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Shift Happened. Shift is Happening Again. ALT Shift (Arts, Learning, and Technology) 2010.


Picture courtesy of Tom Rhodes Photography



If I could go to just one event in the UK this year, it'd be ALT Shift at the York Theatre Royal this coming July.


Well not just because I'm one of the speakers and there'll be lots of outstanding content to help us on our digital way, but because the "Shift Happens" community contains some of the loveliest, most interesting and helpful people you'll find anywhere!

Really, it's true.

Some conferences have that stuffy, up-their-own-backsides kinda feel...you know what I mean.  Not Shift.

The friendliness, enthusiasm for ideas, and desire to learn from each other creates a very appealing atmosphere.

So, book yourself a place at Shift 2010 and if you spot me first, you can buy me a pint. If I spot you first, you can buy me a pint.

Anyway, enough about you, here's more about me.

Actually it's a video of me chatting with Hannah Rudman (@hannahrudman) and then Marcus Romer (@marcusromer) at Shift Happens 2.0 (@shift_happens) last summer.

Hannah Rudman And Marcus Romer from Reallygood Pictures on Vimeo.

So, the ALT Shift programme launches live on Friday 22nd January at c4c York St John University in York. If you'd like to go it's free and runs from 6pm - 8pm. Please let Katherine Jewkes know by dropping her an email - katherine@pilot-theatre.com - katherine (at) pilot-theatre.com I think there's still time.

It'll be great if you can join us for a drink, some grub, and great networking opportunities.

The Shift team will let us know more about the event in July - the fantastic speakers include Sir Ken Robinson. Jonathan Harris (www.wefeelfine.org) , Alice Greenwald, Tom Loosemore, and many others (including me! me! me! - I hear Sir Ken is really excited to be on the same bill!) that they'll reveal on the 22nd. This year the ALT Shift theme will be Arts/Learning/Technology.

Shift Happens is co-ordinated, programmed and run by Pilot Theatre in partnership with York Theatre Royal.

For more details about Friday evening's launch, or the July conference, please check out www.Shift-Happens.co.uk

They'll also be streamed live online on www.pilot-theatre.tv


If you're interested in these ideas about digital connectedness and how it affects us, you'll also like: Shift Happened. Shift's Happening. Shift Will Happen. But it's all about conversation.

As always, thanks very much for reading this post. I'd love to see you on Friday in York, or even better, for the full ALT Shift in the summer. Much love, Ian.

Your comments:

Colm O'Rourke says:
22/01/2010 22:16:09

Nice to meet you this evening, Ian, and thank you again for taking the time out to chat to me and my colleagues from KhaoZ Media. I've blogged about the Shift Happens launch here - http://colmorourke.snappages.com/blog/2010/01/22/shift-happens-in-york-this-summer - and a video report should follow soon... cheers and love, Colm


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