Big Tent Denver deadline for bloggers: Monday June 30!

I’m not going to Denver for the Democratic National Convention from August 25-28, but if you’re a blogger and are hoping to go, even though not credentialed by the DNC, check this out and apply now.  I’ve been told in a communication I’ve received that, “They are looking to include more diversity with women of color, women bloggers, women’s organizations and women in politics.”

The Big Tent will be the place to be for new media journalists, bloggers, reporters, and non-profit leaders covering the Democratic National Convention in Denver this summer.

We’re creating a 9,000 square foot, two-story structure that will house the work space for journalists, bloggers and new media, a Digg Stage with prominent national leaders, as well as a Google Retreat with a YouTube kiosk where you can make your own YouTube videos. The Big Tent will be open throughout the Democratic National Convention, Aug. 25- 28.

In the New Media Lounge, your pass will be a ticket to to enjoy all the benefits of the blogger / new media lounge, including free WiFi, work space, television-coverage, as well as free food and drinks. And you get to hang out with some of the top bloggers, new media journalists, and non-profit leaders in the country.

And in the Public Space, you can participate in panel discussions with top national leaders on a range of hot topics. There will also be workshops on blogging, community organizing, and new technologies.

The Big Tent will host sponsored happy hours each day from 4 to 5, followed by live coverage of every minute of the Democratic National Convention until 9 p.m. each night. When the Convention ends each day, the Big Tent will still be going with late-night entertainment, including concerts and films. Check back at for additional details as the convention nears.

Google is one of the sponsors and the hosts are Daily Kos, Progress Now (of which ProgressOhio is a part) and the Alliance for a Sustainable Colorado.

I consider the presence of bloggers to be an unique chance to get many first-hand reports back, filtered only by the bloggers you know, as opposed to the layers of editors in the MSM that you don’t.  If transparency means something to you in figuring out what’s really going on, these bloggers will be offering an immense quantity of information unlikely to be found anywhere else.

Not to mention having a great time while doing it – I hope, for their sake.  Though I can say that live-blogging can be exhausting!

Hattip to Shireen of Digital Sisters/Sistas (which looks to be a very cool and needed organization:

If the technology field is any indication of messages sent to women and girls research has shown that women have the least penetration in technology fields. This number decreasing by the inclusion of ethnicity and socio economic factors. Young girls are continuously sent daily messages that technology is “not for them.”

Working through enhance partnerships with community based organizations, corporations, technology centers and local schools, Digital Sisters provides assistance in closing the gender gap in technology that is plaguing single mothers. We have developed and implemented programs that promote needed life skills training and address the impact of the lack of technology skills on families. Our educational philosophy is based on a participatory and interactive learning approach.

Reminds me of the work Bill Callahan does.

4 thoughts on “Big Tent Denver deadline for bloggers: Monday June 30!

  1. I don’t know what connection there is between the DNC and this group, but I can understand the bad juju vibes. Kind of the reason I can’t imagine ever going to Netroots Nation, to be honest, although I’ve met a few women involved in that who might persuade me otherwise as time goes on.

  2. I was disappointed in how the process was done through the DNC, that said, it’s hard for me to have faith in the real belief of a Big Tent when all are not welcome.

    Watching what has been happening does not exactly inspire one to believe that diversity is really appreciated. Blind obedience has never been one of my fortes.

  3. Thank YOU for doing that work. I know this sounds so corny and I know Bill knows this (because I’ve written it before and tell him) but the life-devotion to community organizing and work inspires as well as helps so many people – and makes me feel just this side of guilty when I think about how I want to be better in my work-life integration of all the things I SAY mean something to me but feel I’m not doing enough.

    Can’t wait to meet you at BlogHer.

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