Posted on: 28 May 2014 by: Carl Haggerty - No Comments
The Think Different, Do Different unconference is a new way of running an event, where the majority of the agenda is set by those attending.
The bulk of the morning is made up of three sessions, which will be spread across different breakout rooms. The topics covered by the sessions will be put forward by attendees during the first part of the day when the agenda is set.
Sessions can take many forms. They could be presenter led, where an individual has a talk they would like to give on a certain topic to present some ideas. Alternatively, they could be discussion based – the proposer would like to see an issue discussed within a group, rather than having insight themselves they would like to share.
All the sessions that are put forward are added to the agenda grid in one of the time slots and in one of the breakout rooms. Delegates will then be able to choose which sessions look most interesting to them.
This event is a type of ‘open space’ event. The rules of open space are:
Whoever comes are the right people …reminds participants that they don’t need the CEO and 100 people to get something done, you need people who care. And, absent the direction or control exerted in a traditional meeting, that’s who shows up in the various breakout sessions of an Open Space meeting.
Whenever it starts is the right time …reminds participants that “spirit and creativity do not run on the clock.”
Wherever it happens is the right place …reminds participants that space is opening everywhere all the time. Please be conscious and aware.
Whatever happens is the only thing that could have …reminds participants that once something has happened, it’s done—and no amount of fretting, complaining or otherwise rehashing can change that. Move on.
When it’s over, it’s over …reminds participants that we never know how long it will take to resolve an issue, once raised, but that whenever the issue or work or conversation is finished, move on to the next thing. Don’t keep rehashing just because there’s 30 minutes left in the session. Do the work, not the time.
There is also one law of open space – the law of two feet: “If at any time during our time together you find yourself in any situation where you are neither learning nor contributing, use your two feet, go someplace else.” Someplace else may be dropping in on another session.
Each session will last for around an hour. If there is more to be discussed on that topic, or actions to be taken forward, they should be recorded on Yammer to be followed up later or agreed by those attending.