The Media Future Summit is an exclusive gathering of top executives tapped from throughout the media ecosystem to seek lasting business solutions amid digital-age reordering of the media economy. MFS laureates will depart with up-to-the-minute news from the monetization front lines. But more importantly they collaborate to identify and cultivate sustainable solutions.
In its fourth year, MFS will convene in Philadelphia on Thursday, November 8, at the Annenberg Public Policy Center's agora at the University of Pennsylvania. For the first time, we are under the aegis of Penn's Annenberg School for Communication.
In a slight twist on the format, this year we will be agonizing less over the current troubles and looking extensively toward the near future -- a world perhaps of blockchain, cryptocurrency micropayments, a government-broken-up duopoly, an attention economy and so on. Kind of like the World’s Fair City of Tomorrow, minus the monorail.
As always, the spirited conversation will take place entirely among the delegation: the highest ranking experts on a 6-inch-high stage in colloquy with equally high ranking experts populating banquet tables in the room. (Plus an actual banquet, of course.) Excepting keynotes, no outside speakers will be onstage.
In the coming weeks, a roster of co-hosts will be announced, who in turn will tap delegates for this invitation-only event. Check back here for updates later in the spring.
The day is engineered to be fully participatory. There will be little distinction between what is said on stage and what is contributed by the industry leaders and experts from the floor. The currency of the day will be experience: the sharing of successes and failures toward the common cause of — as the mission statement enunciates — “vibrant, ethical and sustainable media in a democratic society.” The output will be a communique declaring a set of goals and principles.
MFS participation signifies an ongoing commitment, leadership role and influence that can be marshaled at only the highest levels of ownership and management.
If you have received an invitation from one or our hosts, click HERE to register.
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More like a membership society than an ad hoc event, the MFS signifies an ongoing commitment, leadership role and influence that can be marshaled at only the highest levels of ownership and management. An invitation is recognition of just that influence.
We are working on the 2018 Agenda, which will focus on what a media near-future might actually look like -- a world perhaps of blockchain, cryptocurrency micropayments, a government-broken-up duopoly, an attention economy and so on.
The day will begin at 8:00am with Registration, Breakfast and Opening Statements. The Summit will consist of various topics followed by all delegates breaking into Discussion Groups and then sharing their key findings.
The 2017 program, featured both industry figures and academics and included presentations, panels and no-holds-barred interviews on a range of revenue-generation topics. View the 2017 agenda.