As part of this year’s Publishers for Development conference, we would like to hear about good practices from publishers engaging directly with developing countries. We therefore invite interested speakers for our publisher flash sessions to submit a proposed outline of 200 words for a five-minute flash talk.
These flash talks provide an opportunity to share experiences of how publishers have approached setting up direct relationships with developing countries, what considerations they have made, and what practices they have developed in order to support genuinely sustainable and affordable access. While there will be developing-country speakers, the majority of the audience will be publishers, so these flash sessions should focus on sharing best practices related to developing mutually beneficial relationships rather than presentations on new products or marketing initiatives.
These sessions will develop the conversation on ‘Reconciling Business Interests and Development Needs’ and help in development of a set of guidelines for responsible engagement that publishers can subscribe to. Proposals will be welcomed on a variety of topics, from experiences, ideas, collaborations, analysis, lessons learned or inspirations relating to responsible engagement in developing countries. For more on the subject, see this recent blog post from INASP’s Jon Harle, a summarizing the key issues and follow the discussion on Twitter using the hashtag #InaspPrinciples to let us know what you think.
To submit a proposed outline for a five-minute flash talk, please email Mai Skovgaard at firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline for proposals is Friday 29th May, those successful will be notified by Friday 5th June.
Registration is now open and a registration form can be found here.
Register before 18th June for early bird rates of £95. ‘Late rates’ of £150 may be available until the 29th June, but spaces will be limited.