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A little over a week ago, I received a full briefing on the progress of the Yearly Kos convention planning, leading up to the big even in the summer of 2006. While sympathetic to the goals of the project, I watched from afar, afraid to jumpt the gun lest initial enthusiasm fade. Planning a convention is serious business, requiring serious time commitments.

But what I was shown was impressive, to say the least. So I'm aboard. This thing is going to rock, and I will do my part to help make it a success.

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Perhaps I should wax poetic on the power of open source convention planning, the way technology allows passionate people to pool their skills, time and resources in pursuit of a grand vision. But I'll save that for another day.

It's still early, and there's much work to be done. But I have complete faith in the Yearly Kos team, and will do my part to generate the sponsorships, speakers and publicity that will make this the marquee progressive event in 2006.

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Mon May 23, 2005 at 12:01 AM PDT.

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  •  I am packing my bags already! (none)
    gina and santoriello are awesome!

    History in the making!; an oasis of truth.

    by Shockwave on Mon May 23, 2005 at 12:06:35 AM PDT

  •  Hey Kos......o/t (none)
    Please read this diary about one of your advertisers.

    I will be the first to say that a lot of it is speculative but it is still suspicious and I think it deserves your attention.

  •  Thank You Markos... (none)
    And to everyone who has helped out so far, a real Community effort! This continues to be a challenging and fun ride.


  •  I just attended the Nat'l Conf on Media Reform... (none) St. Louis. It was nothing short of inspirational. A community of motivated, passionate activists working to enact affirmative change. If YearlyKos can capture that kind of environment, it will be worth everything that its organizers put into it.

    I would also like to suggest Nashville as a potential host city. This event should be in a city that has relevance to the event.

    • In June of 2006 we will be in the midst of the midterms and 1000 Kossacks parading around the capital city of the Senate's Repub leader would provide so many tasty opportunities.
    • We could have a mock launch of Frist's Pres campaign (with an appearance by Elvis).
    • Its the home of the conservative Southern Baptist Convention and the progressive Interfaith Alliance.
    • And how about snagging TN native Al Gore as a keynoter?

    The city has ample facilities, a more-or-less central location, and scads of entertaining diversions.
  •  Seattle! (4.00)
    I'm suprised it's missing from the list of locations.

    However, the most effective place would be Wichita, Kansas. It would be symbolic. You could reach out and hopefully speaking without condescention or contempt, win over a few hearts in the heartland.

    The appearance of law must be upheld, especially when it's being broken

    by Boss Tweed on Mon May 23, 2005 at 12:45:03 AM PDT

    •  Seattle... (none)
      would be GREAT for us. We could get hundreds to turn out, I'd bet. I know almost all the bloggers from Pacific NW Portal would be able to make it if it were that close.
      •  I'd love to see it in Seattle BUT . . . (none)
        there's one big downcheck to Seattle, or San Francisco or Los Angeles or New York or Boston or Miami, at least for an initial Kos convention, and that is that the cities on the west coast are pretty expensive to fly to from the east coast, and vice versa. IMO a more central location would be more accessible to groups from both coasts. A transportation hub would be best. Chicago, perhaps, or maybe St. Louis.

        Perhaps when the convention gets going on a regular basis it could be rotated around the country. The Secret Masters of Fandom who run the World Science Fiction Convention divide the country into three sections and hold it in each section once every three years (or did when I was in fandom and presumably still do), and this seems like a fair arrangement to me; but I think the first run should be as accessible as possible.

        Realize that in saying this I am probably preventing myself from going, because I don't travel much and probably wouldn't be able to get to Yearly Kos unless it's in Seattle or the environs, so I'm suggesting this for the benefit of others.

  •  I'll be there! (none)

    We're back in the U.S.S.R.
    (You don't know how lucky you are boy
    Back in the U.S.S.R!)

    by lawnorder on Mon May 23, 2005 at 12:46:52 AM PDT

  •  Sounds good (none)
    The more on the agenda, the better a reason for people to show up. If it's just a get-together, with no strategy or agenda to actually accomplish something, then it won't be nearly as successful. So it's nice to see some real work being put into this.
  •  FWIW (none)
    The classic example used with discussion of the Condorcet method is choosing the capital of Tennessee.

    Unfortunately we've had bad experiences here a dKos using the condorcet method. It's worth a shot trying again.

    Here's the website that Kos has used, but which has crashed in the past because of traffic probably.

  •  I'm going (none)
    no matter where it is.
    Already some great ideas about the format and the agenda on the yearly kos website.
    One more suggestion, thinking outside the box.
    Invite the freepers, heck i would go as far as to say invite the President, town hall meeting style of course.

    Common sense isn't that common - Voltaire

    by obgynlover on Mon May 23, 2005 at 06:18:41 AM PDT

  •  keynote (none)
    FOr a keynote, I recommend that we nominate the first big player to post a diary on dKos: the DSCC.  'Stick' kicked off what has become a landslide of national Democrats communicating directly with us netrooters, and us communicating back, in what I think is one of the most positive developments of the past year.  This should be our chance to acknowledge them.  

    It doesn't hurt that on the eve of the 2006 midterms we probably couldn't pick a more topical speaker.  

    Tom DeLay's GOP: cheating America in a time of war.

    by Tom Frank on Mon May 23, 2005 at 07:32:16 AM PDT

  •  PhotoShop fun (none)

    "The man of great wealth owes a peculiar obligation to the State, because he derives special advantages from the mere existence of government" - Teddy Roosevelt

    by mrboma on Mon May 23, 2005 at 09:08:52 AM PDT

    •  ACK! (none)
      Please don't. This is a community project, not one of mine.

      If you must, put the guy with the flag on the logo on the boat.

      •  I thought you might feel that way... (none)
        ... especially being PhotoShopped into Washington's place. Sorry.

        This wasn't intended to be an exercise in hero-worship or anything. I was just having fun. My caption "The Revolution has Started" is a reference to the way the web/netroots is reshaping politics, especially on the left. Your website is a major force in that revolution, and the convention marks a major step in the maturation process of the movement. I understand the Convention is not your project, but it bears your name for a reason.

        Again, sorry if I made you uncomfortable or offended you (or anyone else). I wont post this graphic again.

        "The man of great wealth owes a peculiar obligation to the State, because he derives special advantages from the mere existence of government" - Teddy Roosevelt

        by mrboma on Mon May 23, 2005 at 04:34:02 PM PDT

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  •  very cool (none)
    just one request...any way to get rid of the Flash stuff on the front page...once you've seen cool graphics you have seen them all, and it also makes surfing in a corporate environment risky.

    my$.02 - Collective Political and Community Journalism by NYers for NYers

    by atomicBirdsong on Mon May 23, 2005 at 02:25:23 PM PDT

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