Thursday, November 09, 2006

Engage: Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer

What next?

Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer
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Generation Engage and EngageLouisville are offering community organizations the opportunity to participate in a videoconference with Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer on November 30.

If you or your organization are interested in participating in or sponsoring this event, please read our "Invitation to Participate" (click here).

Thank you!
To the Louisville Bar Association and Central High School, the Law Magnet School for the Jefferson County Public Schools, for their willingness to support this voter education effort.

Justice Breyer in Wikipedia
The United States Supreme Court
Justice Breyer's Last Appearance in Louisville
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Los Angeles Times:

" ...Tom Daschle, the former Senate Democratic leader from South Dakota, addressed groups in New York City; Louisville, Ky.; and St. Paul, Minn., on the technology gap between urban and rural communities and the ways young people can effect change in government...."
( See the LA Times Article excerpt below. )

Thank you!

-- To everyone who participated in our "experiment" in civic engagement with Senator Tom Daschle on October 30, 2006.

Young people in three cities had the chance to question Sen. Daschle on issues that mattered to them.

Community organizations had a chance to explore how we can collaborate on community based research and technology.

And heartfelt conversation during our community roundtable October 3oth revealed strong support for continuing dialogue and exploring collaboration into the future.

The evening with Senator Daschle will be broadcast in the coming week on WYCS TV Channel 24 in Louisville. Check back here for schedule information.

Thanks again!
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Past events with ENGAGELouisville and GenerationEngage:

Sunday, November 05, 2006

LA Times Article on Engage and Youth Involvement

" ...Tom Daschle, the former Senate Democratic leader from South Dakota, addressed groups in New York City; Louisville, Ky. and St. Paul, Minn., on the technology gap between urban and rural communities and the ways young people can effect change in government...."

Los Angeles Times article excerpt:

CAMPAIGN 2006: POLITICS GOES ONLINE
Web could give young voters a voice
By Mima Mohammed, Times Staff Writer
November 5, 2006

WASHINGTON —.... Young people, many of whom have used computers since elementary school, are considered a particularly rich target for expanded online political outreach: Every day, nearly two-thirds of all 18- to 30-year-olds check their e-mail, and one-quarter use online communication tools such as Facebook or instant messaging, according to a Young Voter Strategies Battleground Poll conducted in May.....

...Studies have consistently shown that younger people lag when it comes to voting.

But Harvard University's Institute of Politics contends that the previous data on youth voting are inaccurate, because many young people use only cellphones, not the landline phones that survey-takers call. Its poll, which was released Wednesday and includes online survey data, indicates that 32% of the nation's 18- to 24-year-olds will be voting in the midterm elections. That would be a record.

"Younger voters could make a difference in campaigns across the country," said Jeanne Shaheen, director of Harvard's Institute of Politics.

Some groups suggest that voting levels should not be the only measurement in determining whether young people care about politics.

Generation Engage was founded two years ago to get young people who do not attend college involved in meaningful political debate.

It hires young people for get-out-the-vote campaigns — so far in North Carolina, Virginia and New York — and sponsors Internet broadcasts in which politicians and celebrities discuss issues with young people from lower socioeconomic backgrounds.

The live programs enable audience members at each broadcast site to pose questions to the speakers, who have included former President Clinton, speaking on technology; former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, discussing renewable energy sources; and film director Spike Lee and architect Michael Arad, examining the role of arts in society.

On Monday, Tom Daschle, the former Senate Democratic leader from South Dakota, addressed groups in New York City; Louisville, Ky.; and St. Paul, Minn., on the technology gap between urban and rural communities and the ways young people can effect change in government.

Adrian Talbott, co-founder and executive director of Generation Engage, said the group did not measure success only in the number of newly registered voters. Instead, it is attempting to change the culture — especially of young people who are not seeking higher education — to create responsible citizens who are continually aware of national and global issues.

"Young people are not apathetic," he said. "They don't suffer from lack of interest but suffer from lack of access."

mima.mohammed@latimes.com

This is a fair use article excerpt. To read the full text of this article, go to: http://www.latimes.com/news/politics/la-na-youthvote5nov05,1,1178816.story

Friday, October 27, 2006

ENGAGE: Politics, Science, Youth and Community

Straight talk on politics, science, social justice and sustainability

Monday, October 30, 2006
5:45 - 9:00 PM

Sen
ator Tom Daschle
Past Senate Majority Leader and Chair, Science and Technology
Visiting professor at Georgetown University
Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress.

Via Apple iChat Videoconference: Louisville, New York, Minnesota

Gheens Science Hall and Rauch Planetarium

University of Louisville

Straight talk on politics, community science and technology with youth, community and science leaders from Louisville and across the country. You're invited to join participants from Community Farm Alliance, Adena, OpenMedia, Voltaic Commerce, Appalachian Science in the Public Interest, Muhammad Ali Institute, Sustainable Business Network, Kentuckians for the Commonwealth, Ohio Valley Creative Environment, Association for Science and Technology Centers and more...

