Everyone knows that I just love Cory Booker… I hate that I missed SXSW this year.


Our time had expired, I was getting the “wrap it up, now!” signal from the volunteers charged with keeping the tech festival moving, and yet I knew the moment Mayor Cory Booker nearly vaulted out of his chair for one final question that things would run late. Very late.

In one of the most stirring 15-minute closing monologues I have witnessed at South By Southwest Interactive, the mayor of Newark laid out his vision for not just why social media must play an integral role in bringing government closer to its population but also why America will achieve its full potential only once the people collectively embrace what he identified as a “declaration of interdependence.”

Edging forward in his seat, Booker poured over his personal history, his hopes for the future, and his commitment to be an active player in the “conspiracy of love” that he says has defined his…

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