In Summer 2020, the BCMA and Heritage BC embarked on the joint research project “Future Perfect: Developing Effective Models for Digital, Physical, and Blended Conferences” funded by Canada Council for the Arts Digital Strategy Fund.
Through Future Perfect, we hope to create a comprehensive framework for a new breed of digital conferences which are more accessible, more affordable, and minimize the digital divide that impedes communities with less access to high-speed internet from participating fully online. This new framework can be adopted by other disciplines, such as performing and visual arts organizations that present and share knowledge through conferences, and other events.
We are assessing existing online collaboration tools, video conferencing and cloud-based information repositories and how they could be integrated or used to deliver an excellent equivalent conference experience. This project is also gathering information and input on what makes digital engagement and participating worthwhile for speakers and participants. And we are exploring behavioural dimensions of the use of digital tools for work during this pandemic to learn what the persistent behaviours might be beyond the present crisis.
The project is ongoing and we will update this toolkit as resources and findings from our research become available.
Tools available for download: