You can view the live-streamed conference from our blog or our Facebook page. We encourage individuals, groups, and organizations to host viewing parties. Hosting a viewing party is your opportunity to rally your community and start conversations on sustainability and local food systems.
Who: University of Vermont Continuing Education will webcast its public conference “The Necessary (r)Evolution for Sustainable Food Systems Amplified” live from Burlington, VT, to provide access to viewers worldwide. We invite you to join us!
What: We will bring together influential and innovative voices from the sustainable food movement for this day of inspiration and call to action. Speakers will take the stage, give 10-15 minute talks and then join the audience. The next speaker will immediately follow. There is not space for questions or comments or break-out sessions (however, you can make comments via social media). There will be live music and two breaks during the talks.
You can sit back and listen to our internationally renowned speakers, and participate in conversation using the #UVMFoodSummit hashtag. (Post your comments and questions – and we will answer them on our blog after the conference).
When: June 27, 2013 from 1:00pm-5:00pm EST.
Why: Our food system is broken. We need change. Let’s start the conversation with experts who have succeeded in making change. If we are the change we want to see in the world, let’s get together, share knowledge, inspire each other, then take action.
How: We encourage individuals, groups, and organizations to host viewing parties. Hosting a viewing party is your opportunity to rally your community and start conversations on sustainability and local food systems. On the day of the conference, go to our blog or Facebook page to access the live-streaming video.”
We’ll break twice during the conference. Breaks are a great opportunity for viewing party hosts to plan activities for their guests. You can lead discussions on the talks you just heard, host a potluck of dishes made from local ingredients, or even have speakers from your own community.
Viewing Party Guidelines
We have few guidelines for viewing parties:
- Parties must be free of charge. Neither the host, nor any affiliated sponsors can make money off the event or make cash transactions of any kind.
- Any web pages or online promotion for your viewing party must include links to learn.uvm.edu/foodsystems and make clear this site is the official conference page.
- If you wish to promote your event via Twitter, you may use the #UVMFoodSummit hashtag or link to @UVMFoodFeed.
- If you wish to promote your event via Facebook, you may tag UVM Food Feed in your posts.
- Ben & Jerry’s and Sodexo are the lead sponsors for UVM’s public conference. If you are crediting sponsors, please credit them both.
If you have any questions about hosting a viewing party, please contact Alison Nihart at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Suggested Tech Specs
- Strong Internet connection—at least 2 MB/second downloading speed.
- An up-to-date web browser—we recommend Firefox.
- A computer.
- A projector—4500 lumens or higher, depending on the size of your audience—with an interface, or cable, that connects to a computer output.
- A projection screen.
This is a live webcast and may not be recorded or re-broadcast. Information about re-viewing the webcast will be posted on http://learn.uvm.edu/sustainability/food-summit/food-systems-conference/ after the conference.
What time does the conference start?
The conference will begin at 1pm and run until 5:00pm EST. View the schedule
Who is speaking at the conference and when?
You can view a list of speakers here.
What are good places to host a live viewing party?
School or university auditoriums, community spaces and local libraries are great choices as they often have the audio/visual equipment necessary for showing the webcast to a viewing party. If you’re having a smaller viewing party, your home could be a great location. Restaurants are also invited to host parties.
Do I have to show the whole conference?
The conference is best viewed as whole; however, we invite you to tune in at your convenience. Because the conference is webcast live, we realize showing the entire conference can be inconvenient for hosts on the West Coast. If you’re dealing with a significant time difference, don’t worry—you can show as much of the conference as is convenient to you.
Is there a fee associated with hosting an official viewing party?
The webcast is free of charge.
What should I do during breaks in the webcast?
Breaks are good opportunities to feed guests and discuss the talks you just heard. You could host a potluck and encourage your guests to bring dishes made from local ingredients, or ask a local café or restaurant to donate buffet-friendly dishes. In the wake of inspiring talks, discussions of your local food system will flow easily, especially over good food!
Who should host a viewing party?
If you’re affiliated with an organization, club, publication, or company that promotes sustainable food systems, you’d make a great viewing party host. Your pre-existing network of supporters serves as a great guest list and means of promoting your event. Anyone with a passion for sustainable food systems would make a great viewing party host.