BlogTalkRadio (www.blogtalkradio.com) Founder Alan Levy today addressed the next generation of citizen broadcasters from 50 countries at the Greenwich Forum. Conducted by the British Council in association with the World Economic Forum, the event aims to tap the views of the younger generation on their vision for the future.
Levy educated attendees on the power of social radio networks such as BlogTalkRadio to enable anyone in the world to host or listen to a live radio show with call-ins–without the need for special equipment or a proprietary download.
The barrier of entry to live radio has been torn down, said Levy. The next generation of leaders will use services such as BlogTalkRadio to unite communities through truly live, interactive events. Our goal in participating in the Greenwich Forum is to inspire a culture of citizen broadcasters with the power to express themselves through truly social, participatory media.
With Gordon Brown as patron, the Greenwich Forum will select six attendees to attend the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, where they will host live radio shows accessible in their home country as well as to listeners around the world. The spirit of Davos will be expressed through these emerging leaders ages 20 to 25, who are empowered through a new platform to share their opinions with the world. A companion blog will encourage the debate.
The 21st Century will witness a greater need for diverse cultures and value systems to work together closely, said David Steven, Co-Director of the Greenwich Forum. New technologies such as BlogTalkRadio provide any citizen in the world a voice to be heard. The Greenwich Forum is giving future leaders the tools to communicate in a more social and diverse world.
BlogTalkRadio has more than 1,000,000 monthly listeners and more than 2,000 hosts in 30 countries discussing subjects ranging from politics to health. After shows air live on BlogTalkRadio, they are archived as podcasts and made available via RSS to iTunes and other services. Hosts also have the unique capability to upload audio files for playback during shows.
The Greenwich Forum takes place from 17 to 20 January 2007 at Devonport House in UNESCO Heritage Site area of Greenwich in London. The World Economic Forum at Davos, Switzerland takes place from 24 to 28 January 2007.
ABOUT THE BRITISH COUNCIL
The British Council is the UK&#s international organisation for educational opportunities and cultural relations. Operating in 233 towns and cities in 109 countries and territories worldwide, the not-for-profit organisation builds relationships and understanding between people in the UK and other countries and increased appreciation of the UK&#s ideas and achievements overseas. The British Council focuses on creativity, education and civil society and operates at arm&#s length from the government.
BlogTalkRadio is the first social radio network. BlogTalkRadio allows anyone with a phone or Internet connection to host or listen to a live radio show with call-ins. Founded in August 2006 by telecommunications pioneers Alan Levy and Bob Charish, the Company is headquartered in New Jersey. For more information, or to become a host, visit www.blogtalkradio.com.