More than 300 Cooperative Extension directors, specialists, educators, agents, faculty and staff participated in the 2009 National eXtension Conference October 20-23, 2009 in St. Louis, MO. Keynote speeches by futurist and leadership guru Bob Johansen, social capital maven Tara Hunt, and strategic management leader Russ Roberts provided the anchor for an additional 60 breakout sessions, awards ceremonies, exhibits, and opportunities for networking.
“I have to say that I have been to a lot of conferences in my lifetime, but this one was the most intriguing, stimulating, and valuable I have ever attended. I told a few people that early on I was describing eXtension as something like ‘bringing Cooperative Extension up to speed’, but this is far beyond that…extremely well thought-out, disciplined while being flexible, creative, purposeful. I believe the work being done here is the most significant work since the creation of the Land Grant System itself, and absolutely critical to it’s future. Not only does it open doors we never dreamed of for education on cooperatives, but it can enable us do a lot of other things much better I want to see how we as a farmer-owned company can utilize this resource,” said William J. Nelson, President, CHS Foundation.
In addition to the 300 in attendance, more than 100 colleagues nationwide participated via web casting in all keynote addresses, and more than 50 in each of more than a dozen web cast breakout sessions.
Recordings of keynote sessions available:
Get There Early: Sensing the Future to Compete in the Present
Bob Johansen, Institute for the Future
Embracing the Chaos (& other scary tales from the social web)
Tara Hunt, Author, The Whuffie Factor, Co-founder and Chief Marketing Officer, Citizen Agency
Full text of Russ Roberts speech (no recording available)
Recordings of breakout sessions available are:
PowerPoint presentations for the conference can be found at: http://drop.io/next2009
Conference photos can be found at: http://drop.io/next2009photos. More photos will be added to the site as they become available.