How to access the online Resilience Forum with Microsoft Teams

Just like our offline Resilience Forums, alongside the content shared by the facilitators online, we want to create opportunities for us all to discuss and debate the topics raised. For that reason, we are using a platform that allows us to interact securely in a digital space that allows us to raise questions via Q&A, share verbal feedback, as well as breakout into smaller groups for discussion. The platform we have chosen is the online platform Microsoft Teams where participants can be added as ‘guests’ to the Boingboing team space. We have chosen this platform as it appears to be more secure and transparent in its data practices than many others. Please see our privacy statement for more information about Microsoft Teams terms and conditions.

Before you take part in the online Resilience Forum, below are a few things that we encourage you to read carefully with the hope that it will help us run the event as smoothly as possible. The information below contains important details about how you will be added to the digital space and we encourage you to read that part particularly carefully. 

Joining Microsoft Teams

We will be using the email address you enter on the Tickettailor booking platform to invite you as a ‘guest’ to a Microsoft Team space for the Forum. Please note – your name and email address will be visible to all other Resilience Forum participants when in the Microsoft Teams space. If you would like to use a different email address to the one you used to sign up to the event, please contact Laura (Administration Assistant, Blackpool Council) on [email protected].

You will usually receive your guest invite the day before the Forum session is due to run (or occasionally on the morning of the day the Forum is being held).

If you already have a Microsoft account, you will be invited to access the Resilience Forum space either via the App or the web browser. Either is fine although the App is easier to navigate. You can download the App here. If you do not already have an account you will be asked to make one – more details on how to do this are available here.

Making the most of the Resilience Forum space in Microsoft Teams

The facilitators and Boingboing co-host Rosie will be in the online space 15 minutes before the session is due to start to welcome you. We encourage you to arrive a few minutes before the start of the Forum as we plan to make a prompt start at the advertised starting time (usually 4pm GMT). When you enter the Forum Space you will come to the ‘general’ area. This is where the main Forum will be held and you will be able to ‘join’ the main video session (please press ‘Join Meeting’).

Because we commonly expect up to 60 people to join the Forum, during her introductions, Rosie will guide us all through some practical settings to help manage the space. This will include asking you to mute your microphone unless speaking (she will talk us through how to do that). We will also be using the ‘chat’ function to collate questions and make comments during the Forum – again Rosie will show us how to find the chat function. The Forum Team space will be deleted after the event (in the same way a physical room space would be closed down after a session).

Link to a ‘jargon buster’
On the Boingboing website, we have a ‘jargon buster’ of terms that are commonly referred to in Resilience Forums. You can find the jargon buster here

Getting in touch

If you have questions regarding any aspect of the Forum, please do not hesitate to contact Rosie (PhD Student at CRSJ and Boingboing volunteer) on [email protected]. Alternatively, you can contact Laura (Administration Assistant, Blackpool Council) on [email protected].