Maybe you've been reading this blog for a while. Maybe you've been reading the blogs of some other folks from this city, too. Maybe you've become curious about us and New Orleans, if you weren't already. Maybe you've grown to care a little or a whole lot about our plight, our fate, about what's happening here and about what life is life for us in the wake of The Storm. Maybe you've wanted to be involved in our recovery and wondered what you could do toward that end. Maybe you've been here before, know what this city means, and have been looking for a reason to come back. Well here it is.
We're reaching out to all our friends in the blogosphere and beyond to join us for The 2006 New Orleans Rising Tide Conference. This event will take place from August 25th through August 27th, just prior to the one-year anniversary of The Event bearing a name that no one around here seems to have the stomach to utter or type any longer. Myself, included. The event is being organized by the some of those people you saw in the pictures from the Geek Dinner.
You may consider coming for any of a number of reasons. But whatever your reason, there's no doubt that you'll get more out of the trip than just seeing New Orleans and meeting New Orleanians and fellow bloggers. Here's our blurb:
The Rising Tide Conference will be a gathering for all who wish to learn more and do more to assist New Orleans' recovery from the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina (and Rita). We will come together to dispel myths, promote facts, share personal testimonies, highlight progress and regress, discuss recovery ideas, and promote sound policies at all levels. We aim to be a "real life" demonstration of internet activism as the nation prepares to mark the one year anniversary of a massive natural disaster followed by governmental failures on a similar scale.
So, don't miss this opportunity to connect with other bloggers, blog-readers, and a variety of tech-savvy and civic-minded people who care about this city and its people just like you do. You can participate in our rebirth, no matter where you live. So please join us and be part of the Rising Tide. Keep an eye on the website, as we will be adding more information as the plan takes shape.