The other night, I was given a chance to connect with some upcoming presenters and former presenters for the Ignite Charlotte series of speaking events. In April of this year, I was a participant in this TED-like speaking event and thoroughly enjoyed presenting and connecting with other presenters as well as the audience. Things went so well in fact that I later appeared (via quote) in an article about the event. Listening to some of the prep details and the talk topics by the upcoming presenters got me thinking about talking a bit more about some of the presentations done here, and some of the value in these that you might miss if you don’t catch the articles or tweets that talk about them.
For example, one of the first wide-spread presentations done by MMM was at the 2009 Visual Story Network Conference (4th Screen to Reinvent a 1st Impression Slides | Video). There, the hope wasn’t so much to illustrate the need for mobile in ministry. But, to demonstrate through an interaction that many are familiar with (making a first impression), that mobile is a way to build and mend bridges with relationships between media/community organizations and the people they choose to be their audience.
Another presentation that stands out, and not really because it was tech-oriented, but because it was a literal Bible study on discipleship in which the tech was used to create and present the lesson (5 Cs of Discipleship – Slides). Since that specific presentation, the onus has been to not just demonstrate competencies with tech, but also understand to a very detailed degree some of the issue people have had in retaining, applying, and multiplying faith.
One of the persons at the Ignite Charlotte speaker-meetup event reminded me of the presentation done in 2011 at Hackerspace Charlotte (Minutes to Mobile Money – Slides). I heard a few comments about the presentation then, but wasn’t aware that impressions from it stuck around so much. The person that brought it up mentioned that initially they weren’t paying attention to things, but a few minutes into it I had their attention. A very humbling moment, and a reason to get back out to Hackerspace CLT and learn a few things new (they teach you how to make your own 3D printer for example).
I’ve not mentioned the mobile ministry presentations or interviews so much because they kind of speak for themselves with the audience here. If I had to point at any though, I’d probably say that the two appearances on the BBC Outriders podcast (2009′s Expressions of Reigion and Faith Online - Outriders | Audio (.MP3)| Post and ICCM and God In Your Pocket - Outriders | Audio .MP3) rank pretty high on the list. Last year’s Mobile Ministry Forum (MMF) presentation was pretty slick (Tablets in Mobile Ministry – Post | Slides | Sketchnote: PDF, JPG), if for no other reason that I was able to experiment with not using a projector to make the point about tablets/mobiles as ministry tools. And finally, I’d throw in this year’s ICCM talk (iOS vs Android vs Windows Phone vs HTML5 Smartphone Platform Comparison – Slides) as one that I enjoyed. There was so much information in that deck and said. I’m grateful that folks didn’t walk out.
That’s a slice of presentations and interviews. There are more coming too. I’ll reveal some as they come, and others you’ll probably hear me poke about from time to time. If you’d like to keep up with what’s being said, the Issues, Presentations, and Experiments page has a section devoted to interviews and presentations that’s worth bookmarking for now. With the exception of the first set of slides, each deck is easily viewable with any web browser, and all contain some extra information in the slides to point to research used to make the points in them. Its not quite mobile-friendly, but it is worth the bookmark.
If any of these presentations, interviews, or podcast conversations sound appealing enough that you’d like for me to appear on your event deck, get in touch with MMM so that we can discuss those details and make that happen. Nothing like having something new to add to the list.