Very timely discussion, Andrew. There is an online event dedicated exclusively to answering these questions on Feb 7th HERE. I encourage everyone to attend and participate.
Indeed, it’s unfortuate that we are all having to pay for the bad choices of a few. Of course, you know that I have been trying to bridge the gap now for a couple of years with the Virtual Platform Initiative (VPI) at CDC. GovLoop has always been supportive of my efforts, (thanks again for the pub, Andy!), so I wanted to report that we may be able to expand our services beyond CDC this year! With inter-agency agreements now a possibility with our program, the VPI can perhaps serve as a learning ground in virtual events for other agencies.
I’ve also been talking with Steve about co-hosting a Virtual Community of Practice with CDC, HHS, FDA, DOD, DOT and multiple industry SMEs and vendors, (and whoever else is interested) to nail down what’s really needed to fill the gaps through virtual events. I’m currently gathering support for it, hopefully followed by a professional designation for government virtual events producers/organizers equal to that of a PMP.
I agree that nothing can replace an in-person event, but we are currently being forced to. I’ve recently added private video chat capabilities in our system to counter-act some of what is currently being lost online; which will hopefully add to the feeling of camaraderie.
I also agree that credible learning is an issue, so we’re doing API integrations with webcasting platforms and Learning Management Systems to help fill it. Hopefully, all of this will help.
I will keep everyone informed of the progress of the CoP and will be reaching out to many of you who have exhibited an interest in the CDC VPI to help combat the loss of events in your organizations.
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