Rural Voices Unconference – April 3-4 in Duluth, Minnesota


Registration is now open for the Minnesota Voices Online Unconference:

Here are some details:

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.

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

Register now – Only $35 including Friday dinner

  • After you register, add your name and links to this public list of Unconference people to introduce yourself.

What the heck is an unconference?

  • According to Wikipedia, an unconference is a “facilitated, participant-driven conference centered around a theme or purpose.”


Watch this space for a more detailed event time line.

  • 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. While supplies last, rooms at the discount rate are available Saturday night if you want to make a weekend of it (see registration site for details).

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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