Consider hosting a community meet-up to watch the Congress livestream together!
Since announcing the Culture Days Congress, a number of community organizers have come forward asking how they might host a public screening of the Congress livestream for activity organizers to watch together. This is a great idea.
Getting local Culture Days organizers and potential collaborators together in person to hear interesting speakers and discuss best practices is a great way to spark new ideas and generate opportunities. You know that buzz you get when you go to a great conference? You’re filled with ideas, you’ve met all these great new contacts, and you’re filled with renewed energy and desire to collaborate. If you can’t fly to Winnipeg to attend the Congress in person, consider taking advantage of the free livestream and organizing a sort of ‘local congress’ – a community meet-up to watch and discuss the Congress livestream together.
It’s easy, you can keep it loose and informal, and it’s not too late to start organizing one now.
The dates and speakers have already been selected: Thursday, May 22 – Friday, May 23, 2014. You can view the speakers bios here. The 3 basic items you’ll need to organize a community Congress Meet-Up are:
- A good meeting space with reliable Internet, and a way to project video from your computer. Having someone technical around to set up the projector for you would be helpful too.
- A copy of the Congress schedule, available here. Keep in mind that the times on the schedule are in Central Daylight Time (CDT). All of the proceedings will be streamed online, except for the reception, networking breaks, and meals. Those are the times when you and your guests will probably want to take breaks and converse with one another too.
- An invitation to colleagues and community members; remember to include the Congress schedule. Email, call, and ask your colleagues to spread the word. You’re hosting a Congress Meet-Up: Let’s watch the llvestream together. Bring an idea for a topic you want to discuss during the coffee breaks and breakout sessions, or before or after the Live Stream. Bring snacks, bring friends, but do RSVP please.
Stay tuned for more tips on ways to spark brainstorms, and enticing people to get out of their office routine and join you for an inspiring day or two of creative, thoughtful discussion and action-setting.
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