Thursday, October 26, 2006

ENGAGE Poster For October 30, 5:45 PM: Download, email, post and pass it on...


ENGAGE: October 30, 2006 5:45 PM to 9 PM, Rauch Planetarium, University of Louisville, KY

Print out the poster, pass the word, bring a friend!
Post at work, at school, email and forward - Or send by carrier pigeon! :)

See you on Monday!
Get Engaged -- Make a Difference Now

Press Release: ENGAGE: Conversation with Senator Tom Daschle and Youth, Science and Community Leaders


Media Alert 10/23/06 ENGAGE
For Immediate Release Our Planet -- Our Future
Text Only Version - Attachments Version Follows

ENGAGE: Youth, Science, Technology, Social Justice and Community

Senator Tom Daschle

With Community Youth, Science, Social Justice, Entrepreneur and
Sustainability participants from Louisville and across the nation.
5:45 PM to 9 PM, Monday, Oct 30, 2006
Via iChat Video Forum
Rauch Planetarium, University of Louisville
(502) 852 6664
http://www.louisville.edu/planetarium/

Contact:
Raymond Boney
Raymond.Boney@GenerationEngage.org
www.generationengage.org

Louisville Contact:
502 410 2786
ccwg@iglou.com
www.engagelouisville.tk
Dinner $8 -- With Student ID: $6
Thanks to Karma Cafe, Heine Brothers Coffee.

Free to the Public. Donations Welcome!
Young people, educators, social justice activists and entrepreneurs
invited - Contact Us for More Information!

WHO: Senator Tom Daschle (D-SD)
Past Chair, Senate Science and Technology Committee and Senate Majority
Leader. Visiting professor at Georgetown University and Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress.
Pre-event Phone Interview Opportunity with Senator Daschle: 4 PM Thursday, Oct. 26.

Community Leaders: Youth, science, sustainability, social justice and entrepreneur leaders from Louisville and across the nation.

WHAT: ENGAGE - And Do No Harm: Youth, Science, Politics and Green Futures
On Monday, October 30, at 5:45 PM Senator Daschle will join us for dialogue on youth, community and national opportunities for community based social justice, science, technology, research and action for sustainability.

Hundreds of young people, members of GenerationEngage, and other community groups from across the country will connect via Apple’s iChat videoconference technology, for the fourth GenerationEngage iChat Forum of this season. The Engage event in Louisville is being held in conjunction with the Muhammad Ali Institute Peace and Justice Week and the Association for Science and Technology Centers national conference.

Young voters will participate in a non-partisan national conversation on the issues that concern them most. We will discuss ways to partner in research and action for social justice, sustainability, opportunity and empowerment in our communities

Engaging politics and science for social justice, entrepreneurship and sustainability.

What shapes the politics and practice of science & sustainability?
War and peace,jobs and poverty, health and environment, social justice and civil rights - How do our votes affect the direction the future takes?

How can youth get involved in social justice research, science, technology, policy & action, jobs & service?

How can young people, community groups, researchers, educators policy makers & entrepreneurs collaborate for a green and healthy future locally? Nationally? Globally?

WHEN: Monday, October 30, 2006
5:45 pm: – Welcome and Introduction
6:00 pm -9 pm Video Conference with Senator Daschle followed by local dialogue and dinner on youth empowerment, community based research and action for sustainability.

WHERE: National Videoconference from 3 communities: Harlem, NY,NY,
Louisville, KY, Alexandria, MN
LOUISVILLE: Gheens Science Hall and Rauch Planetarium, University of
Louisville, Louisville, Ky,USA (502) 852 6664
http://www.louisville.edu/planetarium/

Please copy, post, email, and forward this alert and the attached posters to encourage young people, educators and community members to participate -- thank you!


To Learn more about some of the participants:

To View Prior GenerationEngage Conferences in Action:
Spike Lee & Michael Arand: Art & Change:
http://www.generationengage.org/leeARAD.mov
Coretta Scott King: http://www.generationengage.org/king.mov
Al Gore: Energy And Environment: www.generationengage.org/goreDBC.html
Newt Gingrich: Renewable Energy
http://www.generationengage.org/Richard/Oil.rm

Ali Institute at University of Louisville, Peace & Justice Week:
http://www.aliinstitute.louisville.edu/
Association Science & Technology Conference: http://astc.rg/conference/
Community Farm Alliance: www.cfa.org
Healthy Food, Local Farms Conference www.hflf.org
Kentuckians for the Commonwealth www.kftc.org
REACT: http://members.iglou.com/aaronf/react/
Metro United Way http://www.metrounitedway.org/
Voltaic Solar Commerce www.voltaiccommerce.com
Appalachia Science in the Public Interest www.a-spi.org
Adena Institute www.adenainstitute.org
OpenMedia www.theopencommunity.org
Ohio Valley Creative Energy http://www.ohiovalleycreativenergy.org/
Sustainable Business Networks
www.sustainablebusinessnetworks.blogspot.com


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Tuesday, October 24, 2006

ENGAGE: Politics, Science, Youth and Community

Straight talk on politics, science and community

Monday, October 30, 2006
5:45 - 9:00 PM

Sen
ator Tom Daschle
Chair, Senate Science & Technology Committee
Senate Majority Leader.
Visiting professor at Georgetown University
Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress.

