The Innovation3 Gathering last week was an incredible time of learning through conversations and content. A significant portion of the content was shared online with the world via blogs, twitters, and live-streamed video. These are selected links to the many blog posts:
- Tony Morgan scribed the 4 main sessions [1 Risk & Failure, 2 Shaping the Culture, 3 The Dangerous Church in 2020, 4 Missional Community], line-by-line, play-by-play, using ScribbleLive
- Rhett Smith live-blogged the first day and main session 4 on Missional Community play-by-play using CoverItLive
- Charles Lee blogged breakouts for Externally Focused Ministries and Global Ministry Initiative along with his reflections
- Kent Shaffer has beautifully outlined notes from main session talks by John Bishop, Bob Roberts, Nancy Ortberg, Ed Stetzer, Matt Chandler, John Jenkins, Dave Gibbons, Mark Driscoll on Risk , Driscoll on Multi-Sites, Craig Groeschel, Stacy Spencer, Tim Keller
- Scott McClellan (Collide Magazine) blogged notes from breakouts Chris Seay on Teaching Through Story and Branding your Church (Dawn Nicole Baldwin)
- Scott Williams blogged notes from 2 main sessions: Risk & Failure and Dangerous Church
- Zac Smith's Notes from main session speakers and breakouts including the technology, blogging, and social networking breakout
- Ed Stetzer posted his raw notes in entirety at his own blog, and got Bob Roberts to share notes from his talk too
- Day 1 thoughts from Jason Curlee, from Ariel Martinez, from Dawn Nicole Baldwin, from Mary Beth Stockdale, Noel Heikkinen
- Lots of other blog posts about Innovation3 (via Google Blog Search) and conversations still going on via Twitter hashtag #i3 -- did you know #i3 made it on the home page of search.twitter.com as a top trending topic on 1/27/09
- BONUS: Leadership Network's Dave Travis (Managing Director) writes about the rationale behind one-time conferences, and Linda Stanley (one of the lead organizers) shares her hope for the future of the church on the morning after Innovation3.
- cf. Christian Post's article, "Leadership Network Marks 25th Year with One-Time Ministry Conference"
Plus, other insightful comments about Innovation3:
Face to Face at Innovation3 Gathering (Cynthia Ware) ::
Innovation3 Gathering: Incarnational Reality (Rhett Smith) ::
I remember just a few years ago when I used to attend a conference and the only people I knew were a) people I had met at that conference the year before; b) someone whom I “ran” in the same ministry circles with; c) someone famous (aka author/pastor/speaker).
... But that has all seemed to change here in the last year or so. With the large number of people on Twitter, it’s almost as if these conferences are becoming a reunion, rather than a first time meeting. ... I have a lot of questions about the future of conferences, especially as the economy is tough, admittance fees are high, and most of the material can be found online. BUT, I will say this…the most valuable intangible of conferences is the convening together in the flesh. That can not be underestimated, and I think is the one reason people attend conferences more than any other. That’s why I’m super thankful for ... Leadership Network giving so much “downtime” on Tuesday for the meet and greet. That was amazing.
Charles Lee mentions 4 highlights for him (along with lessons learned about conferences) ::
The Integration of Technology - I was really impressed by the intentional integration of technology throughout the conference. Everything from the worship experience, twitter feeds, live blogging, and interactive polling during sessions allowed the participants to more closely experience the event together. In addition, the last minute live streaming allowed many of our friends who couldn’t make it out ... Diversity of Presenters - I appreciated the wide variety of speakers that came to I3. Although it was still predominantly white with some African Americans and one 1/2 Asian (Dave Gibbons), I appreciated that many came from diverse sub-cultures of the United States. ... Flow of the Main Sessions - Although I3 had 3-5 speakers during most of the main sessions, I thought they did an incredible job with the flow of the sessions. The 18 minutes time limit for each presenter along with the creative mix of visuals really helped to keep all of us focused. ... Memorable Conversation with Some Amazing Women - I thoroughly enjoyed the conversation I had ... about women of influence in the context of a male-driven culture. ... I think it’s one thing to acknowledge the value women in ministry, but it’s another thing to intentionally work together in ministry.
And these are just the ones that I found. As you can see, even on the blogs, several different web technologies were used to post content in real-time, also known as live-blogging. (For some people, taking notes like a court recorder does help them stay engaged with the talks; for others, it'd wear 'em out.)
// DJ Chuang is a Director at Leadership Network, launching digital initiatives, and connecting multi-site churches and Asian American pastors. He joined the Leadership Network team through a partnership with L2 Foundation.