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Monthly Archives: May 2011




#VT Media and Civic Engagement

I’m looking forward to participating on a couple of panels this month.  Please join the discussions!

VBSR 2011 Spring Conference
May 12, 2011
Burlington, VT, UVM Davis Center

Changing Media Landscape Brings Challenges and Opportunities for Vermont Businesses

There’s no question that news media are at an interesting crossroads. Many people are sitting in a news netherworld, not wanting to spend an hour reading the local paper but left wanting more by the 24-hour national news cycle. Across the country, new and interesting models are cropping up to fill the need for relevant and easily accessible information, and Vermont is no exception. Panelists will talk about how their organizations are combining modern media with Vermont’s old-fashioned values to fill the information gap, keeping Vermonters informed and connected, and helping them get involved in their local communities.

Citizen Leadership in a Connected Age
May 21, 2011
Vermont Technical College, Randolph, VT

Online Tools for Real World Communities

Many of us have high hopes for what online tools can do to strengthen our community, but we also have worries about the pitfalls of virtual life. Will online gaming replace a game of softball with friends? Will anonymous complaints replace constructive conversations? Learn about strategies you can use to foster virtual connections that spill over into the real world. Session will combine short panel presentations of what has worked in some Vermont towns with discussion and ideas—sharing by the audience.