Gheens Science Hall and Rauch Planetarium

University of Louisville

Straight talk on politics, community science and technology and youth and community science leaders from Louisville and across the country.

On Monday, October 30, at 5:45 PM, hundreds of young voters, members of GenerationEngage, the Associaiton of Science and Technology Centers and other community groups from across the country will connect via Apple’s iChat videoconference technology, for the fourth and final GenerationEngage iChat Forum of this election season.

With Election Day just two weeks away, young voters will participate in a national conversation on the issues that concern them most, as they head to the polls.

Engaging politics and science for social justice, entrepreneurship and sustainability:

How do our votes and community action affect the direction the future takes?

War and peace, jobs and poverty, business and technology, health and environment, social justice and civil rights - What shapes the politics and practice of science & sustainability?

How can youth get involved in social justice research, science, technology, social entrepreneurship, policy & action, jobs & service?

How can young people, community groups, researchers, educators policy makers & entrepreneurs collaborate for a green and healthy future locally? Nationally? Globally?

Discussion highlights will include:

• Opportunities for youth leadership and civic engagement
• Community based research and action
• The role of science and technology in community dialogue,
sustainability, peacemaking, social change and entrepreneurship.
• Do No Harm: Non--violence, social change and science.

Community Based Research and Technology:
Opportunities for Youth and Civic Engagement

Local panelists:

Community Farm Alliance:
Community Food Systems

Adena OpenMedia and Voltaic Commerce:
Open Source News & Mapping for Community Sustainability

Appalachian Science in the Public Interest:
Solar Living Today

Muhammad Ali Institute:
Do No Harm" - Research and Action for Peace

Sustainable Business Network:
Green Business Design

Kentuckians for the Commonwealth:
Community Based Economic Policy Research

Ohio Valley Creative Environment
Arts and Sustainable Development


The University of Louisville Rauch Planetarium will be the site for this demonstration of participatory video-conferencing in a full dome data visualization environment to explore the role science centers can play as hosts and facilitators of civic dialogue in partnership with media, community and technology networks. Produced through Generation Engage and local partners in conjunction with the Association for Science and Technology Centers national conference, the Louisville Civic Engagement events will also feature participation from diverse community based research and action networks.


Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Make a Difference: Engage, Do Well, Do Good!

What does it take to create and manage the Civic Engagement Project, the video conference Series and related community activities?

What are the benefits to underwriters and advertisers?

What it takes:

People:

Production crews in 4 cities, community facilities and volunteers, national producers, marketing, technology and events organizers and thousands of young leaders, citizens and community entrepreneurs. All these people and more recognize what an incredible opportunity this is to put community leaders in direct conversation with key decisionmakers and fellow citizens throughout the country on the issues of the day.

Technology:

High end Apple computers, full dome immersion projectors, Google Analytics, Video production units, presentation spaces, media coverage, and more.

Marketing:

Google grant driving 72,000 unique visitors per day to the website with the name of your business and organization at the top of the page, detailed demographics on viewers and participants, and the capacity to extend that reach to a variety of broadcast and print media. Underwriting and advertising funds these activities.

The basic budget for the fall is about $20,000, rasied through a combination of grants and ad buys. The good news? We can now offer enormous leverage for cause related and socially related marketing: The money you donate or spend, will direct support community work and socially responsible business results.

Let us show you how!

Interested? Contact Us!

We'll help you leverage ideas, idealism, technology, funding, publicity and good will!

Contact us to share ideas, place ads, provide funding or participate in the development of the project in any way

email:
engage@iglou.com

phone:
502 410 2786

Thank you!

Sunday, October 01, 2006

Invitation to Participate: Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, November 30, 2006


Date: Fri, 03 Nov 2006 13:53:32 -0500

To: Potential EngageLouisville Partners and Sponsors

Generation Engage and EngageLouisville are offering community
organizations and businesses the opportunity to participate in a
videoconference with Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer on
November 30.

We are writing to invite your participation as community outreach partners and funding sponsors for this and other upcoming events.

If you or your organization are interested in participating in or
sponsoring this event, please contact us at engage@iglou.com, or call
502 410 2786 (o) .

