Last week I was a part of the University of Vermont’s Breakthrough Leaders Program. As part of our VERY intensive week of food systems leadership training, the Breakthrough Leaders attended the UVM Public Conference: “Leading the Necessary [r]Evolution for Sustainable Food Systems: AMPLIFIED” held on Thursday, June 28, 2012 from 1-6 p.m.
During the public conference I took as many notes as I could manage, while simultaneously live-tweeting (until my phone battery died) and shooting pics. And listening. And absorbing information.
When I arrived home Saturday, I started using Storify to curate the public tweets that included #UVMSummit. Here’s the result of that effort (notes explaining how the curation process can be found at the end). The intent is to provide a comprehensive account of the public conference. I intend to write separate blog posts elaborating on many of the speakers, who also led more detailed sessions during other parts of the Breakthrough Leaders Program.
- I’m sure I missed some tweets about the event because a few of the tweets I know I sent didn’t show up in the Storify search and, instead, showed up as RTs by others. But Twitter’s API can sometimes be funky when it comes to search-and-retrieval.
- The Flickr/Storify API didn’t result in photos being retrieved in chronological order, so that meant it took longer to insert the photos into the right spot in Storify account.
- Also, not sure why but the Flickr photos show up as being shot on Wednesday at a set time. My camera is capturing the correct date/time data, so I have no idea what’s up with the incorrect date/time info transmitted by Flickr to Storify when I embedded the photos.
- Had I thought about doing a Storify account of the event before the final hour or so, I would probably have taken more notes.
- I used my editorial discretion to minimize discretion (eliminated many RTs and tried to include tweets from a range of voice, although most tweets were sent by a core group of individuals).
- Once I had the tweets compiled, I organized them into a cohesive chronological order, as best I could, to achieve narrative continuity. Then I inserted a selection of my photos (all of which are available here on Flickr).
- I included the bios of each speaker as written in the Conference program.
- To the extent I found anything in my notes that wasn’t reflected in the Twitter stream, or expanded upon something tweeted, I added some explanatory text from my notes.