This is the first time I've been pitched to host a live stream of a conference on my blog and ask a question of the panel remotely. Using a live streaming application called "Live Stream," conference organizers of the Governor's Nonprofit Leadership Conference in Texas are hoping to draw in an online audience into the discussion about social innovation.
It will take place Wednesday December 9 at 10:30 CST as part of Business Boomer's Live Webcast and broadcast a conference session with Andrew Wolk, CEO of Rootcause, Elizabeth Darling, CEO of One Star Foundation, and Stacey Caldwell, Executive Director of Dallas Social Venture Partners. Here's the description.
Organizations focusing on today's social innovations range from a handful experienced players (Root Cause, Ashoka, Standford Social Innovation Review) to a growing presences of regional nonprofits and/or social enterprises addressing fundamental community problems. With a newly established federal agenda to stimulate and nurture social innovation in this country, how will Sonal Shah, head of the White House Office of Social Innovation create a national agenda sparked by efforts on the ground that can spread across the country and line up with other successful global initiatives such as the United Kingdom’s Office of the Third Sector and Canada’s growing Centers for Social Innovation?
LiveStream is one of a number of platforms that allows anyone to create their own talk show over the Internet. All you need to do is open up an account, turn on your webcam and start live streaming. You can also livestream with your mobile phone.
LiveStream and other platforms like it can be used creatively at conferences to involve an online audience. For me the interesting design challenge is how to make it an interactive and meaningful experience for those who are watching at their desktops. I think it requires a moderator or perhaps two moderators who work together to weave together the online discussion into the real-time event.
More and more social media is changing how people present at conferences. As a presenter, you have more to think about beyond creating beautiful slides and practicing your verbal delivery. Now you need to learn how to incorporate Tweeting or Livestreaming. That's the subject of Cliff Atkinson's new book, The Backchannel, and can't wait to read.