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While this year's Netroots Nation conference (formerly YearlyKos) takes place in Austin, a concurrent gathering will take place in the virtual world Second Life. Netroots Nation in SL (July 17 through Sunday, July 20) is the annual in world conference of people from multiple progressive groups in Second Life, e.g. Cafe Wellstone, Commonwealth, Democratic Party of Second Life, SL Netroots, and Virtually Speaking. Running concurrently with the Austin, Texas Netroots Nation Conference, it is organized as a public benefit by in world volunteers. In addition to live streaming sessions from Austin, there will be interactive events between the two gatherings as well as Second Life-only events designed to educate and activate future progressive leaders, as well as joint events with attendees of the virtual version of the BlogHer convention.
Netroots Island, including the Exhibit Hall, will be open 24 hours a day. Attendees may drop in at any time.
Tuesday, July 15th
4:30 - 9:30 pm: Social with the NNSL Mentors, Netroots Island Main Plaza
5:00-9:00 pm: Gathering at Commonwealth Island
5:15 pm: Group Horse back riding tour of the 3 Commonwealth sims and activities
6:15 pm: "Human Chain" for Obama...send a message of support. Showing up and unite in solidarity for the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, Democracy! For progressive change!
7pm: Drum Circle at the beach (surfing and windsurfing also available)
8pm: Group Tai Chi on Commonwealth 3
5:30-7:00 pm: Austin Keynote Address: Gov. Howard Dean, Netroots Arena
7:00 -10:00 pm: SL Opening Party, Netroots Island Ballroom
7:00am: Austin panel "The Next President and the Law", Netroots Arena. PANELISTS: Cass Sunstein, John Dean, Adam Bonin, Michael Waldman
9:00 -11:00am: Tours and Activities of Second Life, Netroots Island Main Plaza
11:30am:Austin Panel "How the Media Learned to Bend Over Backward to Please the Right", Netroots Arena. PANELISTS: Paul Krugman, Duncan Black, "Digby" Parton, Rick Perlstein
2:30pm: Austin Panel "Beyond the Political 'Sphere: A Netroots Nation / BlogHer Conversation", Netroots Arena. PANELISTS: Andrew Slack, Marcus Williams, Laura Dawn, Tracy Russo
4:00 -5:30 pm: Tours and Activities of Second Life, Netroots Island Main Plaza
6:00-7:30pm: SL Panel "The Restructuring of the US Economy: A Conversation with Stirling Newberry", Netroots Arena
7:45pm: Dancing Liberally @ Cafe Wellstone
9:00-10:00am: Coffee Klatch, Roisin's Coffee House
10:00a-11:00am: Austin Lunch Keynote: Lawrence Lessig, Netroots Arena
11:30am: Panel "More and Better Democrats: The Class of 2006-08?, Netroots Arena. PANELISTS: Joan McCarter
1:00pm: Austin Panel "The Races We Aren't Watching but Should (and Those We're Watching, Too), Netroots Arena. PANELISTS: David NYC, Markos Moulitsas, Arjun Jaikumar, James Lambert, Jonathan Singer
2:30-3:30 Austin Afternoon keynote, Netroots Arena
3:45m-5:45 pm: SL Panel "It's All Media: Influencing the Narrative", Netroots Arena. PANELISTS:Cliff Schecter, GeneralJCChristian, Jimbo Hoyer
6:00-7:00pm: Austin Evening keynote, Netroots Arena
7:00pm - late: Dancing at the Lonely Yak Roadhouse
6:45-7:45am: Austin Pastor Dan's Multifaith Service, Netroots Arena
8:00am: Austin Keynote: Van Jones, Netroots Arena
9:15am: Bloggers Brunch, Netroots Arena
10:15am-12:30pm: SL Panel "Progressive Values at Work: Using Virtual Worlds for Real World Impact", Netroots Arena. Gentle Heron, Vitual Ability, Carolina Keats, Consumer Health Librarian
12:30 - 2pm: Afternoon talkback and SL tours Conference planners will be on hand to hear feedback from new people and SL veterans who participated., Netroots Island Main Plaza
2:00pm - 3:15pm: SL panel "Perspectives on Democracy and Sustainability", Netroots Arena. PANELISTS: WilliamtheWise Goodman and Delia Lake
4:00-6:00pm: Formal Closing party NN Island Ballroom, Netroots Island Ballroom
For more info on how to use Second Life can be found HERE.
To go directly to Netroots Nation Island, click HERE.
* Yes, the dialog in the cartoon was part of a conversation that took place at Netroots Nation in Second Life. I was not wearing my Sperm Helmet when this conversation took place.