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Allison Fine is a civic futurist and writer dedicated to understanding the intersection between social change efforts and social media. Her first book, Momentum: Igniting Social Change in the Connected Age, was the winner of the Terry McAdams National Book Award and the Axiom Business Book Award.

She is a Senior Fellow on the Democracy Team at Demos: A Network for Change and Action in New York City, and a Senior Editor at the Personal Democracy Forum. Her paper, Social Citizens(beta) about the ways that young people are using social media for social change was released in May 2008 by The Case Foundation. She is a prolific writer and her articles have been published in the Boston Globe, San Jose Mercury Times and the San Francisco Chronicle. She is also a frequent contributor to the Chronicle of Philanthropy, and The Huffington Post. Fine was the Founder and Executive Director of Innovation Network, Inc. from 1992-2004 and the C.E.O. of The E-Volve Foundation in 2004-2006.

Micah L. Sifry is co-founder and editor of the Personal Democracy Forum, a website and annual conference that covers the ways technology is changing politics, and TechPresident.com group blog on how the American presidential candidates are using the web and how the web is using them.

Andrew Rasiej is a social entrepreneur, futurist, and Founder of Personal Democracy Forum, an annual conference and community website about the intersection of politics and technology. He is also the co-founder of techPresident, an award winning group blog that covers how the 2008 presidential candidates are using the web, and how voter generated content (a term he coined) is affecting the campaign. In the 2004 presidential race he served as Chairman of the Howard Dean Technology Advisory Council. In 2005 he ran a highly visible campaign for Public Advocate of New York City, running in the Democratic primary on a platform to bring low cost wireless Internet access to all New Yorkers. He co-writes a bi-weekly column for Politico.com.

Personal Democracy Forum is an annual conference and online community that covers how technology and the Internet are changing politics. Started in 2003 by Andrew Rasiej and Micah L. Sifry, Personal Democracy Forum (PdF) has become the seminal gathering place for the growing community of leaders and activists from the increasingly interconnected worlds of technology, politics, journalism, blogging, and advocacy who want to make sure they stay on top of what s coming next.

The annual Personal Democracy Forum conference is a cross-partisan event. Keynoters in past years have included: Google CEO Eric Schmidt, Stanford University Professor Larry Lessig, New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman, the Christian Coalition's Ralph Reed, Elizabeth Edwards, SEIU President Andy Stern, Arianna Huffington, Craig Newmark of Craigslist, political strategist Joe Trippi, and bloggers Markos Moulitsas, Hugh Hewitt, Jane Hamsher, Matt Stoller, and Josh Marshall.

PdF is also the home of techPresident.com, a group blog on how the candidates are using the web and how the web is using them, which was launched in February 2007. TechPresident.com covers the gamut of online campaign activities: from campaign websites, online advertising and e-mail lists to video postings on YouTube and who's got the fastest growing group of friends on social networking sites like MySpace and Facebook. TechPresident's Daily Digest e-mail newsletter has become a must-read for the many journalists, bloggers and activists who are watching how voter-generated content is changing the contours of the electoral process, and are learning how to adapt and thrive in this new world.


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  • Perfect Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Personal Democracy Press; 1st edition (September 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0981750907
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981750903
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,219,680 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I was reminded of that quote repeatedly as I consumed and absorbed this mind-expanding range of essays. This is a collection that is not only elucidating (about a broad array of subjects from all things technology to a crash-course on the Founding Fathers and their era), but also prescient and surprisingly witty. Some of the ideas are far-fetched, some will be objectionable, some are visionary and futuristic, some are already underway (or certainly should be), some are so-obvious-why-isn't-anybody-already-doing-this and all are motivational or provocative, and often both. This book should be mandatory reading for every elected representative (an expression and a concept you may feel is already antiquated after reading these essays) before their first day in office. In fact, we would be in a far better place if it were read by every member of the electorate also!

My only issue with the book was the frustration it engendered as I realized that I can't personally adopt (or even remember!) all of these new ideas, new paths and, indeed, 21st century ways of improving our selves, our communities and our shared society. Fortunately, though, we can all take great comfort - and inspiration - from seeing that there are so many people who are truly building a bridge between the best and lasting achievements of American democracy and the vast range of future, and imagined, possibilities. This is a collection that I am looking forward to re-reading as new technologies and applications continue to evolve.
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Everything needs to be upgraded ever so often... but does it also apply to the United States Government? "Rebooting America: Ideas for Redesigning American Democracy for the Internet Age" is a collection of more than forty essays from forty political thinkers with the overall idea that it may be time to revamp the fundamentals of our government. Arguing that in 1787 our founding fathers had no concept of what the Nation would become two hundred and some decades later, it's an intriguing and interesting concept. "Rebooting America" is a good read for anyone who's looking for alternative solution's to the country's problems.
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