How the virtual local community responds to ConvergeSouth

This is an observation piece. From my point of view, it’s rather draining year after year so this is the piece to pull together why we can’t all get along (and why some don’t even bother going to the conference but have a lot to say)
Sometimes, I wonder if I regret IMing Sue about the creation of ConvergeSouth.
Don’t get me wrong. I love this conference. She and Ed have been right there along the vision that I had to use technology as a new medium to build communities or give voice. Year after year, there are volunteers that put their heart and soul into this and try to fulfill… well… my dream.
Year after year, we always do damage control with people that diss the conference. Usually they’re from people that didn’t go to the conference but insist that there’s some unsaid political agenda. We invite people that use the technology to push their voice and thus fulfilling the vision of the conference. Yet somehow or another, people keep coming back to how it’s more left… and more progressive.. yadda yadda.
FINE. YOU WIN. You want to know what the hidden agenda that I had in my mind ever since day 1 was?
I wanted to bring economic dollars to our fair city. I saw what kind of money mature conferences of the same sort did for larger cities and how much it places it on the map.
So for those progressives that aren’t acting very progressive, and the conservatives that are talking about things they never went to… please. “Agree to disagree” and move on. As selfish as I feel about this, it’s to benefit everyone in this city on a bigger picture, and to have fun with a type of technology that enables people to have a voice, and yes… even quibble about politics, religion, or what not.
What’s amazing to me is that I did something this third year that was exactly what I felt should be going on with everyone else. This extremely nice older black lady came to me asking for some clarification since she was an author but was not very learned in the ways of licensing, and blogging. I spent some time with her privately explaining all sorts of things she could use as an author and she told me that the Lord had sent an angel to help her… (which was sweet of her, but I don’t think I deserve praise as such). But the thing is? THAT is the point of the conference.
So instead, I challenge you to prove to me that it isn’t a non-partisan conference. So me that my agenda doesn’t deserve to be pushed and these many volunteers that spend time on this are not doing something worthwhile for this city. And that’s my last word on this. Back to planning out ConvergeSouth 2008.
Update1 (10/29): Looks like Scoble wants to be back at CS. haha. Awesome. Nods to buddy, TD for letting me know while I was out for the weekend.