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On May 7, 2015, some 27 of the invitees to the RJI “action call” assembled at 8:30 a.m. in a drab meeting room at the Chicago O’Hare Hilton. They were joined by Bill Densmore, the RJI fellow and longtime community news entrepreneur who championed the Information Trust Exchange, Randy Picht, executive director of RJI, and five advisers.

Participants came to the meeting fully briefed on Densmore’s case for the ITE, which included a 110-page paper called “From Persona to Payment” that outlined the big picture, but also got under the hood for a look at all the moving parts. There were probing questions covering everything from big issues to the technical details. The answers — from Densmore, Picht and the advisers — seemed to satisfy everyone. In mid-afternoon, Picht asked the group to decide what to do — to move forward on building an ITE prototype, or not. There was a unanimous decision to move forward.

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