Media [un]Workshop '08

People-Powered Media [un]Workshop

Saturday, Nov. 8
10 a.m. to 5 p.m
Ruiz Branch Library
1600 Grove Blvd., Austin

The People-Powered Media [un]Workshop is an "unconference" style event created to explore how community media can be used as a tool for information, organization, and action. In an "unconference" format the attendees generate the agenda, the sessions and the discussion. If you are a journalist, artist, technologist, community advocate, creator or just a citizen then the People-Powered Media [un]Workshop will have something for you.

Admission is free, but space is limited, so register today:

(Walk-in registration will be available at the event on a space available basis.)

For event news and updates visit:

Gary Chapman Keynote to Air Thursday Nov 13

LBJ School's Gary Chapman delivered a keynote presentation at the People-Powered Media [un]Workshop on Nov. 8. He spoke about the Obama administration's transition team and focused specifically on the technology and science agenda. He also discussed a new term "i-government" and efforts at greater transparency in government at all levels.

His talk will air on iconmedia's Austin News Real program this evening, Nov. 13, at 6:00 PM on Austin cable channel 10 (channelAustin).

If you miss the show (or don't have cable), it will be posted later at

iconmedia is a project of Pam Thompson (host of Austin News Real) and Stefan Wray (in the control room).

Austin News Real
Austin Cable Ch. 10
6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Thursday, Nov. 13, 2008

[un]Workshop Sponsors

Thanks to our generous sponsors for supporting this event.

Public access television in Austin, Texas.
For more information, contact Stefan Wray (512-478-8600)

Doing Media
Electronic media consulting and production.
For more information, contact Todd O'Neill (oneill.todd at

Austin Bloggers
Association for webloggers in Austin, Texas.
For more information, contact Chip Rosenthal (webmaster at

[un]Workshop Schedule

Here is the schedule for the day:

10:00am - 10:30am — Registration. Coffee and refreshments are served.
10:30am - 12:00pm — Morning sessions. Three half-hour sessions.
12:00pm - 1:00pm — Lunch. Lunch will be on your own.
1:00pm - 3:00pm — Afternoon sessions. Four half-hour sessions.
3:00pm - 3:45pm — Keynote session, led by Gary Chapman, Director of the 21st Century Project at the LBJ School, University Texas at Austin.
3:45pm - 5:00pm — Reception. Refreshments are served.

Gary Chapman to Present

Gary Chapman, director of the 21st Century Project at the LBJ School, University Texas at Austin will be a keynote presenter at the [un]workshop.

Gary has authored numerous articles on science and technology policy, including a 200 page report entitled "The 21st Century Project: Setting a New Course for Science and Technology Policy," coauthored with Joel Yudken. He also writes a biweekly syndicated newspaper column on technology for the Los Angeles Times; the column, "Digital Nation," is published in many newspapers around the world. He is also a columnist on technology issues for the Austin American-Statesman and Texas Monthly magazine.

Spread the Word

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Here is a flyer (152KB PDF) for the event. Please print it out and help distribute copies to interested people.

How the [un]Workshop Works

The "People-Powered Media [un]Workshop" is based on the UnConference model, sometimes described as a "user-generated conference".

Here's how that works: the organizers facilitate the location, goodies, snacks, sponsors, etc. On the day of the event the doors are opened and whoever shows up is who is presenting topics. Anyone can present. The event is conversational and interactive.

Media Release: People-Powered Media [un]Workshop set for Nov. 8

Greater Austin Community Media Action Group
c/o channelAustin
1143 Northwestern Avenue
Austin, TX 78702

Media Contact:
Stefan Wray
512-478-8600 x 13

People-Powered Media [un]Workshop set for Nov. 8

Austin, TX – A People-Powered Media [un]Workshop, hosted by the Greater Austin Community Media Action Group, will be held on Saturday, November 8, 2008, at the Ruiz Branch of the Austin Public Library, located at 1600 Grove Blvd. The event is free and the community is invited to participate.

The [un]Workshop, scheduled from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM, is an "unconference" created to explore community media and how it can be a tool for information, organization, and action. In the morning, attendees will generate the agenda, the sessions and the discussion. This "unconference" format is borrowed from the BarCamp model popular within the tech community.