Society Street brings together leaders and future leaders of professional and academic societies to look holistically at their organizations, and to foster discussion, learning, and the sharing of insights and experiences of transforming learned societies into modern and relevant organizations. COVID-19 put a temporary stop to in-person conferences – and instead, Society Street implemented a program of webinars. Thanks to our sponsors, we are able to offer these 1-hour webinars at no cost to attendees.
Conferences and Meetings: An Update
A few weeks on from Society Street Virtual, we are bringing some of the “Conferences and Meetings” panel back together again, to reflect on what they have seen and learned in the intervening weeks. The session we held in March was extremely lively with many questions. As things are continuing to change rapidly, we asked them to join us again to reflect on what has changed in the last month or so, and what they have learnt.
2020 Webinar: Who is Your Community
One of the important sessions from our planned in-person event, we look at WHO it is that societies serve (and is your society doing what it should be doing to serve those communities)? What is it that younger potential members want? (Is membership an anachronistic notion, or does it foster a sense of tribe and belonging?) We start of this session with each of our early careerist speakers talking briefly on what they would like to see from Learned Societies, and we will then enter into a wider conversation about what societies could be doing, with contributions from the audience.
Webinar: Thinking Holistically about Content
Julie and Paul will be presenting a case study of their experiences at AMA where they and their teams have broken the third wall of society publishing: bringing together journals and education into one end user experience. Through a collaborative effort, Julie and Paul bridged the gaps between brands, business models, editorial practice, technology platforms, and missions to innovatively reimagine education at the AMA and to recreate the experience with the physician and patient outcomes as the core goal. They will be answering questions from the audience, highlighting society publishing can differently about brand, mission, technology and content and begin to build customer-facing experiences by working across teams.
2020 Webinar: Change! - Six months on.
Cindy and Mary’s talks in the Change session from Society Street virtual was one many of our attendees found inspiring: it came at a time when many were floundering. Their session gave both reassurance and hope. We wanted to revisit some of the themes we covered in March, and ask Cindy and Mary to review where we are six months on How has COVID-19 developed our thinking? How are we adapting to the changes, and what skills do we need to develop and value to bring our organizations safely through the turbulent times ahead? What has been surprising about the last six months, and what opportunities do we see for the future?
2020 Webinar: Society Street in Conversation: Leading Through Turbulent Times
As the chief exec of a large charity with a social justice agenda which focusses on the rights of women and girls globally, Girish Menon brings a broad view to the challenges of leading through turbulent times, relevant to all of us. Katy Amberley is the chief exec of the British Society for Haematology and was keen to invite Girish to speak to us at Society Street to explore what increased global uncertainty means for those of us leading our mission-driven organizations: both for the organizations, but also for us as individuals.