Unconference on making the world a better place?

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Unconference on making the world a better place?

Have you heard of the new trend in conferences called unconferences? An unconference has a loose agenda, no set speakers, no canned Powerpoint presentations – just a bunch of attendees who really want to get the most out of the conference as they can, so they participate in the planning of the unconference in terms of what topics to cover and the content of the sessions. It starts off with a wiki before the unconference. The wiki is used to flesh out the agenda, the topics and so forth and then at the unconference will break into groups, side rooms and start sharing information, collaborating, discussing, case studies, etc.

I have heard it said that the best part of a conference is the discussions that go on out in the corridors between sessions. An unconference turns those corridor discussions into the conference itself. So far, there have been only a small number of unconferences — the most famous of which being BarCamp — but none that I know of on any Changing the World type subjects like environmental issues or social issues etc.

I would love to see organizations such as Greenpeace and United Way etc. organizing unconferences, or even just individuals on topics focused on making the world a better place.

3 Comments

  1. This is a new concept for me but I like the sound of it. It’s like reverse method to undo all the negative things happening in the world. If only matters were just as easy to reverse. Still, this is a good start. It promises to leave room for all opinions. No one is held back by positions or whatnot. Everybody is free to say whatever they feel they need to say.

  2. PeterK says:

    Hey, the Bil conference just ended http://bilconference.com/ If it’s anything like the confrence it’s based off of (Ted) then it probably has something on making the world a better place. A friend of mine went and said it was excellent.

  3. Luke says:

    Unconferences, eh? Sounds like a great idea. All the learning of a conference without the boredom of structured meetings.

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