Aldon Hynes's blog

Thanksgiving Eve

I woke in the middle of the night and couldn't sleep. I spent some time surfing Blog Explosion, and catching up on my emails.

Today was not especially productive. I did spend some time working with the new version of CivicSpace, and played a little with Media Wiki.

A Question of Values

(Originally published in Greater Democracy)

The phrase, “A Question of Values” reminds me of something from my college days, a symposium or something like that. I can’t quite put my finger on it. Whatever it was, it seems as if “A Question of Values” is something we need to thinking about.

At Wooster, I started off a religion major and ended up becoming a philosophy major. Back then, I read a wide spectrum of magazines about Christianity from Christian Century, to Christianity Today to Sojourners.

As people start talking about the ‘moral values’ that some polls say was such an important aspect of the past election, I was interested to read this article in Sojourners. It has a good exploration into what people really think about ‘moral values’, aided by this poll from Zogby.

Good Apple News Alliance

A few weeks ago I went to a workshop about changing the media for a better world. You can see some of my comments about that here.

Since that conference, there continues to be a lot of discussion about what we should do next. One idea that has come up is having some sort of association or alliance of ‘Good News’ or ‘Positive News’ people. You can see some of the discussion about the ideas for a ‘Good Apple News Service’ here.

My experience with the Progressive Blog Alliance led me to start putting together the workings for an ad hoc Good Apples News Alliance. I’ve set up a blogroll, which you can see on the left hand side of this screen. If you run a Good News site of any type, please contact me about adding this blogroll to your site and about making sure that your site is listed on the blogroll. If you run a site that needs help of some kind, also let me know, and we can try to find people that can help.

You can also leave requests here in the comments section.

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STG cause du jour

Today, I received an email from Strengthen the Good about their cause du jour, An English Library For Teenagers In Bratislava, Slovakia.

Follow the link, and think about helping out.

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DNC, Meetups, and family

Recently, Zephyr Teachout wrote, Come Together, Right Now: The Internet's Unlit Fuse. It is a great entry, with an interesting following discussion that everyone should read. I’ve scanned it, but not spent the time with it that I want to. There has been another discussion on various mailing lists about Meetups, and I’ve added a few comments to these discussions, and pointed people to Zephyr’s post.

In other news, the AP is reporting that Gov. Vilsack will not seek to become the chair of the DNC. It will be interesting to see how this effects the positioning by various people, including Howard Dean, to become DNC chair.

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