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  • jonippolito 4:09 am on November 21, 2010 Permalink
    Tags: , organizers   

    Thanks to all… 

    …who made this “hyperblog” for the 2010 Cohen Forum on transparency a success! Special thanks to Sunny Hughes for live-blogging the conference and feeding questions to the panelists, to Desiree Butterfield-Nagy for organizing the forum, and to Joline Blais for suggesting this interactive accompaniment to the live event.

    Registration is now closed, but all the posts are archived here for future reference. Please contact Still Water for more information.

  • jonippolito 8:45 pm on November 12, 2010 Permalink
    Tags: , economics, film, life, , television,   

    Trust and Truth in Documentary Filmmaking 

    Aron Gaudet, Director, and Gita Pullapilly, Producer, of The Way We Get By are describing their experience with broadcast news’ lack of transparency and their motivation for creating a documentary film.

    • jonippolito 8:48 pm on November 12, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Aron is describing a news reporter doing a story on a certain company leaving a small town. A survey of people on the street found a majority of people (like 48 out of 50) who were happy a certain company was leaving, and only two who thought it was “devastating.” Because the majority opinion wasn’t “newsworthy,” the station only aired a report featuring the views of the minority that the company’s loss was devastating.

    • jonippolito 8:53 pm on November 12, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Gita is describing the surprising openness of the troop greeters she and Aron portrayed in this documentary film.

      • Katherine 9:00 pm on November 12, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        I wonder how they felt when they saw it the first time?

    • jonippolito 9:02 pm on November 12, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Aron is describing how the film created over the course of three years a sense of relationship between the filmmakers and their subjects, and how the filmmakers created reciprocal, long-term relationships, spending time with and without cameras. Aron and Gita are contrasting this approach with the typical reporter who drops in on a person during the worst time of her life–say, when her house just burned down–asks to reveal her most intimate personal feelings, and then never sees her again.

      It’s a bit of a surprise to me that the greeters didn’t see the film until it was finished, and I’m curious like Katherine how they felt about it in its finished form. In other respects, however, I do see their story as another version of Joline Blais’ claim that transparency is already “built-in” to local relationships and communities.

      • Katherine 9:07 pm on November 12, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        It must be a surreal experience to watch an interpretation of you own life….

  • jonippolito 7:57 pm on November 11, 2010 Permalink
    Tags: , questions   

    Welcome to this site! 

    We’re looking forward to a stimulating discussion on open governance, and hoping this blog will help by gathering comments and questions from people in the audience. Just hit Reply next to any comment to add your own.

    You can also ask questions about how the blog works. Don’t worry–it’s really easy!

    In the meantime, thanks to everyone who made this conference and Web site possible.

    • Martin 1:52 pm on November 12, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Will questions posted here be answered by the presenters?

      • sunny_hughes 2:08 pm on November 12, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Yes. We will pass questions on to the moderators.

    • Martin 3:58 pm on November 12, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      How do I add my photo? I don’t think I have apprpriate permissions in the system, or at least I can’t find the option.

      • sunny_hughes 4:08 pm on November 12, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        To upload a photo for the blog, use the gravatar site:

        use your login and password for the wordpress blog to log in.

        then upload a photo.

        you will get a confirmation notice in your email which you need to confirm to activate it; in a few minutes the photo/gravatar will appear on the blog.

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