WOC: Wisdom of the Community
The 2016 SFA Annual Conference WOC Talks are now permanently archived! View each below:
Joe Borgerding, “Full Circle Farming in Just Forty Years”
Scott Haase, “Maximizing Our Impact on the Landscape”
Eric DeBlieck, “Successful Oat Production in the Upper Midwest”
Similar to the popular TED Talks, SFA has a new program that we call WOC Talks (Wisdom of the Community).
SFA members and supporters will submit talks on subjects relating to sustainable farming and food systems, and the organization will select some for presentation at the SFA Annual Conference.
Here’s the procedure for submitting and presenting a WOC Talk:
- Deadline: Send an email with your topic and intent to participate to Jerry Ford before Dec. 20, 2016.
- By January 20, 2017, send a written transcript of your talk (Word document, PowerPoint, in the body of an email, or in a letter) to Jerry Ford, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 7616 25th SW, Howard Lake, MN 55349
- Your talk can be in one of four categories: Farm or Production Hack, Financial or Marketing Tips, Networking, or Big Picture (see details below).
- The talk should be no longer than 12 minutes when performed as a live presentation.
- A panel of SFA staff and/or board directors will select four talks, based on the transcripts received, to be presented at the Annual Conference.
- The selected talks will be presented live at a session during the conference. Each will have time after it for questions.
- The presentations will be filmed and placed on SFA’s website and YouTube channel shortly after the conference.
- Presenters selected for the SFA Annual Conference will receive a free conference registration.
Your talks can be existing presentations adapted to the “WOC Talk” format, or you may create a new presentation. We cannot broadcast any material that you might include in your talk that has a third-party copyright unless you obtain written permission to use the material.
There are 4 categories of presentations:
- Farm or Production “Hack” – Do you have an innovative or unique production model, tool or technique you’d like to share? A special tool for weeding? An adaptation on your tractor that improves safety or efficiency? Have you discovered a better way to load hogs without stress on you or the animals? An innovation in keeping water from freezing in winter? These and other “hacks” would be of great benefit to folks at the Annual Conference.
- Financial or Marketing Tips – Are you a good marketer? Social media expert, photographer or storyteller? Have you found some innovative financing tool or source?
- Networking – How are you building your local/regional network? Do you have a creative way of building community around your farm? How do you use your network? How can we improve the quality of our farm communities? How is SFA helping or not?
- Big Picture – Are you a big-picture person? Do you have ideas about how sustainability in agriculture can be improved? Are you connected in the food, political, advertising, entertainment, or sports worlds?
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- Transcripts of speeches to be considered for selection will be sent to Jerry Ford via email or by mail to 7616 25th St. SW, Howard Lake, MN 55349.
- The deadline for submitting transcripts is Dec. 20, 2016.
- Selected presentations must be under 12 minutes in duration. This time limit will be strictly enforced at the Annual Conference.
- Any copyrighted material used in a presentation must be properly recognized and credited. SFA will not broadcast any presentation with third party copyrights unless proper permission has been obtained.
- Power Point presentations may be used; however, the purpose of the projections should be to illustrate and illuminate the speech’s content. Do not include full sentences or paragraphs from the speech in the projections.
- SFA retains ownership of the video and recordings of all presented speeches. The speechwriter gives SFA permission to print and publish their speech in whole or part.
You do not have to use a power point presentation, though it is a great way to organize your thoughts (see Rules #5). Be Creative! There are other tools, such as Prezi or Haiku Deck. If you decide to use one of these presentation programs, be sure to note that in your entry so that we can be sure to accommodate it onsite.
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