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04/12/2010 The Digital Lobby?

Yes, lobbyists sully American politics; those paid mercenaries who affect legislation at the behest of their powerful clients. Of course trying to influence politicians is part of politics. Each person or group wants to ensure that elected officials stand up for their constituents.

While I'm not sure we constitute a lobby yet, I'm personally interested in making sure all of us who make our living in the digital world (artists, agencies, PR, social media and programmers, to name a few) can impact our policies here in Vermont. All of us seem convinced that we provide a picture of a future, successful Vermont. Our challenge is getting politicians to listen to us.

On April 22, I'm helping put together a TweetUp with Chittenden County Senate hopeful Philip Baruth. Philip is a friend of mine, so I'd help him even if I didn't have this angle. But one of Philip's campaign issues is broadband accessibility, something that us digital folk live or die on.

More importantly, I think it's a great opportunity for us Tweeps to stop just talking about how we're the next best thing since maple syrup and to try and start influencing policies to make Vermont a great state for digital companies and practitioners.

So join me in hanging out with Philip at New Moon in Burlington, from 4-6 on Thursday, April 22, 2010. Philip will buy the cookies, you buy the coffee. It's a great chance for our social media group to start influencing local politics.

I hope to see you there. Maybe this will be the start a powerful digital or social media lobby in Vermont.

Click here for more info and to RSVP.


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