Next Meeting February 5, 6 - 8 PM Frieda Luk on blogs and Canadian journalism. Check netizen-news.ca for details. Contact editor [@] ecommons.net for details Lots happening in February - contact us and get involved! Don't just watch the new project grow, help shape it! CIVEX: Informed civic exchange An idea whose time has come...
eCommons/agora is in reinvention mode.
Workshops, projects, partnerships all under discussion.
Please join us for our programming sessions.
Want to help out? Contact editor [at] ecommons.net
The main project and current info source for activities netizen-news.ca
Take part as the eCommons/agora inaugurated in 1997-8 reinvents itself.
All are welcome, online and offline.
Editing now in process of Three Dialogues in search of democracy presented by Dr Liss Jeffrey, Professor Peter Pennefather, and Peter Jones.
Editing team includes Frieda Luk and Fraser McAninch.
Moderator, Robert Rodbourne, managing editor NetiZen News.
Help is welcome.
Fall sessions in planning for the nomad circles
New Democracy Workshop
Media Ecology Cafe ( the diasporic McLuhan community in Toronto )
and our new circle
for cultural content creators, story tellers, gamers, and adepts at the art of serious playfulness....
Monday, February 5th, 2007, 5 - 7 PM
Leslie Dan Pharmacy Building, University of Toronto
144 College St Room 1210
The New Democracy Workshop invites the community and friends to an open workshop on Ontario's Citizens' Assembly and what it does and doesn't mean for civic engagement in democratic life. Join us Monday, February 5, 5 - 7 PM at Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy Building at 144 College at the north west corner of College and University. Room 1210 on the east side of the building. Co-animator Professor Peter Pennefather will chair Opening presentations based on public appearances before Citizens Assembly: Dr Liss Jeffrey (KMDI and McLuhan global research network) and Robert Rodbourne (Managing editor, NetiZen News). Information: editor [at] ecommons.net or netizen-news.ca
Next regular meeting February 12th, 2007, 8:30 - 10am.
Newcomers are welcome. Information: editor [at] ecommons.net or please visit the new public web space netizen-news.ca
The New Democracy Workshop ( NDW)has now met three times. Next regular meeting is Monday, February 12, at 8:30 AM at Wymilwood Cafe, on Charles Street East at Museum Station, opposite Isabel Bader Hall, in Victoria College area. Last Monday we heard from Frieda Luk on the current focus of her masters work on the blogosphere. The netizen-news and ecommons/agora projects will circulate the special issue with participation from NDW members. Issues: pro and con proportional representation, role of newer media, of parties, Q does a focus on electoral reform occlude serious consideration of democratic life between elections, and more. Ricardo ( visiting from Brazil) will be back, as will Fen McKelvey from ComCult and the Code Politics Project.
Friday afternoons, 4 - 6 pm, a nomad research group has met since early January as part of the McLuhan diaspora.
Much more is happening.
Here are some events happening during Canada's first ever Media education week. See www.mediaeducationweek.ca/involved_events.htm
Buy Nothing Day happens on Friday and eCommons/agora will be there, November 24th!
The Laurier Students' Public Interest Research Group is organising a day-long event in the Concourse with lectures and give aways, in recognition of Buy Nothing Day. At 11 am Liss Jeffrey, PhD, the Director of the McLuhan Global Research Network and Adjunct Faculty at Laurier's Department of Communication Studies will present "Needed, not just wanted: Media literacy education for all Canadians." For more information see: www.lspirg.ca Contact: email@example.com
A small group of associates is currently reviewing the present status of citizen engagement in e-democracy, locally, provincially, and federally. What exactly is 'citizen centric federalism'? What has happened to some of the initiatives that have been proposed? What have been the results of the pilots? A fall seminar will be held to report on our findings, and plan for future research and action.
Tuesday November 28, 3 - 5 PM, with KMDI, the Knowledge Media Design Institute at University of Toronto.
If you are interested in attending, please contact KMDI senior researcher ( citizen engagement in e-democracy) Dr Liss Jeffrey (byDesign eLab, and eCommons/agora). ljeffrey[at]ecommons.net
eCommons/agora is a pan Canadian community learning network, seeking volunteers for citizen journalism, citizen engagement in e-democracy, open source development, and building public space online. We are starting up again with our new programs. Join us and help make a difference online. Please contact frasser[at]gmail.com for further information.