March 16, 2005

An Experiment in Democracy

We the Bloggers, in order to form a more perfect Blogosphere, hold these truths to be self-evident: Free Thought and Free Speech are the cornerstones of Free Societies and Free People; The tools and medium utilized to organize and express freethinking in the Blogosphere must be supported, advanced and defended; The misuse, as well as organized oppression, of the tools and medium should be recognized, monitored and thwarted; Understanding that the collective voice gains access, an influential voice for the Blogosphere to governments and the public in general should be democratic, and that all elected and appointed members of this democracy will operate with full transparency and 100% nonprofit methodology; The positive advancement of the Blogosphere in the public square and main stream media is a worthy effort to further universal growth and support of Blogs, Bloggers and Blogging and consequently Free Thought, Free Speech, and Free People.
The Blogosphere Foundation:
Headed by an Executive Board of nine men and women who will appoint Directors of the Guild, Union and Bureau; these appointments will be confirmed by the Congress. The Executive Board will also bring issues and funding activities to the Congress for approval. The Board will approve fundraising tactics of the Guild and Union, as well, the funds raised will be safeguarded by appointed Blogger Lawyers and Accountants and the Congress will confirm use of funds to insure that all methodologies are 100% nonprofit. Funding from the foundation will include events, legal needs, and actions taken for the betterment of the Blogosphere. Primary sources of funding will be from generous Public and Private Internet Corporations, and private donations. Initial and ongoing funding to be provided to nonprofit organizations such as The Committee to Protect Bloggers and The Media Bloggers Association, as well as other groups who exemplify the health and concerns of the Blogosphere. Initially, the Executive Board will need to be appointed from willing nominees; a select group of one hundred and twenty fair minded Bloggers will nominate and confirm Board members who will agree on policies and procedures, and once the policies and procedures of the Congress and its elected members are in place, the Congress will be responsible for nominating future board members who will be confirmed by the general Blogger population. As an example, men and women like Jay Rosen, Dan Gillmore, Rebbecca MacKinnon, David Sifry, Bill Ives, Scott W. Johnson, Peter Daou, Glenn Reynolds, Charlene Li, Jim Romenesko, Doc Searls, Lawrence Lessig, Michelle Malkin, Dave Winer, Charles Johnson, Maud Newton, Adam Curry, Shel Israel, Wil Wheaton, Radley Balko, would be excellent candidates for establishing the 100 Bloggers to help nominate and approve the first Foundation Executive Board. In fact, I propose that all bloggers go to and encourage each of the above twenty respected bloggers to call out five willing and honest bloggers, and together, these 120 founding Bloggers will vote for and appoint our first Blogosphere Foundation Executive Board. Can I get a second? Volunteers will be required to assist the Board Members in carrying out their organizational and administrative responsibilities.

March 10, 2005


to the Blogosphere Foundation