As you know, Cape Town 2010 is taking place this week in South Africa. And if you are not linked in, let me encourage you to check out my post HERE to assist you. While the Cape Town 2010 video and podcast feeds are not working at this time, you can follow along on Twitter at #capetown2010 or #lcwe.
4500 leaders from 200 countries have gathered for this historic event on world evangelization, known as Lausanne III. For the past several months, a Cape Town 2010 Blogger Network has been together under the leadership of Jon Hirst (FYI: Andrew Jones, writing from Cape Town, posted a link to the 40 bloggers–if you are wanting to keep up this way.).
Recently, I was able to ask Jon a few questions about the network that I thought would be helpful to you.
Jon, this is the first high-tech Lausanne Congress. How has the Cape Town 2010 Blogger Network contributed to the event?
Many people get carried away and focus on the technology but the technology is only as good as the people using it and engaging through it. The role of the Lausanne Blogger Network has been crucial to getting the Global Conversation going and keeping the content fresh because it brought together over 40 web-savvy communicators. As we encouraged them to write, gave them access to key information and provided opportunities for interviews, they were able to interact on the topics and to infuse some excellent content into the conversation. You might call the group a catalyst for the larger community.
What do you hope will come from the work of the Blogger Network after Cape Town 2010 ends later this week?
Each blogger has his or her own sphere of influence that was not necessarily a group that knew much about Lausanne. That means that these audiences now have an authentic and trusted voice speaking into their lives about the need for global evangelism. I believe that many of these bloggers will be impacted for life and will continue to engage their audiences in these issues over many years to come.
Who are some of the bloggers and how can people follow their posts?
Some of the key bloggers to follow who are on the ground in Cape Town are:
Thanks, Jon, for taking time to share with us today.
Let me encourage you to pray for Cape Town 2010 and also participate in the conversation HERE.
Jon and his wife, Mindy, are the co-founders of Generous Mind, a think tank devoted to helping people be generous with their ideas.