused on the issues and concerns of working people. As a news service, WIN is devoted to bringing the voices of workers, their families, communities and organizations to the widest public possible, using all means of electronic media. WIN packages news for distribution to radio stations, Internet radio, websites, for podcast and print publication.

WORT 89.9FM

89.9 FM/HD Listener-Sponsored, Volunteer Powered Community Radio! Noncommercial radio & webcast emanating from Madison to South Central Wisconsin via broadcast, & available worldwide through online streaming and archives. We provide an outlet for communication, education, free expression, entertainment, training and access for the purpose of sharing musical and cultural experiences.

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