Meet the casters – live, interactive and recorded BoF session at Lotusphere 2011

As you may well know, voting is now open for the BoF (Birds of a Feather) sessions at Lotusphere 2011.  

In many eyes, BoFs are the undiscovered gem of the Lotusphere experience – they either start early in the morning (7am) or late in the day (around 6pm) and are not your usual slides and speakers affair.  Instead, they are designed as interactive discussions, facilitated by one or more people, but with the aim of allowing all to contribute. If you haven’t made it to a BoF in previous visits to Lotusphere, I really would recommend you do so in 2011.

So as I say, voting is open.  If you have registered for Lotusphere 2011, you should have received an email asking you to offer your feedback by rating all the sessions on the agenda, and to vote on the BoF sessions you would like to take part in.  If you did receive this, I urge you to do just that –  how many conferences allow the attendees to dictate the agenda?

Now if you’re thinking on which BoFs to vote for, please would you give these two your consideration?

First up, Meet the ’casters – live, interactive and recorded, with Darren Duke.

As you should know by now, Darren and I co-present the This Week in Lotus podcast.  In this BoF we will host a round-table discussion live at Lotusphere 2011, involving as many of the podcasters and screencasters from around the community as we can muster, plus the opportunity for many of the attendees to take part too.  We will be recording the session and publishing it as the week’s podcast.

Secondly, I have submitted a BoF on my own too, ‘Keep hearing “we’re just not that kind of organization”? How to overcome opposition to Enterprise 2.0 and Social Software in your business‘.

Here’s the abstract:

Whilst the benefits of social software are becoming clearer by the day, the shift from being a ‘traditional’ organization operating in silos with a culture of limited sharing and vertical management hierarchies to one where social collaboration is accepted is a tough one to manage.

This session will give the opportunity to discuss the issues, share strategies for overcoming the objections, discuss the value that Social Software has delivered in those ‘traditional’ organizations and to generally meet with others in a similar position.

If this one floats your boat, then please do vote for it.  I am sure it will be a terrific discussion.

Stuart McIntyre is a Senior Strategist at Fostering Community Limited. He curates a number of product-focused news sites, is a lapsed podcaster, founded the Social Connections user group and regularly speaks at conferences and events. This blog represents his own slightly-eccentric and usually-controversial opinions!