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May 11, 2007

Unconference

Filed under: ideas — Stephen @ 9:19 am

I love this idea: an unstructured gathering, a reaction to the commercialism of most current conferences, and one in which the only rule is participation. How many conferences have I been to in which I’ve had no choice but to sit and listen to someone telling me stuff that I already knew (or could Google from the comfort of my laptop)

I’d like to attempt one at LBi – who’s in?

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3 Comments »

  1. I’m in!

    At first I was thinking that something this unstructured couldn’t be that useful. Surely the idea behind a conference is to learn what you can from people who know more than you?

    Then I realised the idea was to share ideas, and that the collective sharing is what makes it useful. This sometimes happens in the bar after normal conferences, but it’s too random to be of much help.

    So many statements go unchallenged in a one-way powerpoint presentation, and it would be great to bounce these ideas around between equal peers.

    And the non-passive aspect of the event is essential to make this work. Getting quiet people to speak up will doubtless give this unconference an edge that traditional conferences lack.

    One interesting question would be how would such an event be mediated? This would still be an important part of the session; otherwise you could end up drifting off-topic, or one person could dominate.

    Looking forward to it!

    Comment by Phillie Casablanca — May 11, 2007 @ 3:12 pm

  2. Yay, we’re halfway there then…now all we gotta figure is:

    :: what would the Unconference be about?
    :: where would we host it?
    :: who would we (not) invite?

    Comment by Stephen — May 11, 2007 @ 3:46 pm

  3. Oh, and :

    :: how do we not invite people?

    Comment by Stephen — May 11, 2007 @ 3:48 pm


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