Understanding un-conferencing to collaborate for IDEAS
‘Events, seminars, inspiring talk, chat-shows, and traditional conferences’; these are part of our day to day professional life today where attending such programs with presentations and speeches has become utmost necessity for career development. But do such traditional conferences unleash the innovative ideas that add value to our business? What if you were provided with an opportunity to express your ideas and collaborate with peers in an event with topics of your interest? My predictions are that it would be more fun filled and lively. That’s exactly what un-conferencing is. If you find power-point presentation, research conferences, and traditional conferences as sleeping tablets or boredom then, un-conferencing is definitely for you.
Rebecca O. Bagley, Chief Executive Officer and President at NorTech Energy Enterprise, says, “Un-conferences are about empowering attendees to share their expertise. They give participants the opportunity to have an unfiltered exchange of innovative ideas.” This process allows participants not only to be the facilitator and the speaker themselves but also to lead the session and facilitate the process, as a result adding value to the entire process. Ideas generated are completely based on their level of understanding which most likely would address the market requirement. The specialty of this model is that there are no keynote speech, no invitees as guest speaker, no panelist, no lectures and presentation and hence discussion among the attendees on the topic of their interest itself which is something attendees feel more worthy.
Every market is unique and so are the market needs, which need to be accordingly catered. Therefore, for any unique market to excel; there has to be injection of innovation and creativity which can be borrowed from and shared with every stakeholders of the market. The idea behind un-conferencing is that, as Dave Wine put it, “The sum of the expertise of the people in the audience is greater than the sum of the expertise of the people on stage.”
Each of us desires to take our business to next level. Probably that’s the reason why we wish to exchange innovative ideas and get advice from our stakeholders to grow our businesses. Un-conferences are the platform to share, learn, communicate and grow. Un-conferences have gained popularity for their flexibility, creativity and ability to seamlessly change course at any moment.
Un-conferencing is important for:
- Building relationships and strong networks with other organizations
As, un-conferences are all about engaging attendees in informal discussion with fellow participants, it allows in building strong relationship with diverse expertise and talents present in the event. Informal relationships are more strong ones than formal ones. Un-conferences are important to create better networks and connection.
- Creating opportunities for innovation
There are continuous pressures for an organization to achieve positive outcomes with less funding. In such scenarios, innovative solutions are becoming increasingly important. Un-conferences, as it is unstructured model, the participatory opinions of attendees would aid in intensifying the quality of ideas. This model also results in crafting ideas with low cost. Un-conferencing could be a price-effective tool for innovation, blending unique ideas of participating individuals.
- Enhancing learning experiences
People learn more when they are actively involved in learning process. The process is even fruitful if it is an enjoyable experience. Traditional conferences are often passive, as you just listen to presentations or speakers. While conventional sessions provide knowledge to attendees by the model of ‘learning by hearing’. On the contrary, the attendees gain insights and knowledge at un-conferencing with the model of ‘learning by participating’. Un-conferencing encourages participants to take responsibility for what they gain from attending the event as attendees have the luxury to choose their own agendas for discussion.
“For the better market, collaboration with market stakeholders is an essence.” It is with this same belief, Clock b Business Innovations is introducing Un-conferencing Session in its first ever innovation event of Nepal, ‘Innovation IDs – Idea Designing Summit’, on 16 & 17 November 2016 at Tribhuvan Army Officers Club, Sundhara, Kathmandu; with an aim to serve as a platform to collaborate for innovation. Through this event, we wish to provide an unprecedented platform to all attending businesses and professionals for collaborating to design ideas together to address the market and industrial complexities. It is the vision of Clock b team to inform, entertain, and provide a business innovation platform for our attendees in a pleasant, comfortable environment.
If a collaborative designing of ideas serves your business’s interest, un-conferencing can be very productive by connecting you to ideas coming from various individuals.
We will see you at our business innovation themed event Innovation IDs, to generate bright new ideas.
Author: Roshani Chand
Clock b Business Innovations