HotSoup Partners With Clinton School

From the release:

    The Clinton School has fast built a reputation for attracting high-profile speakers to its Arkansas campus to discuss public policy and the issues and trends shaping our country.

    Now, the school is asking the community to get involved. HOTSOUP community members can submit questions in advance, for speakers such as George Stephanopoulos (presenting today) and others, and discuss speeches and responses in HOTSOUP’s online forums.

    It’s a new approach to extending the reach of educational events using social networking, and another endorsement of HOTSOUP’s fast-growing online community.

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    Clinton School of Public Service Taps Issues-Based Community® to Engage Citizens Nationwide; Gives Visiting Lecturers National Platform

    – Jesse Jackson and George Stephanopoulos Among First to Field Questions From Popular Online Community –

    Washington DC – DECEMBER 11, 2006 – The University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service is partnering with to significantly extend the impact and reach of its nationally renowned series of speakers and public programs. Members of, the popular issues-based community, will be able to participate in Clinton School lectures by contributing questions in advance of the engagement and discussing content with community members after the fact. Today, George Stephanopoulos will present at the school and will answer questions posed by the HOTSOUP community.

    “By teaming up with an existing, vibrant community of people interested in discussing the most important issues of the day, we’re increasing not only visibility, but participation in our programs,” said Skip Rutherford, dean of the school. “HOTSOUP’s success in bridging the divide between household-name leaders and everyday community influencers makes it an ideal partner as we roll out this interactive educational experience.”

    The Clinton School has fast earned a reputation for attracting world-class speakers. Its newly launched Research Center Web site ( archives past presentations from luminaries such as President Clinton, Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, Spanish President Jose Maria Aznar, President Paul Kagame of Rwanda, Senators Bob Dole and John Edwards, and business moguls Ted Turner (CNN), Larry Page (Google) and Steve Case (AOL). The site also features interviews with many of the speakers from the school’s local public radio show, “The Power of One.”

    Soon after George Stephanopoulos’ appearance today, HOTSOUP members will be able to view and discuss highlights of his presentation. The range of responses from the HOTSOUP community include, questions regarding his experience in the Clinton Administration, insights into the seemingly corrupt nature in Washington and questions regarding the differing media strategies of the Clinton and Bush Administrations. Last week’s speech by Jesse Jackson followed the same format, sparking suggestions, discussion and debate on HOTSOUP community members asked about the difficulty of having frank discussions on race, and Jackson responded, saying education is the key to better communication and reconciling racial differences.

    “At HOTSOUP, we’re giving community members new opportunities to be heard, and to participate in a national dialog about meaningful issues,” said Ron Fournier, co-founder and editor in chief. “This partnership with the Clinton School gives our members another way to get involved and join the conversation.”

    About is the premier online community for the millions of influencers who want a say in how to improve America. Harnessing the power of social networking technology, HOTSOUP community Members discuss and debate the topics that are relevant to their lives and critical to our country’s organized institutions – from politics and business, to religion and the media. A community comprised of involved, passionate, and concerned individuals, HOTSOUP will turn the pathways of influence in this nation upside down as community Members help rewrite the national agenda and leaders engage with their constituencies in new ways.

    About The Clinton School of Public Service
    The Clinton School of Public Service is an independent entity of the University of Arkansas System, working in collaboration with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. For more information, visit The Clinton School is currently accepting applications for the fall of 2007 class.