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SxBaratunde: How To #SXSW. #video #SXSWi Updated for 2013

This is my how-to-survive/thrive/enjoy/win SXSW post. But first, here is my SXSW Origin Story.

Yesterday I found the initial email from a friend introducing me to SXSW and urging me to go. I received the email on September 2, 2004. The friend is Kevin Smokler, and he's a big reason I love the event and the reason I know about it. Kevin and I met at BookExpo in Chicago during the summer of 2004. It was a dinner organized by Bella Stander who is awesome.

Kevin and Baratunde at SXSW 2006 (Photo by Flickr by neilio)

Kevin and I stayed in touch, and I hired him for a "virtual book tour" phone-based consulting session focused on marketing my first book. Over the course of exchanging emails, Kevin, as another self-described "conference whore," suggested we swap conference recommendations. On his list was something called "South by Southwest Interactive" which he described thusly:

The mardi gras of the online world. Anyone who's doing anything interesting online is there. I've spoken there the last 2 years. You so should go. I'll introduce you to everyone.

I couldn't make it to SXSW 2005, but when 2006 rolled around, I sent Kevin a followup asking if he still thought this was a place I needed to be. He did and reminded me that he would "introduce me to everyone."

So I went, and Kevin indeed introduced me to everyone, extending his group dinner plans, letting me tag along to cool parties and funky storytelling events, breaking bread with brad and more. During that first SXSW danah boyd played a similar role. They were my SXSW big brother and big sister, and through them I met amazing humans like lynne d johnson and George Kelly and too many to name right here.

I exited the conference/convention/pilgrimage/BBQ pit with a recommitment to these digital arts and an extended family of beautiful, world-changing geeks. Every time I return, it's a family reunion. Every time I return, I get a little less stressed about having the latest app, getting into the hottest party or attending the buzziest (yes, buzziest) session. I want you to try to keep that spirit in mind as you review my very short list items for your consideration at SXSW Interactive.



Video: Google Pop/Politics Panel w/ Me, Winstead, Obama Girl Guy, etc.

Friday I was so annoyed that I couldn't get my Tivo to record our Google Pop Culture and Politics panel as it was aired by C-SPAN. I completely forgot that this event took place at Google, and thus, is on YouTube. I'm an idiot. Anyway, here's the 45 minute video of our panel. They cut the opening Onion News Network video I showed right after my intro, but you can see it here. I haven't replayed the entire thing, so they may have also cut the second Onion video I showed, which is friggin hilarious. Highlights:
  • My hot shirt. Seriously, you know you love that shirt. Jill Sander baby! Bought it myself
  • Christopher Hitchens. Look at his beverage. That ain't ginger ale
  • Lizz Winstead. My hero. Twas an honor to tag team with her against our cable news-defending moderator
  • After the panel, the Google folks got short one-on-one interviews with all of us. Here's mine.
And now, the panel...
For some reason, Google disabled comments on the YouTube video, so feel free to heap praise and scathing criticism here.


There's something incredibly cool about the contrast between the foreground and background of this photo

Today I'm Speaking At Google DC On Politics & Pop Culture

Update: the panel video is now on YouTube This afternoon, I'm speaking on a panel at Google in DC, repping the Onion. The full lineup and schedule are below. 2008: The First 21st Century Campaign Date: June 11, 2008 Location: Google DC Time: 2:30 pm ET - 7:00 pm ET Overview: Gathering to highlight new tools on the campaign trail and winning strategies that leverage this technology. Event MC: Jim Barnes Schedule 2:40 pm - 3:45 pm :: Covering the 21st Century Moderator: Judy Woodruff Participants: Mark Halperin Katherine Ham James Kotecki Phil Singer Kevin Madden 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm :: Running the First 21st Century Campaign Moderator: Ron Brownstein Participants: Joe Rospars Peter Daou Mindy Finn Mark Soohoo Joe Trippi 5:30 - 6:30 pm :: Pop culture Politics Moderator: Tammy Haddad Participants: Baratunde Thurston, The Onion Ben Relles, Obama Girl Zoe Stagg, CitizenSugar Christopher Hitchens, Vanity Fair Lizz Winstead- Creator of the Daily Show

Video Of My Panel On Participation & Politics Online

Last Wednesday, I spoke on a panel during NYC's InternetWeek. It was put on by OneWebDay and Susan Crawford. The topic was participation and politics online. It was actually really good! I spoke about the ClintonAttacksObama wiki at Jack & Jill Politics, and the audience and other speakers brought some really great thoughts and insights to the table. I shared the stage with Andrew Rasiej (Founder, Personal Democracy Forum) and Jay Rosen (Professor, NYU Department of Journalism and creator of OffTheBus at HuffPo). The moderator was Allison Fine (Author, Momentum: Igniting Social Change in the Connected Age)

Here's the YouTube Link. It's 90 minutes. You can find it in various other formats here.

