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LAYING DOWN ROOTS

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Frobozz and Glitter

Netroots move into the metaverse.  Inspired by BarCamp, the ad-hoc open conference system, RootsCamp merges that format with Net-driven political activism with a left-of-center bent.  Perfectly timed to launch in the wake of the mid-term elections, the group will hold regular events in Second Life every day for the next week, starting tomorrow at 1pm SLT.  Unsurprisingly, they'll start with a de-brief on the elections which just brought the Democrats back in control of Congress.

It's another example of metaverse-based political activism, following a path laid by Governor Mark Warner, and others before him.  "RootsCampSL is an effort to allow people that can't make it to a physical offline RootsCamp," co-host Drew Frobozz explains, "to still be able to participate in one, and also to get the progressive Netroots up to speed with Second Life-- which we believe will be an important political organizing platform for the 2008 election."  I've previously speculated on Second Life's potential to become a virtual meet-up platform, but given the real life activist background of Drew Frobozz (here) and his co-organizer Ruby Glitter (here), I'm inclined to take that statement far more seriously, coming from them.

RootsCampSL main page is here, Thursday's 1pm event listing is here

Disclosure:  I'm a proud part-time consultant for Creative Commons, which has close working relationship with RootsCamp.

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MP:Ole

hey nice, two days ago i opened a SL Barcamp Group, feel free to join.

greez Ole

rikomatic

It's a great effort for progressive activists in the US. And Ruby and Drew are very open to your ideas and suggestions!

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