Engaging in a Now Media Continuum

By Chris Dufour

image This post is based on Chris Dufour's presentation at the MountainRunner Institute's Now Media 6 July 2010 seminar. This seminar will be held again in 2010, so stay tuned.

This past Tuesday, July 6th, 2010, I got the opportunity to speak as part of the MountainRunner Institute's "Now Media" seminar at the National Press Club. For the less sharp-eyed out there, I've been proud to call Matt Armstrong (MRi President and a highly AWESOME blogger) a friend for some time... even before he provided the first forum for Must. Be. AWESOME!!! in its proto-stage. A few months ago, Matt asked me to help him transform his blog, MountainRunner, into a full-fledged nonprofit institute devoted to the study of and conversations about public diplomacy and strategic communication.

One of MRi's key offerings is a seminar Matt honchos about "Now Media," his concept of understanding the existing and emerging media environment as it relates to influence and engagement. These seminars give us an opportunity to wrap up everything we learn into something useful for communication practitioners. At this particular event, we had attendees from the U.S. Marine Corps public affairs team, the State Department, and even a contingent of Indonesian bloggers visiting the States on a State Department exchange.

Matt asked me to put together something to capstone the day, integrating everything from his lectures to the examples and information of our guest lecturers. I thought I would present that briefing, "Engaging in a Now Media Continuum," here for everyone to check out. Accompanying the slideshow is the first of five videos of my actual presentation. I'll deploy a new chapter of this video series every day for the next five days, so tune in or subscribe to the blog via RSS to get the whole story!

This was my first time presenting on behalf of MountainRunner, so I'd be really interested in everyone's feedback: What do you think about engaging in a "now media" continuum?

(Note: Special thanks to Rob Watwood for his time and energy discussing the various ideas, thoughts, and challenges that I eventually cobbled together into this preso.)

Caution: the following video may contain language that is not appropriate for all audiences (profanity).