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Journalism That Matters: realNEO Optimizes IT For All - Create Or Die!
Submitted by Norm Roulet on Fri, 05/20/2011 - 05:21.
Since the 1990s, my personal professional mission has been "To Optimize Information Technology for All".
I've helped the world's greatest organizations optimize IT for all their stakeholders, as a consultant working around the globe, and I am enabling Ohio and the world to optimize IT for all citizens, as an information technology innovator in my home of Northeast Ohio. One important expression of my mission to optimize IT for all is realNEO.US - Regional Economic Action Links for North East Ohio - which I founded in 2004, moved into the dysfunctional but living Real Coop co-operative owned structure a few years later, and have since used to transform the information, technology, insight and action of the people of the world interested in Northeast Ohio, and the world.
I recently received an email from Bill Densmore, co-director of Journalism That Matters, inviting me to "Create or Die 2", offering a nice global opportunity to share the realNEO story more broadly. Journalism That Matters is "an evolving collaboration of individuals supporting the pioneers who are shaping the emerging news and information ecosystem" - Create or Die 2 is about "Disrupting the Status Quo with Journalism Innovation and Entrepreneurship" - and I can't imagine initiatives that fit better with realNEO and my mission.
Owned by the members of Real Coop, leveraging Drupal and other Free/Libre Open Source Software (FOSS/FLOSS), realNEO.US makes a unique statement on the world-wide web that is sustainable, has lasting significance, and is transforming social computing and Ohio to the core, by challenging polluters and government corruption, to say the least - I don't know of any other free, open, public applications of such technologies that may make such claims, over the better part of a decade, and are owned by a cooperative of all people.
The story of realNEO is certainly one of "Create or Die", as shortly after I founded the realNEO.US portal, and that started changing the community for the better - especially in raising awareness among victims of our lead poisoning crisis here - we were attacked by some of the most powerful leaders in Ohio... enabled by lawyers at Jones Day, one of the world's most powerful law firms, which defends lead poisoners against citizens... and which unfortunately performed the legal services to found our virtual world, and saw us become a threat to THEIR STATUS QUO and BIG clients... and Jones Day took serious and harmful steps to shut realNEO down and destroy my life... around five years ago, now.
As the technologist who created the portal transforming Northeast Ohio for the better - under attack from some of the most powerful "powers that be" in Ohio, who do not want to be transformed at all - I had the choice to create or die, and I created. I'm still alive today, as a result... thanks to realNEO, which provided me public shelter from this private storm.
It is very risky to kill anyone in the broad daylight of open social media, as Jones Day and their stakeholders have clearly learned. I'm still typing, and breathing, thank God.
I have jumped at the opportunity to attend Create Or Die 2 to share my experiences innovating social media here with other IT experts from around the world, and I have offered to host a table there to present our work optimizing IT for all here in Cleveland. As I am in the process of developing the open source United Cannabis Exchange (UCANX) for the world - which is a highly IT-intensive undertaking that will transform Earth for the better - I expect many such opportunities ahead... to meet up with other global information technology innovators, and recruit more supporters to realNEO.
I look forward to sharing "Create or Die 2, the conference, with create or die, the community... the real Northeast Ohio... the realNEO.
Others interested in Journalism that Matters should look into this event and join me there, if you share my passion to create or die - see Journalism that Matters for more details - watch realNEO in early June for more of the create or die world on the world-wide web.