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Post-Event Notes from the Minnesota Voices Online Unconference

Thanks to everyone who participated (and that’s really everyone who attended) the MVO Unconference. You asked good questions, you had good answers – we came away smarter and with more connections. We successfully “connected rural Minnesotans with new media so every place can share its voice in the Internet age”. Our exchange continues online via our Minnesota Voices Online community.

Here are some post-unconference materials that capture or convey the event:

Please feel free to add your own!

Real-Time at the Minnesota Voices Online Unconference

Minnesota Voices Online Unconference

- There's an exciting theme.

- We get together.

- We share, network, and collaborate over a dynamic two days.

As part of its Rural Voices Initiative, the Blandin Foundation is working with E-Democracy.Org and other partners to host the Minnesota Voices Online Unconference, Friday, April 3rd and Saturday, April 4th, 2009 at the family-and-eco-friendly Inn on Lake Superior in Duluth. Get directions here.

The theme of the unconference is:

  • Minnesota Voices Online: Connecting rural Minnesotans with new media so every place can share its voice in the Internet age

Registration is now closed

  • If you haven't already, please add your name and links to this public list of Unconference people to introduce yourself to the 50+ registrants.

What the heck is an unconference?

  • According to Wikipedia, an unconference is a "facilitated, participant-driven conference centered around a theme or purpose." Instead of speakers boring you behind a podium with more slides than they can cover, everyone comes with certain experiences and skills that we exchange through conversation. Think online social networking in-person.

Final Agenda

The conference will start late afternoon on Friday, April 3rd with a reception then dinner (family friendly), and a fun evening opening session. Our exchange will continue through the day on Saturday with lots of opportunities for participant developed discussions and break-outs until the late afternoon when we conclude.

Friday, April 3rd

  • 4 - 5 PM Registration
  • 4:30 – 5:30 Social Hour
  • 5:30 – 6:30 Dinner
  • 6:45 – 8:00 Spectrogram Activity
  • 8:00 - 10:00 Optional Networking Time

Saturday, April 4th

  • 7:45 AM Breakfast
  • 8:30 – 8:45 Welcome
  • 8:45 – 9:45 Fishbowl
  • 9:50 - 10:00 Framing the Day
  • 10:00 – 10:30 Topic Development
  • 10:30 – 10:45 Networking Break
  • 10:45 – 10:50 Presentation of Round 1 Tool Topics
  • 10:50 - 11:30 Tool Session 1
  • 11:30 – 11:45 Tool Session 1 Learning Report Outs
  • 11:50 – 12:45 Lunch
  • 12:45 – 1:00 Presentation of Round 2,3 & 4 Tool and Strategy Topics
  • 1:00 – 1:40 Strategy Session 1
  • 1:40 – 1:55 Strategy Session 1 Learning Report Outs
  • 2:00 – 2:40 Tool Session 2
  • 2:40 – 2:55 Tool Session 2 Learning Report Outs
  • 3:00 – 3:40 Strategy Session 2
  • 3:40 – 3:55 Strategy Session 2 Learning Report Outs
  • 4:00 – 4:15 Wrap-Up

Family Friendly Stuff To Do In Duluth

  • Duluth Children's Museum [1]
  • Lake Superior Zoo [2]
  • Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory [3]
  • Great Lakes Aquarium [4]
  • Dewitz Seitz Shopping Center in Canal Park [5]
  • Climbing wall in Carnival Thrillz
  • Grandma’s Sport’s Garden: They have pool, air hockey and video games [6]
  • Lake Superior Marine Museum [7]

Pre-Conference Online Networking

A new Minnesota Voices Online community of practice is now open for Minnesotans (and beyond) interested in using new media to tell the story of their community, their community of interest or of Minnesota ( some examples we've found).

Pre-conference discussions:

More resources:

  • Delicious - View our list of site "tagged" mnvoices and tag some yourself.
  • The Wiki - This wiki page is a starting point for open planning and engagement of the participants (formerly known as the audience), and is totally editable by anyone.

Per our friends commenting at Perfect Duluth Day ... you can shape this event. Please join the Minnesota Voices Online community for developing "un" context.

"Wikis" are new to lots of people. They allow anyone to edit a page or offer value.

During the unconference, we will use the wiki in a semi-structured way to take notes, collect links, and more.

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