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Power Tools to Build a Better Democracy, with Chris Hayes

September 10, 2012 - by David Moore

Power Tools To Build a Better DemocracyUpdate, Sept. 18th: video of event has been posted. Chris leads off, I start 21:40 in, followed by Aron & then Vince & Heather. Here’s a micropublishing update you can RT to spread the word. Interested in your feedback on my presentation: david at Thanks Philanthropy NY for the opportunity.

You may already know that the PPF team are big-time boosters of ‘Up with Chris Hayes’ on MSNBC, an evidently sharp-of-mind, reality-based, diverse, and uniquely-publicly-accountable weekend news discussion show. Chris is a great friend to all of us at PPF, and I can scarcely wait to have more time to write about his well-received first book, Twilight of the Elites. Go Hayza

I’m pleased to be presenting PPF’s work on OpenCongress at a panel discussion at Philanthropy New York, hosted by Chris: 

The 2012 Election with MSNBC’s Chris Hayes: Power Tools to Build a Better Democracy

… along with tremendous panel :: 

Attending the event in-person is restricted to Philanthropy New York members, but there will be a livestream viewable to anyone over the web – will post a link here & on Twitter as soon as it exists – tune in at 3 – 5 pm ET today if you’re free to do so. Will be interesting.

Excited to chat about open-source tech for public accountability w/ Aron, to hear from Heather how activist groups can (and are) using these new tools, and to get Vince’s overview of the non-profit funding landscape behind them. Thanks to the considerate team at Philanthropy New York for hosting the event, I’m looking forward to meeting more of their community & demo’ing OC’s many, many public-benefit features & taking questions. Thanks to Vince especially for taking the lead in organizing it. 

For our part, PPF is a tiny non-profit working hard to keep OC up and running as a free public resource – with the equivalent of just two full-time employees – so please, support our work with a tax-exempt donation. Charitable foundations & philanthropists, please get in touch – david at, I’m easy to reach – we urgently seek grants to keep OC alive past the 2012 elections and into the 113th U.S. Congress. Here’s our non-profit funding prospectus to circulate. 

… and if I can bookmark a long-brewing essay I’ve been seeking to get clear to get out of my head: how PPF’s work on free technology for civic engagement & positively disrupting representative democracy & fighting systemic corruption dovetails with Chris’ book’s themes of the powerful oligarchical tendencies of meritocracy. I can’t praise #ToTE highly enough and am excited to show how our web development work underpins Chris’ urgent analysis of the mechanics of the “Fail Decade” – and how we can do better together.

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mar1us91 06/26/2013 2:50pm

Thanks to Vince especially for taking the lead in organizing it. jocuri mario

OCDivorceLawyer 10/23/2012 2:16am

This is a good article but can we please lose the word “democracy” when referring to our great country. We are a republic. While there are some overlapping principles between the two, there are also dramatic differences. I know some may consider this trivial but how American citizens view themselves and the foundation for their country is a critical part of our national identity and also dictates our perspective. On topic, good article. Can you change the title to “Power Tools to Build a Better Republic”? ha ha. Orange County Divorce Lawyers

StewartAndrews 09/27/2012 10:15pm

Wow, technology is really making its way to help solve certain problems in our government. Hope this power tools will serve its purpose so that many people can benefit from it. This tools is expected to provide security during elections. Price Benowitz LLP

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