The Future Trends Forum town hall meeting, where the guest is your fine selves

This week the Future Trends Forum turns one.  In response, we’re celebrating by holding a community gathering, a virtual town hall meeting.  This Thursday, February 16th, the special guests are… you all.

Everyone who has participated – all nearly 60 guests, and roughly 1,400 participants so far – is invited to think, talk, listen, and video about where the project is, and where it should go next.  A bunch of those guests plan on checking in.  If you haven’t been to the Forum before, consider yourself doubly invited.  If you don’t know much about the Forum, click here for info and tons of recordings.

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As someone living actively in Vermont, I know how actual town hall meetings really work.  So here’s the plan.

I will put forth some questions and topics.  For example, these are in my mind:

  • New guests to invite
  • Old guests to bring back
  • What do you get out of the Forum?
  • Outreach and communication: how’s it going so far? (think this blog, Twitter, Storified tweets, email blasts, Slack, Facebook streams)
  • Would people like more formal presentations?
  • Should I do more or fewer FTTE research updates?
  • Any suggestions for live shows?
  • How about a podcast (audio only) publication?
  • Are there themes we should emphasize?
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Maya, both stylish and ahead of the tech curve.

I’m also curious about the bigger picture, of what it means to co-create a video-based conversational community in the 21st century.

At the same time everyone‘s invited to take the stage to offer thoughts and recommendations.  I won’t present; consider me a moderator.

We record the whole thing, as ever, and start exploring how to apply suggestions at once.

We’re also soliciting your thoughts ahead of time.  So use the comment box below, or tweet with #FTTE to front-load the meeting.

If you’d like more information about how the Forum works, check this page and/or feel completely free to ask on Thursday.

Here’s the link again: http://events.shindig.com/event/ftf-anniversary.

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