The Information Needs of Communities in a Democracy

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the Council on Foundations
February 16 - 17, 2009
Miami, FL

"What to Do and How to Do It"

Sunday, Feb. 15

4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Early bird registration

Monday, Feb. 16

10:00 a.m. - Noon Registration

Noon - 1:30 p.m. Lunch and welcoming remarks

Alberto Ibargüen, President and CEO, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

Steve Gunderson, President and CEO, Council on Foundations

Featured Speaker: Gwen Ifill, Moderator, Washington Week; Senior Correspondent, The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer; and author. (confirmed)

1:30 - 1:45 p.m. Break

1:45 - 3:00 p.m. Plenary session

Media Trends Update

Gary Kebbel, Journalism Program Officer, Knight Foundation

Speakers: Amy Webb, Webbmedia Group

Bryan Alexander, NITLE

3:00 - 3:15 p.m. Break

3:15 - 5:00 p.m. Plenary session

Pushing the Bounds-Expanding the Reach

Moderator: Paul Grogan, The Boston Foundation

Speakers: John Davies, Baton Rouge Area Foundation

Michael Marsicano, Foundation For the Carolinas

Teri Hansen, Gulf Coast Community Foundation-Venice

5:00 - 6:30 p.m. Break

6:30 - 9:00 p.m. Reception and dinner

Gamers Panel (to be announced)

Tuesday, Feb. 17

7:30 - 8:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast Buffet

8:30 - 10:00 a.m. Plenary Session

What we do and How we do it; Examples of meeting Information Needs

Moderator: Paula Lynn Ellis, Vice President, Strategic Initiatives, Knight Foundation

Josie Heath, The Community Foundation - Boulder

Andrea Bazan, Triangle Community Foundation

Emmett Carson, Silicon Valley Community Foundation

10:00 - 10:15 a.m. Break

10:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Breakout sessions: participants self-select

1. How to access and respond to the digital divide; unequal access to on-line resources - Facilitator: Chris Csikszentmihalyi, M.I.T.

2. How to build a coalition for information needs; including how to target potential donors - Facilitator: Diana Sieger, Grand Rapids Community Foundation

3. How to find the right information project to fund - Facilitator: Michael Marsicano, Foundation For the Carolinas

4. How to measure impact and go beyond the first attempt - Facilitator: Mayur Patel, Knight Foundation

5. How to best use web 2.0 resources and engage younger people Facilitator: Susan Mernit, Consultant/Entrepreneur

6. How smaller community foundations find creative ways to be a part of the changing media landscape - Facilitator: John Kania, FSG

7. How community foundations can embrace technology in a way that enhances both the community and the foundation - Facilitator: Jan Schaffer, J-Lab

12:00 - 12:15 p.m. Break

12:15 - 1:45 p.m. Lunch

The Gallup Initiative

Warren Wright, Managing Partner

Introduction: Steve Gunderson

1:45 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Closing remarks

Alberto Ibargüen and Steve Gunderson