Rotary in Great Britain & Ireland will be breaking new ground next month with a new and innovative series of live streamed weekly events.
The togetherTalks will be launched on Tuesday, May 5th at 19.05, featuring a live interview from Canada with leading Rotarian, Jennifer Jones. The former Rotary International Vice-President is President and CEO of Media Street Production Inc.
Based in Ontario, she will be interviewed in front of a global digital audience by Dave King, editor of Rotary magazine, and Nicki Scott, Rotary Director nominee for 2021-23 in a fast-moving 45-minute production with questions from the audience.
Jennifer, whose theme will be ‘The power of connection through storytelling’, said: “A good story can open people’s hearts and minds, and touch their soul.”
The togetherTalks have been established as a weekly platform featuring some of the most inspiring and dynamic speakers from around the world.
Award-winning Australian speaker and trend forecaster, Michael McQueen, is part of May’s line-up of speakers, who also include Karl Wilding, Chief Executive of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations and Holger Knaack, who will become Germany’s first President of Rotary International when he takes office in July.
A glittering gallery of thought leaders have been lined up to take the Tuesday evening slot in the months following from the worlds of business and humanitarian interest. Some Rotary, and some not.
How to tune in
Each togetherTalk is being hosted on Zoom and then live streamed on the Rotary in Great Britain and Ireland’s YouTube channel.
You can register for the event via our official Eventbrite page. Doing this will give you email reminders and immediate access to the stream, so you don’t miss a moment! There are two types of free ticket available:
1. Zoom Room Access – Get front row access to the togetherTalk and be part of a limited audience who join in the conversation live within Zoom, including the opportunity to put a question to our speaker.
2. YouTube live stream access – Sit back, relax and watch the togetherTalk live from your preferred device.
Nicki Scott is the brains behind the project, which has been pulled together in a matter of weeks.
She said: “The togetherTalks are new Rotary. We are living in interesting times, when the landscape tomorrow will be shaped very differently from what existed previously.
These togetherTalks aim to enhance Rotary’s relevance, raise awareness of key contemporary issues, and reach out to a wider audience.”
“For the hundreds of thousands of people who have volunteered during the COVID-19 pandemic, the challenge for Rotary is to engage them now.
“After all, what they are doing today, Rotary has been doing for 120 years, and will be doing again tomorrow.
“These togetherTalks aim to enhance Rotary’s relevance, raise awareness of key contemporary issues, and reach out to a wider audience, beyond Rotary, with the aim of expanding our reach.”
Nicki described the live events as an opportunity to spotlight Rotary, engage leaders to exchange ideas, and take action by connecting communities together.
The togetherTalks provides a platform for Rotary to return to the essence of its roots – as the ethical, original social network.”
“Now is the time for accelerated change which will define Rotary and enhance its relevance for a new generation,” she added. “We need to be riding that wave of momentum now.
“The togetherTalks provides a platform for Rotary to return to the essence of its roots – as the ethical, original social network.”
The togetherTalks will be live streamed on Rotary in Great Britain and Ireland’s YouTube channel, with the audience able to submit questions during the event.
There are also plans for a togetherConversations, a podcast which will pick up on some of the themes of the talk, and which will be made available in the togetherTalks page on our website..