Information AdvocacySM

In early 2013, Information AdvocacySM held a series of weekly workshops. Please see our IA Training page to learn more about those. For background on the whole concept, this is the page to look at.
The first post-Conference meeting was held on June 30, 2012. See details, including notes, photos, and videos as well as the information we posted in advance.

On a warm, humid Friday in May, Information AdvocacySM was lifted off the ground as several tables full of caring, accomplished, and trusty people, having heard a morning full of conference speeches, chose to stay the afternoon, when they turned ideas into the first I.A. plans of action!

Before the conference, Flier #1 (pdf) promoted the event, as did Flier #2 (pdf). We posted a preliminary details page (html), too, and posted then updated a Press Release (html).

Documents handed out at the conference included an overall agenda (doc) and a list of discussion questions (doc) for the breakout sessions.

Baba Bob Shipman shot these still photos (at Facebook, sign-in not required).

VIDEO (YouTube)

  • Daniel Shiffner (6m54s)
  • Michael Rice (3m33s)
  • Michael Rice (18m08s)
  • Stan Pokras (8m41s)
  • Contents

    For the latest version of the following: IA Notebook at Wikidelphia


    Hi All.

    I am looking for people who would like to join me in studying the role that an Information Advocate might play in neighborhoods, community centers and churches. This role might include ordinary neighborhood news, but in addition, it might also work on a personal, one-on-one "real needs" counseling and match making level to help people find the social supports and material connections needed to make their everyday living work more smoothly.

    I currently manage an email list list with over 50 participants who have shown some interest in Information Advocacy.

    Please write if you'd like to learn more ... Stan <>

    The Notebook

    This page and the associated links and materials are available as a method for collecting resources that Information Advocates might use in the course of their work. This notebook can also serve as an outline for the further study towards the design and implementation of a network of Information Advocates. The network will need communication tools of its own to compliment existing information resources on the Internet and in existing institutions around the city. Interested people can help by considering how we can assemble a white paper on the effect a network of Information Advocates might have on the social and economic life of the city.


    Everything for Everybody

    The blog post about the Temple U meeting last Spring.

    I met Jack Scully in 1970. I ran the Everything for Everybody shop on South Street in Philly from June of 1970 to June of 1971. Here's one of its original advertising materials, an Everything for Everybody flier (PDF).

    The following year we called ourselves the "Information Store Collective." Alec Claton's experience as revealed in the essay below, happened between three and six years later.

    Alec Claton's article about his experience with Everything for Everybody in New York. 

    Civic Consciousness: Increasing Self-Sufficiency in the Complex Adaptive City

    Jennifer Pahlka believes that the value of a city reaches far beyond its borders.  (video)


    • Augmented social complexity
    • Consciously increasing the complexity of social consciousness.

    Network Theory

    Alternative Currencies

    Timebanks are systems that allow people to obtain & offer services without using cash. Learn more about them at the links below. These services offer the ability to keep track of the value of the services that are exchanged.

    Jem Bendell - The Money Myth (video)

    overview of information on local currencies

    Philadelphia area timebanks are listed here: Is-Timebank

    Resources Exchanges

    Resource Exchanges provide ways for people to exchange goods or services, but without providing a method for keeping track of the value of the exchange. 

    See Is-Resource Exchange Network

    Qualities of An Information Advocate

    Community members may wish to nominate Information Advocates to be their representative in a regional (city wide) advocate network. Nominations might take the form of a nominating survey style document that will ask the nominators to rate the nominee's virtues. The virtues that an advocate should possess might include:

    • Honesty
    • Reliability
    • Clarity
    • Sincerity
    • Discretion
    • Graciousness
    • Knowledgeable
    • Values


    • The Challenge of the Resource Exchange Network - Seymour B. Sarason & Elizabeth Lorentz (Jossey-Bass, 1979)
    • The Future of Money - Creating New Wealth, Work and a Wiser World - Bernard Lietaer (Random House, 1988)
    • Complexity - The Emerging Science at the Edge of Order and Chaos - M. Mitchell Waldrop (Simon & Schuster, 1992)