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(Re)Build Our World With Nationbuilder

Nationbuilder is the first community organizing system - it's both a website and a people database that's fully integrated - to help leaders grow and organize their communities to acheive great things. It brings the tools that political leaders like Obama and Romney use to everyone. Whether you're a local candidate, a non-profit, or a radio show... it gives everyone the ability to organize around an idea.

We spoke with Jim Gilliam, the founder and CEO, of Nationbuilder. He also co-founded Robert Greenwald's, Brave New Films. His speech, "The Internet Is My Religion," at the Personal Democracy Forum has been viewed over 500,000 times and been called the best video on the internet. We spoke with Jim about why he created Nationbuilder, who will use it, venture capital funding, and how it has the power to change the world. 

A lot of conservatives talk about the free-market, what about the free-market for governance, and what does that look like? The potential to experiment with that online, with these online communities, where blood isn't shed. Where we can figure out these problems through code and then it will naturally spill out into the IRL... It's what gets me really excited about this, this is the problem to solve. How can nations form, how can people come together at scale across the entire world instantaneously?

Jim Gilliam



"The Internet Is My Religion"


Rant On Data & Privacy: Wake Up - Knowledge Is Power!

There was (it has since been pulled from the app store) an iPhone app called "Girl's Around Me" that literally did just that... found all the girls around you with links to pictures and information about them. Basically it was an aggregate of Facebook and Foursquare's API, which used Location Services to track where girls are. Brittney weighs in as a woman technologist and how this really isn't unexpected.

We also discussed Lewis Hill, the founder of the Pacifica Foundation, and how - Pacifica, Facebook, Foursquare, and Google - are more similar than we think.

Google and Facebook in the most positive light, as originally being founded to try to solve for the same thing as Lewis Hill and the Pacifica Foundation... In terms of treating people as individuals and creating communities and spaces where people can share ideas. Now Facebook and Google... make the argument that you could have a for-profit company and using technology you can treat people as individuals by doing hyper-targeting advertising... I don't know if this is going to be successful or not, but these conversations around privacy... The demands on an organization to both make enough revenue to support itself while also preserving the intention or values of its founders... I think we all need to be conscious of this new technology and the changes, and use our wisdom and values to make decisions about how we use this technology.

Brandon Barney



War Is Peace, Freedom Is Slavery, Ignorance Is Strength

On March 15th James Bamford wrote a frightful piece for Wired entitled, "The NSA Is Building the Country's Biggest Spy Center (Watch What You Say)", about the new data center in Utah slated to be complete in 2013. It will effectively become the hub for all the NSA's intelligence data. "Big Brother" may not be fully watching, but he's certainly listening and reading. 

We visited The Actor's Gang in Culver City for their rendition of George Orwell's infamous "Big Brother" novel, 1984. We spoke with some of the actors there, got their take on the NSA's new spy center, and how they feel about performing such a relevant story.

1984 will be returning on Thursday's in April.  



Is The Internet A Human Right? 

Vint Cerf, who is recognized as one of the "Father's of the Internet" wrote an Op-Ed for the New York Times, Internet Access Is Not A Human Right, which has caused a bit of a stir, especially since back in June the UN declared internet access to be just that. We spoke with Matt Mora, founder of Causes From The Heart and Mora Media Management, about this very issue. Is the internet a human right, a civil right, or something else entirely?

It's obviously very controversial... Ideologically and philosophically I think it might be more of a civil right... my challenge is that when it becomes a civil right, you leave it susceptible to manipulation by anyone who has influence over it.

Matt Mora


Protect The Economy Using Equilcurrency

We spoke with Max Funk from Protect The Economy about Equilcurrency and his hopes for a more efficient and transparent, system-wide accounting platform.

Cooperativism is unlike any economic policy that anyone has ever heard before - it is not communism, it is not socialism - what it does is fill in the gaps that capitalism is missing... With cooperativism, participants in an economy must have equal access to the same information...  

Max Funk


Checking in with OccupyLA

Part 1: We spoke with John who volunteers in the media tent.

Part 2: The Unexpected Music of OccupyLA. First we heard from the music tent, where Jason Zimmerman was on the piano. Second we heard from a quartet of young violinists, Asia, Margueritte, Jacquelyn, and Sophia, who opened the General Assembly. 

    Photo Gallery from Occupy LA

For them I think it's a good way to bring this amazing tent city into perspective - for them to understand what it is in little bits kids can get.

Danette Christine

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Live from Day 1 @ OccupyLA With Heidi Sulzdorf & Protesters

Heidi Sulzdorf helped organize and get OccupyLA off the ground. We spoke with her as well as protesters about the movement, why they're doing it, and what it means to them.

This [Occupy Movement] is a profoundly different look of things, different than anything we have ever seen before.

Heidi Sulzdorf

Twenty years ago, if you wanted to start a protest that was nation-wide - it would take a lot more time. What this [social media] allows, is it shortens the time-span.

Brittney Gallagher

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Bitcoin: A New Generation of Payments?

Simone Syed is on the inside. She has been working with Tradehill, an online Bitcoin merchant. We spoke with her about what bitcoin is, what's preventing the bitcoin market from stabilizing and the security concerns with a completely digital means of exchange.'s a bird, it's a plane... it's a currency, it's a commodity, it's a security... it's digital gold"

Brandon Barney & Brittney Gallagher


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