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.