Connecting Communities conference - continuing the conversation

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When we first came up with the idea for Connecting Communities, #bbcscc12, we wanted to ensure it didn't become just another one-day conference that finished at 5pm on Thursday 24 May 2012.

For it to be a genuine success, we wanted it to be the catalyst for a wider discussion about the relationship between the mainstream media and communities on a local, global and cultural level.

We recognise this relationship is far from perfect - there are tensions around attribution, money, resources, quality and values. All of these subjects were touched upon in the panel discussions, keynote speeches, 10/10 presentations, and in the general conversation around the event.

A huge amount of material has come out of the day. Videos are being uploaded to the College's YouTube channel, and you can see interviews with speakers and contributors on Will Buchanon's mimovi platform.

It's also been fantastic to hear from a number of people about new connections that have been made, networks built, and in several cases work and articles commissioned.

But we want to make sure the dialogue continues. We want to know the key themes that emerged and how we can build on them.

What are the best ways for mainstream media to work with communities? How can the relationship become sustainable? What are the ethical and financial challenges, and what will success look like?

We'd love to hear your comments and thoughts.  

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