Online Summit Participation – Instructions
We are very pleased that you have registered for the online component of the National Summit for the Charitable and Nonprofit Sector. This page will provide you with essential information to help you participate effectively and easily online.
As noted when you registered, the online component requires Windows 7, Vista, XP, or 2003 Server. For those using Macs, OSX 10.5 or newer is needed.
The audio and video components require plugins. To ensure you have the correct plugins installed, we would ask you to test your system at least 24 hours prior to the beginning of the Summit by visiting iconline.covision.com.
To access the Summit online, please visit iconline.covision.com and follow the prompts.
Your login information was provided in the email that was sent to you on Friday November 25. If you can’t find the email, or remember your login info, you can either e-mail or launch a Google chat with Toni Stockton at email@example.com.
Please note that while your colleagues are more than welcome to gather around your computer screen to view the Summit plenaries, only one computer can be logged in at any given time and all comments registered will be attributed to your email address.
As an on-line participant, you will have full audio and video access to:
- all of the plenary sessions, including keynote addresses by Governor General David Johnston, social commentator Allan Gregg, Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo, and astronaut Julie Payette;
- lunchtime addresses by Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi and MU founder Emmanuelle Hébert;
- the debate about the challenges and opportunities presented by increased collaboration;
- and, Marcel Lauzière’s address to set the stage, the report on the Day 1 outcomes of each priority area, and the co-hosts’ summary of Summit outcomes and next steps.
Working group sessions
You will be able to answer the same or similar questions as those asked of face-to-face participants at the Summit. In addition, you will be able to see what other online participants are saying and respond to or build on their observations if you so choose. All of the online comments will feed into the discussions, summaries, and reports that emerge from the small group sessions.
We strongly encourage you to participate in the one priority area for which you registered for the full time, but you are welcome to view any of the four break-out sessions comment threads.
Prompts will be available online to alert you to the questions being considered and how you can contribute to the priority for action you chose when registering. An online moderator will also be available in each online break-out room.
Please note that as the working group sessions are primarily small group discussions, no audio or video feed of this component of the Summit is available to online participants.
If you have any technical difficulties during the working group sessions you can either e-mail or launch a Google chat with Toni Stockton at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The twelve co-leads for the four priority areas have prepared background material presenting the issues and posing some questions for consideration by face-to-face participants prior to the Summit. You can access this material at www.nationalsummit.ca/resources and use it to inform your responses during the Summit or your efforts and engagement post-Summit.
The fall edition of The Philanthropist is now online. The Philanthropist is a journal focusing on sector issues and this issue covers the National Engagement Strategy and the four Priorities for Action. You are encouraged to read Marcel Lauzière’s context-setting piece, as well as the articles on the Priority sessions that most interest you either before or after the Summit. One of these is written by a young co-lead for the issue and the second by a retired sector leader. They will be helpful fodder for your thinking pre- and post-Summit.
Social media component
We are shaking things up a bit to try to do things differently when it comes to creating an engaging record of the Summit. Therefore, we created a Social Media Crew made up of over a dozen volunteers who are just as diverse as the charitable and nonprofit sector itself. Social Media Crew networks are too vast to list here so find out who they are and how to follow and connect with them online on the Social Media Crew webpage a few days before the Summit.
We are really looking forward to welcoming you to the National Summit online! Be sure to join us at 8:45 a.m. EST for the official opening. For those of you in Western Canadian time zones, you can view the opening plenary in archived format a little later in the day!