Please take a look at these related links to see examples of prior events
and background on Engage:

www.generationengage.org

www.engagelouisville.tk

We hope that you and your organization will be able to join us in
bringing this important opportunity to Louisville, and in building dialogue and engagement which serves this community.

Thank you for your time and consideration.



Overview:

Below is a brief overview with links to background information on this
opportuntiy. An updated version of this email, including more detail on
other opportunities for EngageLouisville involvement, will be sent to
additional potential community partners in the next few days.

This Nov. 30 community forum with Justice Breyer will provide young
people and community leaders in three cities, including Louisville, the
opportunity to talk with the Justice about several questions of concern
to them. The event will convened as a live videoconference, and
re-broadcast for the web and television.

We invite community organizations to use this opportunity to build
dialogues and outreach events before and during the appearance of
Justice Breyer on issues of concern to the community. The suggestions and participation of local community leaders will be important in shaping the dialogue with Justice Breyer as well as the related civic forum following.

To get a sense of the production process and opportunities for community organizations and businesses to sponsor and participate in Engage, see also:
Engage: Make a Difference: Engage, Do Well, Do Good!
and
Engage: Communty Engagement: You're Invited to Participate in Ways Which Support Your Mission

In addition, EngageLouisville participants are exploring similar opportunities to create community forums and engage community member around issues that matter. We hope that you will join us in the development of these community dialogues.

Audience:

This event is targeted towards three broad audiences:

1) Young people who are not in four year college tracks, and therefore
only half as likely to vote as their college-bound peers.

2) The general public with an interest in the views of Supreme Court
Justice Breyer.

3) Educators, legal professionals and community leaders interested in
supporting civic engagement with Justice Breyer and other national
leadership via the Engage series.

Venue:

Generally, we are looking for a venue where young non-university students and the general public will feel comfortable and welcome.

In addition, the venue partner needs to have high speed access broadband, preferably T1, experience with or willingness to learn about broadcast quality community media production, and some support staff able to work with technical issues.

Currently, we are looking at options with high school, community college and community center partners. If your facility might be available for this or future events, please let us know.

Organization:

Generation Engage is the primary service provider for this event. Generation Engage schedules speakers, produces the video conference and provides national support personnel, along with important marketing and access resources.

Locally, the Adena Institute is providing event coordination along with
the Muhammad Ali Institute at the University of Louisville and other
community organizations in an emerging civic engagement partnership we are calling EngageLouisville. The event with Justice Breyer follows a small experiment with this process which featured former Senator Tom Daschle on October 30, 2006 at the University of Louisville.

For this next conference opportunity we are going to the community to invite new community partners interested in supporting this particular event with Justice Breyer as well as developing a longer term series of similar events throughout 2007. Depending on participation (as described below), we will decide on the details of the event organization in early November.

Cost and Funding:

The anticipated technology, production and marketing costs associated
with the event total approximately $10,000,approximately half in provider costs to Generation Engage, the remainder in local costs for outreach and production. In-kind contributions in facilities, technology, printing
etc. might reduce this total by several thousand dollars.

To this point we have promoted Engage events as "Free and Open to the
Public" with requests for donations as appropriate.

It is our impression that this cost in the Louisville market requires a
coalition of supporting organizations capable of contributing amounts
ranging from $500 to several thousand dollars in order to meet these
costs, to share in-kind resources and to serve the larger goal of
building effective working relationships to promote civic engagement.

In addition, the sponsorship opportunity is open to other for-profit
businesses and non-profit enterprises interested in supporting civic
engagement and being identified with the event. Ideally, we would find
one or two major corporate, community or individual sponsors interested in such an opportunity.

Benefits:

Compelling civic education opportunity for the community.

Specific access for sponsor organization members to the event and to the speaker.

Branding and promotion opportunities for major sponsors include:

1) On camera mention

2) Banner or logo throughout public appearance, podcast and broadcast.

3) Top ranked web promotions through Google Grant and Analytics, which will place the Generation Engage web link to the event among the top sponsored googlesearch hits world-wide, now averaging 72,000 per day. (For example, right now do a google search for "Al Gore" and www.GenerationEngage.org will appear in the right hand column of the first search page.)

4) Television, print and other promotions branding, including sponsorship opportunities with the Engage television series, WYCS-TV, Metro Media, OpenMedia, AttentionSPAN and other media partnerships.

Time and Schedule:

We plan to decide the details of this event in early November, 2006.

Media and community outreach will follow immediately.

Technical rehearsals for the event will take place during the week of Nov 24.

Podcast and Broadcast products will be available approximately one week after the event.

Following evaluation by community partners, we hope to undertake a
January 2007 event on the evening of the State of the Union Address,
featuring dialogue with young people by Peggy Noonan and Ted Sorenson, speechwriters for Presidents Reagan and Kennedy


Again, thank you for your time and consideration. We look forward to your participation and suggestions for building these events.