Two opportunities to focus on what’s important are coming up this weekend: The Gandhi-King Conference on Peacemaking, “A Living Movement Toward a World of Peace, Solidarity, and Justice,” and Livable Memphis’ annual confab, which this year is entitled “Wired Citizen: Using Technology to Connect Cities and Communities.

Here’s the message from Livable Memphis:

Other cities have set a high bar for informative, user-friendly website that offer citizens easy access to information, problem solving and valuable community data. We can have this too! Find out how:

When: Saturday October 22

Where: Bridges, 477 North 5th Street

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: A’yen Tran will be delivering the keynote address. Ms. Tran is an Interactive Project Manager with Local Projects, an innovative media design firm. They created CHANGE BY US – an idea sharing and community organizing venue that is helping people make their cities better places to live. How cool!

Check it out at and then register to hear A’yen Tran!


***Enter “livable” in the code box to waive the $5 registration fee***

Can’t spend the entire day? Join us for PART ONE: WIRED CITIZEN and/or PART TWO: GovCamp

PART ONE: WIRED CITIZEN 8am-1pm (keynote lunch included with registration)

Registration/Coffee: 8:00am

Opening: 8:30am-9:00am

Welcome by Livable Memphis; The implications of technology and the city by U of M Professor Jason Sonnenfelt

9:00am-9:45am Breakout Session: (Choose One)

A. Panel discussion on using technology for advocacy and community organizing.

* Moderator: Emily Trenholm

* MidSouth Peace and Justice Center, Brad Watkins

* Madison Ave bike lanes, Les Edward

* Shelby Child Impact Statement, Mike Schmidt

B. Public technology tools available in Memphis

* Moderator: Kerry Hayes

* MATA, John Lancaster

* MLGW, Richard Thompson

* HCD,

* Real Time Crime Center, John Harvey

* Mayors Office, Kerry Hayes

C. Focus Group on developing a new City of Memphis website – your input is needed!

10:00am-10:45am Breakout Session: (Choose One)

D. Neighborhood groups using technology

* Moderator: Paige Walkup

* Cooper Young, Chris Huntley

* Sea Isle Park, Philip Laster

* South Main Businesses, John Sylvester

E. Faith-based groups using technology

* Moderator: Kathy Cowan

* New Direction Christian Church, Shamichael Hallman

* additional panelists TBA

F. Focus Group on developing a new City of Memphis website – your input is needed!

11:00am-11:45am Plenary: How are Other Cities Connecting?

Kerry Hayes, Mayor Wharton’s Special Assistant for Research and Innovation, will walk us through some great examples of how other cities are using data and technology to make their cities better places to live.

* Atlanta’s data and statistics site:

* Greater Louisville Project:

* Chattanooga STAND:

* See Click Fix:

* ParkScan San Francisco:

* Change By Us NYC:

* Chicago Bike Program:

Visit our ongoing technology bar throughout the day to explore our favorite websites from other cities, data applications, and more. 12:00noon – 1:00pm Keynote: (boxed lunch)

NYC’s Local Projects – a renowned media design firm and creators of CHANGE BY US – NYC’s idea sharing technology platform.

PART TWO: GovCamp by Launch Memphis

12:00pm-4:00pm GovCamp (keynote lunch included with registration)

Governments across the country have been making data sets open and available to all citizens, and we’d like to bring that trend to Memphis. So what does that mean to you? Innovative citizens can do extraordinary things with this this kind of data! What are some cool things the City of Memphis and its citizens can do with all this information? Well, that’s the point of GovCamp…city officials will present data that could be made available. Then, citizens will have their chance to apply that data in open and innovative ways.

Here’s the message Mid-South Peace and Justice Center about the Gandhi-King Conference, “A Living Movement: Toward a World of Peace, Solidarity and Justice”:

October 21-23, 2011, Christian Brothers University

The Peace & Justice Studies Association (PJSA) and the Gandhi-King Conference (GKC) are pleased to announce our first ever jointly sponsored annual conference.

This year’s conference will be held on the Christian Brothers University campus in Memphis, Tennessee, from Friday, October 21st through Sunday, October 23rd. We are pleased to announce that our keynote speakers this year will include Dolores Huerta, David Bacon, Clayborne Carson, Pancho Ramos-Stierle and Nipun Mehta, plus musical guest David Rovics.

The PJSA and the GKC are partnering this year to promote dynamic exchange among individuals and organizations working for a more just and peaceful world. This partnership promises a unique conference experience that combines the best of scholarly and grassroots perspectives on the pressing issues of justice in our communities and around the globe. 2011 plenary speakers include: Dolores Huerta, co-founder of United Farm Workers of America alongside Cesar Chavez, Dr. Clayborne Carson, lifelong civil rights activist, author, and founder and director of the Dr. King Research Center at Stanford University, David Bacon, award winner writer and photojournalist focusing on issues of immigration and war resistance, Pancho Ramos-Stierle and Nipun Mehta of Charity Focus, and special musical guest, world-renown political singer/songwriter David Rovics.

Where: Christian Brothers University, 650 E. Parkway. Registration in the gymnasium.

Who: Presented by the National Civil Rights Museum, Mid-South Peace and Justice Center,  BRIDGES, Metta Center for Nonviolence Education, and Pax Christi Memphis. Sponsored by Methodist Hospital, and FedEx.

To register and/or get more information on the conference, go to or call 901.725.4990.