Social Media in Public Life E-Conference

Survey on Social Media in Public Life E-Conference - National and Community Service Training


The Corporation for National and Community Service has a call out for bids for national training assistance. Category Two seeks to meet the "goal of providing high quality training and other events through innovative and cost effective means" with $3.5 million available for a number of providers. We think we might have an idea that could attract a modest portion of those funds.

With your help, E-Democracy.Org is exploring a proposal for an special one-week "Social Media and Public Life E-Conference" followed by regional in-person community service "unconferences" (also known as barcamps in the tech world) and the conversion of e-conference content into a world-class collection of on-demand webinars.

With this survey you can "register" your interest to attend, partner with the proposal/offer in-kind support, propose e-workshop topics and presenters (including yourself on a potential sub-contract), etc..

If you need more information before answering the survey, please visit our wiki-based information page. Links to provide further comment and get involved are available there as well.

ALL questions are optional.

1. Would you participate in a multi-day e-conference on "Social Media in Public Life" with an emphasis on using online tools and strategies in community and national service?
2. Due to the economic recession are you participating in fewer traditional in-person conferences and training opportunities due to cost (fees, travel, lodging, etc.)?
3. Regardless of the current economy, do you find traditional in-person community service conferences and training difficult to participate in due to lack of availability in your local area, travel costs, time availability, disability, or family/child care situation, etc?
4. What roles would you see yourself playing in the e-conference?
5. What skills would you like to build? What knowledge would you like to gain? What potential workshop topics would interest you most?
6. What skills, knowledge, and experiences would you like to *share* with other participants?
7. While the majority of the event costs would be covered by this grant if received, a fee is important to ensure participant commitment. What registration fee is reasonable (imagine scores of small group exchanges, 30 profile workshops repeated through the week and available on-demand, a few live keynote speakers and panels, etc. at a level not easy to find free online)?
8. How many people in your organization, program, or other friends and contacts do you think you would register and participate in the e-conference with your encouragement? (Assume a price of $25, $10 for students/low income.)
9. What "public" social media tools do you currently use? How?
10. Other than yourself, who would you like to see lead or present a workshop? This could be someone from your organization, someone you've seen speak, etc.
11. If you like to be considered as a potential e-workshop presenter, speaker, etc. please share a simple topic title and your contact information. Please include links to your public presence online if any. Our proposal will seek the level of resources required to support a number of high quality, well recommended e-speakers for 5 to 10 days of work on contract. You may be listed in as an interested e-speaker in our submission, but the actual selection of sub-contractors will involve a round of outreach, session outlining and feedback from likely e-conference participants.
12. Unconference - Are you interested in participating in a post-e-conference regional/local day long in-person "unconference" to exchange knowledge and experience? (In a typical "unconference" (also known as "barcamps" or "open space" gatherings) starts with a theme that attracts people and a group process to identify topics for exchange. People then break into small groups and then reconvene sharing highlights from their session with full group.)
13. If your organization is also preparing a national service training bid and would like to partner in some way, let us know here. We are open to all sort of collaborative arrangements.
14. If you would like e-mail updates on the possibility of an e-conference and/or related in-person "unconferences" on Social Media in Public Life, please leave your e-mail address. It will not be used for any other purpose.
15. If you left your e-mail above, please select any additional information you would like to receive:
16. Bonus Question - Share the names and links to your favorite online sources of news, information, discussion/community, inspiration, and perspiration related to community service (local on up, from blogs and twitter feeds to sites in other countries). We will compile and share the list.
17. Additional comments:
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