Update: I failed to attribute this initial section to the article by Carrie Kirby on sfgate & the Chronicle - my bad. I linked to KRON and several liveblog aggregations below earlier while posting over several hours (a hospital on-call Saturday & Sunday) and frankly just forgot to add a citation at the beginning as well.
Note to self: proof posts when you are exhausted.
The July 30 San Francisco Chronicle reported on a conference that gives me great hope that gatherings like this can really make a difference:
Three Bay Area bloggers -- Lisa Stone, Elisa Camahort and Jory DesJardins -- held a conference yesterday in Santa Clara in an effort to raise women's prominence in the blogosphere. The BlogHer conference started with -- what else? -- a blog, where the organizers posted ideas for the event. Feedback from other bloggers quickly materialized. The resulting event was as much about community building and sharing skills as it is about getting attention. A local TV channel - KRON - covered it here.
Reading the postings running up to this and through this, I am struck by how bottom-up this event appears. This is a hopeful reminder that emergence is not just a book or theorey, but is a practical reality.