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New Zealand Explores Space and Place in Communication

March 23, 2012


International thought-leaders, community experts, academics and practitioners will explore ‘Our Place, Our Space’ at the PRINZ conference in Auckland this May, tackling the concepts of real-world and virtual communities and where they intersect.


Simone Bell, PRiNZ chief executive explained: “Communities are places where we come together. But today, place becomes space and physically located communities are inter-layered with online communities of interest."


How do place and space co-exist and interact? And, how do we communicate effectively when our audiences are online as often as they are on-the-ground?
“As our audiences and stakeholders move between place and space, so must we as communicators, with increasing pace and agility. Understanding how communities are changing and the forces that drive them will inform successful communications practice for the next decade”.


The conference aims to stimulate thinking, provide practical and inspiring ideas and facilitate delegate engagement and networking, all from the impressive Viaduct Events Centre on Auckland’s waterfront.


Speaker highlights include:


  • Prof. Jim Macnamara of UTS, Sydney highlighting the ‘social organization’ and how it engages online
  • Prof. Pradip Thomas of the University of Queensland showcasing the Communication for Social Change (CSC) toolbox
  • Prof. David McKie of Waikato Management School taking a future look at the place of communicators
  • Catherine Arrow, Secretary, Global Alliance on Future PR in the global space
  • An academic and practice panel looking at ethical issues in social media
  • Strategic leaders Lydia Aydon of Christchurch City Council and Sprio Anastasiou of Senate Communication Counsel talking about communications response to crises
  • The NZ Government on its social media framework
  • Diversity in communications – ethnic media and Maori PR
  • And more here….



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