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Everybody lives online now. Knowing how to collect and exchange information is now as important a skill as knowing how to drive, but it's not enough: in order to make the web really work for you, you have to know how to project yourself online, and how to manage the boundary between what's private and what's public.
Cities and towns need to know this too. From the mayor's office and local schools to the slow-pitch league and the local music scene, communities need to have these same skills if they are to survive and thrive in the 21st Century.
This seminar will explore what those skills are and how we can use them to make our communities stronger. We will use one particular case --- sharing and synchronizing event calendars in Ann Arbor --- to illustrate ideas, but the basic principles we will discuss can be applied to almost every aspect of community life.
While we'll be talking about the web, this seminar is not for IT specialists, any more than knowing how to drive is something that only auto mechanics need to know.
A one-hour presentation by Jon Udell of Microsoft will be followed by another hour of Q&A and discussion.
This event is free of charge, and particularly of interest to those working for educational, civic and other not-for-profit organizations. It will be helpful to those who want better ways to get the word out about their own organization's events and news, as well as those who are searching for such information and not always finding it easy to locate.
We'll address these questions, among others:
- How can we, as a community, most effectively inform one another about goings-on in the region?
- How can our collective information management skills improve quality of life in the region?
- How can they also help us attract tourism and talent from outside the region?
- How do these same skills apply in other domains of public life such as political discourse and education?
All are welcome, but we encourage attendees to register so that we can provide appropriate seating and resources.