Having worked with staff of the Council on Foundations staff to get access to cover their annual conference (April 29-May 1) and been granted media access (as a blogger) to both the Global Philanthropy Forum and the Investors Circle Spring Conference (May 23-24) I have a few thoughts to add to the discussion Sean started over at TacticalPhilanthropy.
Some observations (which seem relevant given the latest buzz about a blogger's code of conduct):
- Conversations had while blogging are different from conversations had while schmoozing in hallways. I think its important to notify the person I am speaking with that their every thought may soon find its way to the Internet.
- Introducing myself as "press" seems to be met with a mix of skepticism and a desire to talk. Introducing myself as the President of Blueprint Research & Design is met with the question, "what's that, how do we work together?"
- A lot of people at this conference "don't know from blogs," "don't read blogs," "what's a blog?" So much for the Mercury News' observation that everyone at this conference is sooooo Silicon Valley.
- Assuming wireless, bloggers who can type fast can create an inside/outside conversation - I can post speakers comments, readers write in, and I can ask their questions. See the comments that were posted on earlier posts from yesterday.
- None of this is new in context of the old media/new media yabber that has been going on for last six+ years. It is new for philanthropy - it is a step toward transparency that few funders are used to.
- This transparency is good, foundation executives can jump in and be part of it - there is no need to be afraid, this is not about putting back on the Imus on the air. Its about a conversation.