Came across this post (via James Leventhal on Twitter) - Radical Ideas or New Directions for AIC?
- about how the AIC might want to think about structuring their conferences in future. There is also a related post, La otra conservation: Radical Questions for Conservation
, that also takes further the discussion about the role of professional organisations and poses the thought that "Recently it appears that the question of the role of professional organisations has been coming under greater scrutiny. However, I wonder whether this is in actual fact a bit of an illusion, and if what’s actually happening is that these questions are being more openly discussed because of the technologies (principally Web 2.0
) that are driving, and making public, these questions?"
I went to a recent conference, Enterprise 2.0, where two people attended via Twitter through following both the back channel and tweets from the one colleague who the company could afford to actually attend. The summary of the Tweets from that conference can be found here
as a conference record - much faster than any other way to share outcomes (instead of the usual waiting for papers to be published, etc, etc).
I'm at the Museums Australia Annual Conference
in Newcastle right now and these posts have given me much food for thought in terms of our own professional organisation and the role of the annual conference. Our Twitter stream is #ma2009
, doubt if anyone will use it tho - we seem a bit behind here :(