Today’s a big day, because it’s the last day of our annual Call For Speakers and Ideas, a time that combines the pomp of Christmas with the longevity of two Hanukkahs. We’ve gotten some really great submissions this year, and we’re especially ready for the flurry from everyone who inevitably waits until the last possible minute (because, y’know, parenting).
Social media is often credited with connecting our world as never before, but it also seems to lend itself to social misunderstanding. Enraging rather than engaging. Such is the folly of text without context.
Ever since Albert Mehrabian proposed his “7-38-55” rule back in the 1960s, smarter people than we have asserted (and vigorously debated) that most of human communication is non-verbal. Or: what we say is less important then how we say it. And by stripping away a lot of the How, social media leaves more What that can be misinterpreted, over- or under-analyzed, lost in translation.
And that’s why we’re in the Summit business. Meeting people IRL restores the How, so we can be better equipped to appreciate–and less inclined to reactively and anonymously malign–the What. That is, putting a real face to an avatar makes social media much more social. After all, a conversation is not one-sided. It is back-and-forth, the sharing of ideas.
It is in this spirit of humanizing our digital space that we call this time the Call for Speakers and Ideas. Even if, for whatever reason, you’re unable to speak with us, we want you to be heard.
The Dad 2.019 Call for Speakers AND Ideas ENDS TODAY!
- Submit your Call For Speakers and Ideas form now! Have questions? Check out our Speaker Submission Tips.
- Now that our Summer Sale has ended, Summit tickets are available here for just $249.
- The Miller Grants help to support those that need it with regard to attending Dad 2.0. Donate and/or apply here.
IN THE NEWS
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In Canada (and some states) the legalization of marijuana is shifting the way parents talk about pot with their kids.
“Empathy is key to raising a good man.”
“It became clear to me that we only die physically because we are the product of the generations before us, and we live on in the generations after us.”
“If parents don’t believe in their own child, it is difficult for a child to find his best intentions.”
To share or to overshare? That is the parenting question regarding online photos of our kids.
Ever wonder what anthropology can tell us about hands-on fatherhood and its impact on humankind?
The portrayal of dads in movies and TV has improved drastically over the past few years, but it can still be better
- “Ignore your critics. Trust your instincts. These are your children, no one knows them like you know them.” – Dean Rasmussen, From one Single Dad to Another – You Got This!
- “Despite the fact that our marriage did not work out, and I could not be the hero of my ex-wife’s story, I was bound and determined to be a hero in my daughter’s life.” – David Elliot, Become A Superdad To Your Daughter In Seven Easy Lessons
- “A tale of childhood. A tale of fun. A tale of absentmindedness and excuses and going commando. And a tale of a very, very frustrated dad.” – Brent Almond, Sh*t My Kid Lost at Summer Camp
- “The journey is not about comparison.” – Glen Henry, Watching My Son Conquer His Fears
- “I know fathers who live at home,with their kids, who don’t interact with them nearly as much as I do.” – Niel Vuolo, FaceTime Father
Aretha Franklin, John McCain, and now Burt Reynolds. It’s been a tough couple of weeks for American legends.
Reynolds, who passed yesterday, once said “If you hang onto something long enough, it will come back in style . . . like me.” We’re not sure he ever went out of style, but we’ll hold on all the same.
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