Through Future Perfect, we developed a comprehensive framework for a new breed of digital conferences that are more accessible, more affordable, and minimize the digital divide that impedes communities with less access to high-speed internet from participating fully online. This new framework can be adopted by other disciplines, such as performing and visual arts organizations that present and share knowledge through conferences, and other events.
We assessed existing online collaboration tools, video conferencing and cloud-based information repositories and looked at how they could be integrated or used to deliver an excellent equivalent conference experience. We gathered information on what makes digital engagement and participation worthwhile for speakers and participants. We also explored behavioural dimensions of the use of digital tools for work during this pandemic to learn what the persistent behaviours might be beyond the present crisis.
The project is ongoing and we will update this toolkit as resources and findings from our research become available.
Our sincere thanks to our partners at BC Museums Association and the wonderful team of consultants: Inga Petri (Strategic Moves), Lynn Feasey (Points North Creative) and Jason Guille (Stream of Consciousness).