Look at is this way: a byproduct of yesterday’s discussions and actions is a television program. When you add a public broadcaster to the camp event, you harness its expertise and resources to seek out participants from government, the business community, academia, etc., and also to take the work that participants have done and forge it into a debate to probe and share the insights revealed at AgendaCamp.
To me, this seems like a natural extension of the work that goes on at all camps. There, the community comes together to gather the information, to mold it into useful forms, and to spread that information. Public television is truly a part of that community, and events like this are a great example of public television doing exactly what it is meant to do.
Tune in tonight to watch as we broadcast live from the University of Western Ontario (and please join me on the live online chat that will go with it). What you will see is something new that TVO is working hard to help develop: open source television. This program is entirely the product of the community we are in, their ideas and concerns, and the resources here to help articulate their particular perspective on the province in the world. It’s very much like a bottle of wine, whose flavour and character is determined by the soil that nurtured the grapes.
I’m happy to see TVO continue the work we began together with last year’s AgendaCamp, making their own and tweaking the model from what they learned last year. Big thanks to Mike Miner for the shout out on this post!