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Authority Figures Watched by 1 million people a night News Corp has a market capitalization of $48,000,000,000 DailyKos.com Marcos Zuniga ~ $100,000 a year revenue from advertisements Raised $600,000 in hard dollars so far this year for the democratic party Blog Broken News Rathergate

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authority figures
Authority Figures

Watched by 1 million people a night

News Corp has a market capitalization of $48,000,000,000

dailykos com
DailyKos.com
  • Marcos Zuniga
  • ~ $100,000 a year revenue from advertisements
  • Raised $600,000 in hard dollars so far this year for the democratic party
blog broken news
Blog Broken News
  • Rathergate
    • Exposed on web community FreeRepublic.com
    • Propagated by blogs to mainstream news
  • Trent Lott
    • John Marshal of TalkingPointsMemo.com kept the story alive until mass media picked it up.
  • John Stewart Skewers Crossfire
    • Crossfire is watched by 865,000 people
    • 1-5 million watched the segment over the internet
  • Gannongate
    • Kossaks (DailKos.com) investigated and broke the story.
the dean campaign
The Dean Campaign
  • 500,000 volunteers self organizing in every state
  • Web real-estate spread over hundreds of mostly unofficial web-sites.
  • Most of ideas and innovation on how to leverage the community came from the bottom up

What we did

  • Turned an asterisk into a front runner
  • Broke primary fundraising records with small dollar donations
  • Created a lasting network of new activists
where this could be going south korea
Where This Could be Going - South Korea
  • 4X U.S. Broadband Penetration
  • 2/5 most trafficked websites on the net with 1/5 the population of U.S.
  • Biggest Internet News Source in South Korea
  • Almost all their news reporting comes from “Citizen Reporters”

President Roh - Hand Picked by OhMyNews

deanspace
DeanSpace
  • Powered
    • Over a hundred grassroots sites
    • Official state web sites
    • Main constituency sites
  • Started as an all volunteer effort by a bunch of kids
  • Created Free / Open Source Software based on the Drupal platform
exiting deanspace
Exiting DeanSpace
  • Headaches
    • Who would still want DeanSpace?
    • How were we going to continue building it?
    • Who was going to pay for it?

Silicon Valley to the rescue

civicspace the organization
CivicSpace The Organization
  • Build technology as public sector infrastructure
  • Leverage open source community and development to keep things cheap
  • Engage for profit partners to service the platform to the market
  • Save the world
civicspace the community organizing platform
CivicSpace the Community Organizing Platform

Tools to organize communities

  • Blogging / Community
  • Member management
  • Event organizing
  • Spamming
  • Donations / Commerce
  • Content and data sharing
  • Everything else
music for america
Music for America
  • Organizes 5-15 political events a night at concerts across the country
  • One year or organizing: outreach at 2,132 concerts attended by over 2 million people
  • 40,000 members
  • Full time staff of 7
  • $700 spent on advertising (blog advertisements)
  • All messaging and organizing done through their CivicSpace website
supporting civicspace
Supporting CivicSpace
  • CivicSpace will be a self sustaining non profit
  • Partner with Vendors
  • Rails and Verticals
    • CivicSpace Platform - Rails
    • Market Verticals
  • Example Market Verticals
  • Campaigns
  • Bands
  • Churches
  • Schools
civicspacelabs org
CivicSpaceLabs.org
  • 6 full time employees
  • 150+ organizations use CivicSpace
  • 1.0 is still 5+ months off
  • Very active developer / user community
  • Half a dozen CivicSpace vendors
  • No ASP (TypePad) yet