National Civic Summit, Minneapolis, July 15-17

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Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie and the Citizens League are hosting a National Civic Summit in Minneapolis this week, in conjunction with the  summer convention of the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS).

Election Defense Alliance is one of scores civic and public advocacy organizations that will be attending and making presentations during this three-day social laboratory in civic participation.

We look forward to making contact
with our counterparts in other organizations, and with state election officials we hope will drop in from their nearby convention, to exchange ideas about how to increase citizen participation in civic life.

If you are anywhere near range of downtown Minneapolis, consider making the trip for this special event. Registration for the two full days of presentations (TH 7.15 and FRI 7.16) is free;  admission to the opening night party and "National Tweetup" is by separate admission (or free if you volunteer to help!). See more at National Tweetup.

EDA will be in Exhibit Booth 117. Please come by so we can meet you. Our presentation will be Thursday from 2:00 to 2:50 p.m. in room Marquette IX.

THE CONNECTION at the National Civic Summit
The Minneapolis Hilton 1001 Marquette Ave Mpls, MN 55402
July 15-17, 2009

steel microphoneFor complete details and the event registration form, visit

National Civic Summit Information Links
 And if you can't be there in person,

Participate Virtually
Live interactive media and social collaboration applications will be a major feature of the summit.
You can follow the conversations and add your voice by following these channels:

Watch & Listen to the Event Live
The Live Broadcast -
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Twitter Followers @civicsummit09 & @targettwitizen
Twitter Conversation Hashtag #civicsummit
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More to come!

To learn more about social media, see the videos and tutorial slideshow at

For more details, directions and maps, click Read More

What is the National Civic Summit?

The National Civic Summit is convening civic organizations and citizens to expand civic imagination and capacity through active citizenship. Over 100 nonpartisan organizations will showcase their ideas, approaches and tools through exhibits and workshops at the Minneapolis Hilton Hotel.

Five Elements to the Summit:

1.  The National Tweetup is a special event for Summit participants, and the public, to launch civic conversations on Wednesday, July 15, 6-9 p.m. civically supported by the Target Corporation.
>> Click Here for more Details on the National Tweetup Opening Night Party (.PDF file)

2.  The Connection is a civic thought leader & civic organization showcase of free workshops/exhibits featuring industry experts from across the nation on Thursday & Friday, July 16-17 8 a.m.- 5 p.m.
>> Click Here for The Connection Showcase Schedule without abstracts (.PDF file)
>> Click Here for The Connection Showcase Schedule WITH abstracts (.PDF file)

3.  Social Media Training is complimentary and is provided on our Civic Training website to help citizens learn, connect and engage using today’s technology.
>> Click Here for the Civic Training Website

4.  Social Marketing & Civic Voices Campaign to amplify participating virtual and live Summit participants through promoting their organization’s (user generated content) and by co-authoring new “social media- ready” content at the Summit events.
>> Click Here for more information your National Civic Summit Participation (.PDF file)

5.  Civic Participation Portal is an aggregated web portal promoting Active Citizenship which will launch during the Summit to support future civic efforts.
>> Click here for FAQs on the National Civic Summit (.PDF file)

The Need

Achieving common ground for common good is the business of democracy. In an era when political polarization and special interest agendas too often take center stage, the National Civic Summit invites U.S. citizens - each individual and organization - to re-imagine citizenship for our time.

Key Questions

  • “How can we increase civic imagination and capacity to solve today’s challenges in ways that serve the public interest?”
  • “How do we use technology to move from isolation and overload to effective collaboration and solutions?”

The National Civic Summit is a collaboration of Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie and the Citizens League with civic support by Target Corporation, General Mills and Blue Earth Interactive.

Get Social for Citizenship

The National Civic Summit is convening civic organizations and citizens to expand civic imagination and capacity through active citizenship.

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