Planning the next party

The battle for presidential nominations has long moved on from Iowa. The whole thing now feels of the morning after a college party – the lingering smell of old booze, scattered debris and plenty of stories to share.

And like any good party folk, we’re already thinking about our next bash.

The Wallace House Foundation – where I worked as a marketing intern during my senior year of college – is hosting a “Dialogue Dinner” focusing on issues relating to the Iowa caucus of 2012.

The list of participants is stellar. It includes a couple former lieutenant governors, university professors and influential journalists.

I was lucky enough to nab one of the final couple of seats at the dinner table with these folks, and I’m curious to see how the discussions evolve.

The caucuses have big implications for Iowa – we’re talking big money, big attention and some real power. Those are things that, frankly, don’t come Iowa’s way all that often.

And while I’m certainly interested in the political implications of all this, there are bigger things lurking here. In an era of everyone clamoring for “change,” there’s no reason to believe the current nomination process won’t evolve as well.

Maybe it should. Maybe it shouldn’t.

But either way, this dialogue is about more than simple politics. We’re talking Iowa’s brand, the future of participatory democracy and how to make it easier to change the world. Or at least that’s what I’d like to talk about.

Much more on this over the next 48 hours.

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