Tuesday, November 14, 2006

The 3rd Symposium Panelist for ALA MW

Oh boy, I'd have to go to the Symposium even if I wasn't one of the deciders. The third panelist will be Marc Smith of Microsoft Research. Marc is the Senior Research Sociologist, heading up the Community Technologies Group. Read about him, and his work here.

What a lineup! Howard Rheingold, danah boyd, Marc Smith and moderator Michael Stephens.

And I've asked for wireless Internet access to be available in whatever ballroom we are in...could hardly have a session on social networking in a dead space, could we? Which reminds me: the whole style of panels is not exactly the embodiment of a culture of participation. People take turns talking at you, the audience. You get to ask questions at some point. Granted, things are changing as bloggers provide commentary in real-time at many events, but it's unusual for this to be incorporated into the presentations. Does anyone have ideas, suggestions as to how we can make the symposium more network-y, more 2.0, more participatory for the 300 or so attendees?

6 comments:

Alan said...

I bet Michael would be good at this: suppose there were a blog for the symposium, to which those in attendance could post comments. Michael would have approval rights, and they could be projected in real time onto a screen behind the speakers.

I did think the participatory voting you did in a recent symposium could be made to work -- allowing the audience to be involved...if the presenters get set up to make that happen.

Eric said...

I may be biased but, Alane, you rock!

Guy Barry said...

I think the idea of a blog for the symposium is a good one,don't you?

Alane said...

Good suggestion, Alan! I will see what Michael thinks about this...I know I wouldn't be able to handle multiple channels during a presentation but I expect he can.

Beth Gallaway said...

Instead of a blog with comments... could you create an IRC chat room or meebo chat room and be commenting or posting notes as the speakers are presenting?

The transcript could be saved and posted along with the webcast as a running commentary on the topics and speakers...

Skip the moderation - trust that the participants will rise to the occassion and engage in a dialogue, not personal attacks on speakers or other chatters.


Of course, feeding the session into Second Life, live on Info Island, with audio and ppt would be awe-haw-some! Perhaps instead of a chat room or blog, you could invite SL residents to listen and participate and show that on a second screen.

Janet said...

You could do what Steven Cohen did in his social software presentation at Internet Librarian - he flung (ninja-star style) Starbucks cards at anyone correctly guessing the upcoming content of his presentation, and then welcomed the audience to completely update his presentation, and rewarded that behavior as well!