I'm Speaking At The Media Reform Conference In MPLS This Weekend

Update: Here's an excerpt of my comments from the panel here on YouTube I will be speaking in Minneapolis at the National Conference for Media Reform. I'm on a panel Saturday at 11:30...
Speakers: Baratunde Thurston, Cenk Uygur, Duncan Black, Gina Cooper, Robin Marty Date: Saturday, June 7th Time: 11:30am to 1:00pm Room: Auditorium 2 Track: Journalism and Independent Media Session Type: panel The rapidly growing progressive political blogosphere — a.k.a. “the Netroots” — is transforming politics and challenging the traditional media. The Netroots impact on the national political conversation is undeniable. But now that they’ve “crashed the gates,” what comes next? How are the Netroots connecting with the grassroots and organizing for lasting change? How is the landscape changing as new voices emerge, blogs go local, and corporate media tries to capitalize on what’s happening online?
I'll also be co-hosting the Saturday night keynote with Lizz Winstead (creator of the Daily Show).
Speakers: Arianna Huffington, Baratunde Thurston, Byron Dorgan, D.J. Nikoles, Dan Rather, Grace Lee Boggs, Lizz Winstead, Maria Isa, Michael Copps, Naomi Klein, Romal J. Tune, Shá Cage, Silvia Rivera, Tim Wu Date: Saturday, June 7th Time: 8:00pm to 10:00pm Room: Auditorium Track: Keynotes and Plenaries Session Type: plenary A fast-paced, multimedia night of inspiring speeches and music, dance and spoken-word performances. Emcees Lizz Winstead, co-creator of The Daily Show, and Baratunde Thurston of Laughing Liberally will crack us up, and the DJ will keep us moving. Plus we’ll hear from conference-goers and unveil the 2008 inductees into the “Big Media Hall of Shame.”
Drop me an email, tweet, facebook msg, or comment so we can try to meet up. I'll be posting updates to my twitter account if you want to catch snippets there.

Live Video from Campus Progress Conference

I'm doing what I can to share my presence at the Campus Progress National Student Conference here in Washington DC. There will be some amazing speakers and panels, and for as long as my battery hangs in there, I'll keep the stream on. Check here for the conference agenda today.

Here's the live channel. Click the little gear shift logo in the lower right for more control options

Things I plan to attend and will try hard to broadcast, especially the 2:45 poverty panel

10:35 - 11:45 a.m.
Hard Truths about National Security
A Conversation with Seymour Hersh

12:05 - 1:00 p.m.
Luncheon Plenary

John Podesta, President & CEO, Center for American Progress
Congressman Keith Ellison, United States Representative from Minnesota

1:15 - 2:30 p.m.
Whose Responsibility?
Holding the business community accountable on the environment, labor, and human rights

Aaron Chatterji, Assistant Professor, Duke University and Fellow, Center for American Progress
Bennett Freeman, Senior Vice President for Social Research and Policy, Calvert Group
Ralph Nader, Consumer Advocate
Lenore Palladino, Former Director, United Students Against Sweatshops
Moderator: Jonathan Jacoby, Associate Director for International Economic Policy, Center for American Progress

2:45 - 4:00 p.m.
Fighting Poverty in Post-Katrina America
What Hurricane Katrina and the government's disgraceful response have taught us about the racial and class divide of our "two Americas"

Martin Eakes, CEO, Center for Responsible Lending and Self-Help
M-1, Hip-Hop Recording Artist, Dead Prez
Michael Parker, Leadership Development Coordinator, YouthBuild USA
Dorothy Stoneman, Founder and President, YouthBuild USA
Moderator: Cassandra Q. Butts, Senior Vice President for Domestic Policy, Center for American Progress

4:15 - 5:30 p.m.
Starting an Online Revolution
How to implement a catchy online issues campaign, publicize events, and deliver your message using the latest internet tools

Elizabeth Brookbank, Consultant, M+R Strategic Services
Ezra Callahan, Senior Product Manager,
Ginny Hunt, Organizer, Generation Dean
Tom Matzzie, Washington Director,
Moderator: Jamia Wilson, Communications Specialist, Young People For

5:40 - 6:55 p.m.
Voices of the War
Our generation speaks out

Rajai Hakki, U.S. Marine & Student, American University
Abdul Henderson, Peace Activist & Decorated Veteran of Iraq War
Eli Paintedcrow, Veteran of Iraq War
Jon Soltz, Iraq War Veteran & Co-Founder and Chairman,
Moderator: Brian Katulis, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress

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