Reflections on the Carnegie Rural Convention

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Comment by Kirsty Tait on December 1, 2009 at 10:27
Hi- note from Kate

Hi everyone

Here is a short note from Kate:

Dear all

Thank you for braving the elements and coming along to the Convention last week!

As promised,here is our evaluation -

Unlike just about every other evaluation form that you have ever filled out -this one REALLY matters. You can influence where resources (if any) are deployed in future. So please do take 10 minutes to complete our survey questions. These include:

Did you take new ideas from this convention? If so can you tell us more?
Which elements of the convention did you value in relation to your own work?
Which elements would you change?
If there was an opportunity to do so, should Carnegie plan further networking events?

With thanks in advance
Kate Braithwaite, Director, Carnegie Rural Programme
Comment by Kirsty Tait on November 30, 2009 at 15:27
We are putting together an evaluation survey today to try and capture all the feedback. I will alert everyone once it is completed. Thank you Teresa for posting up the first photos - it would be great if people could share any images they took. The more the merrier I say and mine have not turned out so well!
Will be in touch
Comment by Teresa Martínez on November 29, 2009 at 22:57
It was my first Carnegie Convention, and it was definitely inspirational. I welcomed the opportunity to share quality time with other Carnegie's Hosts and explore face to face our vision and how our work link together. The Leader programme and its implementation was totally new to me and kept me thinking how Leader work could link with the work of other Carnegie's hosts. It seemed to me there is a gap we need to fill, specially in relation to the community of practice and sharing experiences and vision with other non EU-funded initiatives. Is there any online Evaluation of the Convention?, I could not find it on this site
Comment by John Ferguson on November 29, 2009 at 16:43
Look forward to the videos on the discussion. So sorry I missed this as just back from China (see newly posted (new discussion topic) outline of my trip on eco-innovation parks etc.
Comment by Nick Wilding on November 25, 2009 at 12:34
HI Helen...

The whole event was videod by Scott and we intend to produce an overview video of talks as soon as possible which will be shared via fieryspirits... I will also make sure the presentations are available to download too soon. Thanks for the feedback - it helps to know we're on track. This is some more feedback from people who handed in thoughts at the end of the convention:

2009 Rural Convention - Feedback


“I usually go to a seminar expecting one or two ideas - 
I have filled two pages with brilliant ideas!!!
You have managed to attract the best people one could hope to have - 
open and honesty about what they do... 
well done on taking up the invite to bring main issues to Brussels
- this could be the breakthrough”

“Great conference... brilliant networking opportunities”

My own sense is that the convention is showing how Carnegie is increasingly able to effectively exercise ‘convening power’ in close collaboration with key partners.... tied together with the glue of a Community of Practice. My hope is that the so far dormant power of Leader networks has been helped to spring into life as a result of our two days together ....there is SO much potential for radical rural development!

Feedback on all this most welcome from attendees especially....

Comment by Helen Lawrenson on November 24, 2009 at 22:31
Gatherings like the convention are places to be refreshed and inspired.
Are the presentations going to be put up on Fiery Spirits? I would really like to share them with others - especially Paul Allen's talk - I've heard him speak several times now and each time it's the wake up call that needs listened to and acted upon.
Comment by Nick Wilding on November 24, 2009 at 20:58
What an amazing system - inspiring - thanks for your comments and for telling me about ipadio I can see it's an exciting new way making it easier to blog....

As an experiment I'll see if the embed code works as a comments so people can listen to it direct...


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