Harvard's Berkman Center for the Internet & Society is hosting a 2-day event in May titled “Beyond Broadcast: Reinventing Public Media in a Participatory Culture.” From the web site:
What will public media look like in the future? How can broadcasters
utilize the explosion of new participatory media technologies?
Established broadcasters have great expertise in producing inspiring,
educational, and entertaining programming - programming that is created
by few and distributed to many. New media technologies are providing
opportunities for personal and collaborative production. Any individual
can be a producer – and find many outlets to distribute – yet few have
the brand or trust that public and community broadcasters do.
Since public broadcasting’s mandate is to serve the public interest – there is
a wonderful conceptual connection between participatory opportunities in
new media and public broadcasters. But how would it look? How would it
The folks at the Berkman Center will discuss this on May 12-13. You can register for the conference on their site, and in keeping with the participatory theme of the event, you may also contribute to the blog (any tags with 'beyondbroadcast' will be fed into the front page) or wiki.