2010 National eXtension Virtual Conference: A Symposium on Working Differently

eXtension is pleased to announce it will hold the 2010 National eXtension Virtual Conference on October 18, 19, 20, 2010. The conference, titled A Symposium on Working Differently, will feature both keynote speakers as well as opportunities for interaction and dialog between participants.

Keynote speakers for the conference include:


Lee Rainie, Director of the Pew Internet & American Life Project, a non-profit, non–partisan “fact tank” that studies the social impact of the Internet.


Nancy White, Full Circle Associates, an international practitioner in understanding and practicing online group facilitation of distributed work, learning and community groups.


Harold Jarche, Jarche Consulting & the Internet Time Alliance, helps organizations make sense of the Web for community building, collaboration, professional development and communication.

eXtension is also seeking proposals, due Friday, September 17, for Critical Conversation segments of the program. These conversations will be held around the keynote speakers each day. Each conversation will be 45 minutes in length. The conversations will be interactive and engaging and topics will reflect collaboration, teamwork, working differently, network literacy, serving new and existing audiences in new and different ways. Some areas of interest will include open education, global interests and their impact on Cooperative Extension, intellectual property, barriers and solutions to working differently, and exploring emerging topics in education and technology.

Proposals will include the topic, proposer name and contact information, a 100-word synopsis, suggested conveners and/or facilitators for the conversation, and rationale regarding relevance of the topic to the conference. Click here to submit a proposal.

More information regarding specific times and conversation titles will be provided in the October eXtension UPDATE. Current scheduling for the 2010 National eXtension Virtual Conference, presented via Adobe Connect, Second Life, and streaming video, will be Monday, October 18 from 2 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern; Tuesday, October 19, from 11 a.m. to 5:20 p.m. Eastern; and, Wednesday, October 20 from 11 a.m. to 5:20 p.m. Eastern.


on “2010 National eXtension Virtual Conference: A Symposium on Working Differently”

  1. 1 Celia Hayhoe

    Is it necessary to register or can we just show up when we are availalbe.

  2. 2 Terry Meisenbach

    Celia, no registration is necessary. We will be providing connection information in the October UPDATE.

  3. 3 Chris SKelly

    Can collegues who are NOT eXtension members attend any sessions?

  4. 4 Terry Meisenbach

    Of course, everyone is welcome. And, maybe those who are not eXtension ID holders will be inspired to join!! Thanks again for your questions.

  5. 5 Suzanne Wilson

    Will discussion topics include “working differently” with youth through 4-H or other organizations? As well how to show/convince administration folks that haven’t arrived to the “working differently” world that this method works.

    thanks looking forward to workshop..

    Suzanne Wilson, 4-H Youth Development

  6. 6 Terry Meisenbach

    Suzanne…please propose a topic like this, especially if you feel it’s something that we need more information and discussion on. YOU can bring it to the table!!!!

  7. 7 Patty Case

    Will these presentations be archived?

  8. 8 Terry Meisenbach

    Patty, yes…all sessions will be archived. We’ll announce the archive location following the conference.

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