The livestream will be available at the following link.
On the day of the Congress make sure to update your browser and that you have the latest version of Flash Player installed for the best viewing experience.
Bookmark this page and be sure to come back on May 7 and 8, 2015 for the full Congress program and moderated online discussion. In the meantime, get inspired with these ideas and plan a viewing session in your community:
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 Edmonton 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 7 – Friday, May 8, 2015. You can view the speakers bios here. Here a few basic items and tips you’ll need to organize a community Congress Meet-Up:
- 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 Mountain Daylight Time (MDT). 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.
- If you were considering watching the livestream anyway, why not invite some colleagues to stop by and watch it together? Hosting a group viewing room to watch the Congress livestream together is a great way to spark new collaborations and create new ideas and opportunities.
- You may want to engage a volunteer or colleague who is good at typing to be in charge of summarizing and typing the group's comments and questions into the livestream chat.
- Over lunch or dinner on Thursday or Friday, you may want to host an informal roundtable discussion. Consider inviting a colleague or two with interesting experiences in a particular subject area to briefly present their perspective and/or facilitate the discussion.
- Try to remember to post a sign or two in your meeting area(s) with your WiFi network name and password. This will help your participants get online faster, in case they want to tweet or ask questions directly.
- If you can, offering refreshments toward the back of your screening room, or in an adjacent area is a great way to keep everyone's energy levels up. Simple things like coffee, water, juice and cookies can help bring people together, creating opportunities for informal conversation and mixing.
Remind your colleagues you’re hosting a Live Stream Meet-Up! Let your community know they can come watch together, and, if you want, let them know there will be a healthy mix of watching and talking.
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