This is not theological, but rather news-about-my-job related: I just pressed the launch button (if only there were a real launch button) on the first piece of my first large project: Virtual Attendance for InterVarsity’s Multiethnic Staff Conference.
When I came onboard, the idea was to offer recorded versions of the main sessions of the conference for staff to view after the fact. Thinking back to my (oh-so-long-ago) time as campus staff, I pushed for livestreaming (which they had considered) for the sake of getting non-attending staff involved right then, rather than “when I get to it.”
Well, it morphed into the entire concept of “virtual attendance”, replete with a registration form, special videos, a Twitter hash tag (#MESC12), and an entirely separate schedule and packet of handouts. We’re recruiting viewing party hosts and virtual attendees and just trying to get this whole virtual attendance concept up and running.
So, today we launched the actual informational site. It’s currently only viewable by InterVarsity staff, but I’ll link it up here if the decision is made to make it public.
Whew. That’s a big project, unloaded. Next step: Recruit viewing party hosts, recruit virtual attendance participants, cast the vision for all staff in InterVartity to participate, develop the virtual attendance schedule, and make plans for how social media and the web site will be structured and will interact during the conference itself.
After March 9 (the day the conference is over), I’ll start an entirely new set of responsibilities, and I’m equally excited about them. There will be plenty of web and social media, but there’s also the opportunities to network with thinkers and doers, edit memoirs and treatises (not really treatises, but I just like the word), and write/videotape/create. This is the good, meaty stuff.
For now, though, I’m going to rest–just for a few days–on the joy of having launched this portion of the site, and then it’s back to the grind.
One quick note: This project was not only “my project,” but was a collaborative effort of the entire Communications team. It wouldn’t have happened without the work that was done prior to my arrival, the group brainstorming sessions, or the videos and other materials produced by other members of the team.