November 13, 2007
Times are a-changin’, Mobius tells Jewish establishment
He called himself ‘Mobius,’ and founded the Jewschool blog which talked about being Jewish in the 21st century in a way I could relate to, and, arguably, started the JBlog onslaught online.
Passionate, smart, and impatient, Mobius was recently plucked from blogistan and hired as The Web Guy at the Jewish Telegraphic Agency (The Al-Jazeera of the Jewish International Media Conspiracy, Inc.).
Mobius—real name Dan Sieradski—is in Nashville for this year’s General Assembly of The United Jewish Communities. The 2006 ‘GA.’ was a real snoozer, according to the coverage we ran last year.
He blogged about the GA earlier this week (pointing out some of the rampant BS in the air) and spoke to the part of the august assemblage today, reinforcing Stanley Gold’s insistence that the Federation system as we know it is largely irrelevant.
Mobius used the ‘web as empowering agent’ model to illustrate one way to the future. The WWW is two-way conduit, and the future lies in helping people connect and work together, on their own ideas, on their own initiatives, on and offline.
(I like how he was described in the news story. I wonder how many editorial hours were were spent on the wording!)
Anyhow, right on, Mobius, and let’s go, Stanley Gold. Enabling and empowering are the most important parts of your job.
Chabad’s Bob Zimmerman said it in 1963, too:
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