About a year ago Joi Ito started a discussion of “Emergent Democracy,” about how a mix of our existing tools plus new social software and social network technologies relate to democracy. Joi et al were seeing the potential for blogs to become politically relevant tools, and noting how themes, issues, and positions seem to emerge from blog activity – hence emergent democracy. O’Reilly Books, understanding that this discussion is extremely relevant as Internet tools become essential to political campaigns, movements, and adhocracies, is holding an Emergent Democracy Forum at the beginning of its Emerging Technology conference in February. With Mitch Ratcliffe, I’m writing a book on the subject; Mitch and I will both be at the conference; hope to see you there, too. [Link]