250 will gather in Edinburgh to discuss mission – but will the real discussion take place elsewhere?
After only a week of blogging I suddenly find myself championing social networking as a way of increasing participation in an international mission conference of only 250 invited delegates. I innocently suggested that having people in each session blogging and posting to facebook might allow several hundred more people to follow some of the discussion and respond immediately.
Interesting responses included: ‘it excludes Africans without internet access’;’ it limits ‘real’ interaction’; ‘it doesn’t allow serious and considered interaction’.
I argued that anything above the 250 already invited delegates would be a democratisation of the event. I think I’m right, but then I would – I’m a new convert. What’s your experience of running these kind of events and using the online fora, arenas, social networks, etc. to broaden participation. I’d be glad to hear.