AmericaSpeaks brings citizens together with video conferencing

Monday, May 3 2010

Video conferencing has been saving national businesses countless dollars as a meeting and travel alternative. Now, could videoconferencing tools help solve the national fiscal crisis?

AmericaSpeaks is using videoconferencing solutions to bring together constituents across the country so they can unite their voices to shape public policies in light of the current fiscal crisis. The nonprofit is dedicated to engaging citizens in governance, and now video and webcast technologies could help citizens from coast to coast engage each other.

In light of the challenges that will face the U.S. economy in 2010, national foundations have stepped up and offered AmericaSpeaks funds to ensure Americans will have the opportunity to weigh in on policy debates.

The Peter G. Peterson Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation have contributed $4.2 million to AmericaSpeaks' upcoming national town hall meeting event - Our Budget, Our Economy. The funds are being used in part to equip 20 participating cities with the webcast and video conferencing tools needed to connect attendees around the nation.

"Bringing together thousands of diverse Americans from across the country simultaneously to discuss the nation's fiscal challenges holds the promise of spurring an even broader national dialogue," MacArthur Foundation President Robert Gallucci said.

The national town meeting will take place on June 26, and will be brought to a television or computer near you thanks to video conferencing technologies.ADNFCR-3295-ID-19755857-ADNFCR