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Leveraging the power of bloggers and new media, the Rising Tide
Conference is a launch pad for organization and action. Our day-long program of speakers and presentations is tailored to inform, entertain, enrage and inspire.
We come together to dispel myths, promote facts, highlight progress and regress, discuss recovery ideas, and promote sound policies at all levels. We aim to be a "real life" demonstration of internet activism as we continue to recover from a massive failure of government on all levels.
Past featured speakers have included LT. General Russel Honore, Lawrence Powell (author of "The Accidental City: Improvising New Orleans"), Lolis Eric Elie (New Orleans-based writer and filmmaker), David Simon (creator of The Wire and Treme), Richard Campanella (author of Geographies of New Orleans and Bienville's Dilemma), Mac McClelland (blogger and writer for Mother Jones) Harry Shearer (writer, actor, host of the weekly radio show Le Show), John Barry (author of Rising Tide), Dave Zirin (author of Welcome to the Terrordome) and authors Christopher Cooper and Robert Block (Disaster: Hurricane Katrina and the Failure of Homeland Security).
Rising Tide started in the wake of Hurricane Katrina and the subsequent flooding of the city when a small group of New Orleans-based bloggers decided to expand their on-line advocacy for the rebirth of New Orleans into a public event.
Participants are encouraged to Blog, Twitter, Facebook and otherwise connect and share with others in attendance and around the world. The goals of Rising Tide are numerous, but are briefly:
- We seek to protect and preserve the cultural qualities of New Orleans that make our city unique.
- We resolve to root out and expose the corruption and incompetence that harms us all.
- We work to enact a vision of a restored and resilient community that respects traditions and reaches for a sustainable future for all citizens.
Join us as we map out the course of this great city now and into the future!