Hey! Quiet around here recently, eh? Guess I’m breaking the “blogging rule” of not keeping to a schedule. F*** schedules, I speak when I’ve something to say 🙂
In just about 10 days, we’ll be holding the 6th edition of PAB, originally a podcasting conference, it really found its groove when we focused on digital content creation and audience engagement. Once again this year, no one will tell you how/what to tweet, how to get fans to your facebook pages, or the oh-so-secret sauce that SEO experts love to dip your wallet into.
Really, it would have been easy to go that route a few years ago. Easy, if we didn’t mind breaking the understanding we have with our community. There’s a mutual trust between not only Mark and I, but us and the PAB community. Things like: We don’t shill product. We don’t tell you how you’ll make money. These are things we do as part of creating an event we want to attend, and luckily enough people feel the way we do to keep an event like this self sufficient.
For the second year in a row, PAB happens at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. After 6 PABs, multiple podcamps, creatorcamps and other events I’ve been involved in, I can tell you that having an event partner like the NAC is like a gift from the universe. Not only does the NAC “get” what we do, but they also “get” what they do, and leave us time to run the event. My enthusiasm for PAB returned last year, and I think the Ottawa move and the NAC involvement are the 2 biggest factors.
So what’s this year’s event going to be like. Well, the theme this year is “Your story deserves to be told. Well“. While we thought we knew what we meant when we came up with it, the speakers this year (listed below) took it in directions we never intended or predicted. I’m SO looking forward to where they’ll take us!
Here’s a quick look at the sessions, for your information, and also because I love this lineup!
You need to come to this event!
- Mark Poirier, Director of Photography for IMAX
PAB2011 JOLTS (5-minute lightning talks)
- Dave Brodbeck: You Story Deserves No Attention Whatsoever
- Robin Browne: Why you should help people with no voice tell their stories well
- Adam Gratrix: Transcoincidentalism – a manifesto of the posthuman raconteur!
- Tom Merritt: Shows his top 5 ways to engage your audience
- Sue Murphy: Just Hit Publish – No more excuses
- Bruce Murray: Let’s tell a (collective) story..
- Andrea Ross: Your Story Deserves to be Bold
- Scarborough Dude: Story Schmorie – What me worry
- Mare Swallow: What is PAB worth?
PAB2011 SPEAKING SESSIONS
- Sylvain Grand’maison: Family Jewels
- Christopher Griffin
- Joyce Hostyn: It’s all invented: narrative as an inside-out approach to designing change
- Anthony Marco: The Unattended Moment in the Communication Jam
- Sean McGaughey: Sunday Serman – Letters from Rome
- John Meadows: Applied Synesthesia; What photography has taught me about storytelling in audio
- Bruce Murray: History – the good parts version
- Mare Swallow: Your Story Deserves to be Told Crappy