Forum on civic engagement

A small group of area activists, politicians and journalists (and yours truly, for some reason) gathered in Kingston on July 14 with the goal of creating a vibrant community through "A Forum for Engagement," an event which aims to focus on turning vision into action. What follows are highlights from the forum.

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  1. Panelist were white person, NY State Assemblyman and dude I like to make fun of Kevin Cahill; white person Michael D"Arcy, Kingston Neighborhood Watch; white person Elizabeth Hare, ReadyCollective; white person Tom Hoffay, Kingston Alderman and dude I like to make fun of; white person Brian Mahoney, Chronogram; white person Rebecca Martin, Kingston Land Trust; white person Scott Tillitt of BEAHIVE and me, of THE EVIL MAINSTREAM MEDIA OF DOOM AND DESPAIR AND DECADENCE, and not a white person.

  2. The forum began with introductions. Then a short TED talk video with Dave Meslin, called "The anotidote to apathy," was played.
  3. Here's the whole session. It lasted three hours. So grab a beer.

  4. TANGENT

  5. Just so you know, even cats were engaged.

  6. This nonsense, by the way is a reference to this.

  7. Another cat
  8. Images
  9. From the stage.
  10. After the panel, at left, N.Y. Assemblyman Kevin Cahill, D-Kingston, and Mike D'Arcy, founder of the Kingston Neighborhood Watch, pick topics of importance.
  11. Tweets during the session were rolling on a screen on top of the panelists. These are some of those tweets (I'm omitting retweets).

  12. I posted this in advance and it came on the screen when I had my hands on my head. The audience got a chuckle out of that.
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