The past weekend I attending my third unconference.
It was a real blast, instead of the normal conference where you are there to listen, at an unconference you are there to engage.
And it’s through the engagement that REAL learning can evolve, it’s that experience, discussion back and forth. In contrast at a normal conference you go to listen then apply.
So what is an unconference? Simple there is no agenda, you turn up and the attendees just add their own topics.
A session is more a discussion than a speech, the topic is set, a discussion point is created and you go from there.
Hang on does it actually work? Yes. Amazingly it does. Topics are self selected, so by definition only something someone really wants to talk about and you get to pick which sessions you attend (versus sit through a boring session awaiting the next good one).
What I suggest is that you set up your own unconference, for your industry, company or network. Invite internal/external people from right across the board and let them go. The less agenda the better 😉