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How to add feeds to a blogroll

(Note: I initially wrote this as an email to a person asking about how to make a blogroll out of the nonprofit blog exchange tags, see the Non Profit Blog Exchange block on the left hand side. However people have asked me to spread it around, so I'm posting it here as well.)

There are several different ways of making a blogroll of tags depending on the type of blogging software that you use. In my case, I use CivicSpace or Drupal. With these systems, you can subscribe to the RSS feed from and display the results of the subscription in a block on the side of the screen. It is fairly easy with a CivicSpace or Drupal site. If anyone has questions about doing this in CivicSpace, they should contact me.

Live blogging the Santos/Vinnick Debate

Over at we will live blog and talk about the Santos/Vinnick debate. For those of you who don’t watch the West Wing television show, this is going to be a live presidential debate between the characters Matt Santos and Arnold Vinnick. I hope you can join the discussion there.

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A New Content Supplier

(Originally published in Greater Democracy).

Back in August, I wrote about Political Network Topologies, drawing a distinction between two models of politics, one in terms of social networks and the other in terms of citizens as consumers. Jock added a comment pointing me to the work of Anna Nagurney from Umass on supernetworks.

I listened her keynote at MeshForum 2005 and started thinking in different ways about networks. Usually, when I think about networks, I think about nodes and links. However, she points out the importance of the flow on the network as well.

Yesterday, Grant McCracken wrote about brands as a new content provider. He focuses on the ‘flow’ aspects of social networks and how this flow is essential to sustaining social networks. He goes on to suggest that brands may be an important source of ‘flow’ for social networks, thus bringing together ideas of politics as a social network and politics as a group of citizens as consumers.


November 4th is a special day for me. Sixty-one years ago, my wife’s mother was born. She died six years ago, on my wife’s birthday. Five years ago, my wife and I got married on November 4th and four years ago, we baptized Fiona on November 4th.

So, last night, we went to hear Tish Hinojosa at Music for a Change. Kim and I had heard Tish in concert a couple other times and really like her. Be had bought one of her CDs which has become a favorite of Fiona’s.

It was a nice sized crowd, I would guess around 100 people. The auditorium was small and intimate. Fiona requested a song and there was nice back and forth with the crowd.


(Originally published at Greater Democracy.)

Over on Full Circle Online Interaction Blog, Nancy White asks, “How should we select our Keynote speakers?” She points to this blog post where Andrew observes, “Sitting in conferences I have often looked around at the audience and thought about the incredible opportunity for discovery which lies within”.

When I first read these posts, I thought of conferences I’ve been to where the keynote speaker or the panelists are sitting in front of a large screen with an online chat behind them. There have been great discussions that have taken place in such chats. Take a look at the Personal Democracy Forum Backchat for a good example.

My thought is that the best Keynote speakers, and for that matter the best leaders of any sort are likely to be those that can work well with a public backchat going on.

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