NeVC2011: Outstanding Professional Development! Free! Avoid Travel Hassles!

Excellent speakers! Rapid-fire interaction! No registration! No fees! No airline hassles! No per diems to worry about! No weird kids kicking the back of your seat! No airport parking nightmares! Sound enticing? Sound like your idea of professional development heaven?

Then join us October 17, 18, & 19 for the National eXtension Virtual Conference!!!

The Cooperative Extension System’s 2011 National eXtension Virtual Conference brings together an outstanding lineup of speakers for More Mind Reach, October 17, 18, & 19, 2011. Anyone working to reach and interact with the public will be interested in this active and reactive virtual conference designed to build your knowledge skill set about the changing world of information today and for the future.

To see recordings of the NeVC2011 go to:

The NeVC2011 will also be available in Second Life. Click here for connection information.

We realize that many of these sessions might fall during your lunch break. Grab your lunch, gather some colleagues around your desktop or laptop, and stay tuned for an outstanding professional development experience!


Howard Rheingold

“Using Social Media in Learning and Co-learning”

Howard Rheingold [] is an internationally syndicated author of the weekly Tomorrow column, author of best-sellers Virtual Reality and The Virtual Community, and editor of best-seller The Millennium Whole Earth Catalog. More information about Howard can be found here: or here: and follow him on Twitter:!/hrheingold He will kick off the NeVC2011 on Monday, October 17 at 11 a.m. Eastern Time.

Robin Good

“How Social Media, Curation and Infotention Will Transform Your Future”

Robin Good is an online writer, entrepreneur, speaker, and the publisher of an online magazine devoted to the effective use of new media technologies for business and communication. Though he has not published one yet, his work is mentioned in over 100 books and his writings have been read by nearly 10 million people in 2010. Robin Good has introduced and expanded the concept of “news radars” and curators since 2004, and now he actively curates multiple topics at: You can follow Robin on Twitter:!/robingood Robin will speak on Tuesday, October 18 at 11 a.m. Eastern Time.

Paulette Robinson

“Out of this World: Virtual Worlds in Government”

Paulette Robinson leads the Federal Consortium for Virtual Worlds, government, industry, and academia interested in virtual world use for confronting and solving common issues and is the Assistant Dean for Teaching and Learning for the Information Resources Management College at the National Defense University. Follow Paulette on Twitter:!/@VW_govie Paulette will speak on Tuesday, October 18 at 2 p.m. Eastern Time.

Clay Shirky

“Social Media, Curating, and Convening: Getting Value from Group Interaction”

Clay Shirky [] is the author of Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing Without Organizations (2008) and Cognitive Surplus: Creativity and Generosity in a Connected Age (2010) and studies the effects of the Internet on society. Learn more about Clay here: or here: Follow Clay on Twitter:!/cshirky Clay will speak on Wednesday, October 19 at 11 a.m. Eastern Time.

Steven Rosenbaum

“Curate The Cloud. How Too Much Information Puts Humans Back In Charge”

Steven Rosenbaum [] is the author of Curation Nation an exploration of the emerging phenomenon of human organization and publishing of content. He is also the founder of and the creator of MTV News Unfiltered. Learn more about Steven here: or here: Follow Steven on Twitter:!/magnify Steven will speak on Wednesday, October 19 at 2 p.m. Eastern Time.

Each NeVC2011 keynote presenter will speak for 45-minutes. After a short break, you, as an attendee, may join an interactive conversation via telephone, Connect chat or Twitter to gain more insight into each of these topics with the presenter, facilitators, and reactors.

All sessions will be recorded for later viewing.

Begin following NeVC2011 on Twitter at #nevc2011 and JOIN us October 17, 18, 19!!!


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  1. 1 Rebecca Bankhead

    What an impressive program being offered for free. Thank you for putting this offering together for Extension staff especially. Are the speakers pictured the only speakers that will be presenting for this NeVC 2011 Conference?

    Thanks again,

    Rebecca Bankhead

  2. 2 Terry Meisenbach

    Rebecca…thanks for your comment. Yes, there are five outstanding keynote speakers this year. They are the only speakers we will feature in the NeVC2011.

  3. 3 Chad W

    What topics will each speaker be covering?

  4. 4 National eXtension Virtual Conference Simulcast in SL | Living in the Modem World

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  5. 5 Andy M

    I cannot find the topics being covered by these speakers, only their bios. Give the topics of their presentations and how it could help us, otherwise, why should I tune in?

  6. 6 Dr.M.S. Sachdev

    It will be a good opportunity to listen to social media experts on how this will transform future of the knowledge delivery system. Sachdev, New Delhi, India

  7. 7 Bonnie Braun

    Will it be possible for non-Extension colleagues to join-in as guests? I have several here in the School of Public Health at the University of Maryland College Park who are very interested in the topics being featured.

    Thank you in advance for recording and posting for later viewing. I’m traveling all next week so will take advantage of the archives.

    Bonnie Braun
    Extension Specialist

  8. 8 Terry Meisenbach

    Andy, thanks…the presentation titles have been posted.

  9. 9 Terry Meisenbach

    Hi Bonnie,

    Yes, non-Extension colleagues may join this conference as well. There is no registration; no fee. Thanks for recommending to others!!!

  10. 10 Terry Meisenbach

    Thank you Sachdev…we’re looking for an excellent opportunity as well!

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  13. 13 Celeste

    This conference is excellent! Carve time out of your day for this folks it is worth every minute!

  14. 14 Terry Meisenbach

    Thank you Celeste…

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  17. 17 Peg Boyles

    Outstanding, simply outstanding event! Well done!

    A few random suggestions for next year’s NeVC:

    Diversify the demographics of presenters (e.g., people of color, immigrants, young people and/or elders).

    Discuss the barriers to online participation that have more to do with psychology or culture than with access.

    Invite a designer to present. Explore the deep connection between information design and knowledge transfer.

    Invite a couple of key Extension directors to present and challenge them to bring their peers from other states to the conference.

  18. 18 Terry Meisenbach

    Thanks Peg…great suggestions!!! We’ll keep them in mind for the next NeVC!

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