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Recently I read a post by Seth Godin about what makes a conference work- it sparked some thoughts.
I love events. I am involved, on a variety of levels, with the planning of several conferences each year.
I ‘ve had many conversations while planning events about how they need to change to embrace a shifting culture. In a world where there is a constant stream of information from brilliant people — I can watch Ted Talks, listen to podcasts, you tube clips, read blogs — how do I justify the time and expense of going to an event? Especially if the event is just about disseminating information — just another lecture, or just another talking head.
There must be some dynamic that makes the event worth it for me.
I think the answer lies in the collaboration of those attending, creating a sense of community and personal connection, and creating a unique experience. I also like Seth’s idea of an event being a part of a greater movement. (I encourage you to read Seth Godin’s blog.)
What makes a conference work for you?
My friend Scott Erickson created these great Lincoln 2012 election posters to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. Also to inspire us to vote for candidates who will work for unity, lead with decisive determination, and seek to uphold the rights of all people in the same fashion that Lincoln did.
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Apple has posted a video on their home page commemorating the life of their visionary leader, Steve Jobs. Jobs passed away one year ago on Friday.
Berlin hosted the 2nd annual hipster olympics this past week. Filled with irony, it featured events such as skinny jeans tug-o-war, vinyl record spinning, and make-your-own-ironic-Hipster-mustache. See more images here.
Image by Adam Berry / Getty Images
I recently read a very interesting article on CNN by Priya Parker entitled, “Millennials Paralyzed by Choice”.
She contends that through social media millennials constantly hear about “all the cool places they could be and cool things they could be doing, which always seem better than where they now are.” This constant stream is shaping a “defining ethic” of this generation, who when facing major life decisions seem to be paralyzed by FOBO – the “fear of better options”. Here are a few really interesting segments:
More and more, particularly among those who have yet to make those big life decisions (whom to marry, what kind of job to commit to, where to live), FOMO and FOBO – the “fear of better options” – are causing these young leaders to stand still rather than act. “The way I think about it metaphorically is choosing one door to walk through means all the other doors close, and there’s no ability to return back to that path,” one subject told me. “And so rather than actually go through any doorway, it’s better to stand in the atrium and gaze.”
Those with the most options in this generation have a tendency to choose the option that keeps the most options open.
Have you found this to be true? Could this change the way you interact with millennials?
Read the full article here.
Here are a few other observations of note that he makes:
My worry is that the ubiquity of texting may accelerate the decline of what our struggling democracy most needs: independent thought. Indeed, as texting crowds out other activities, it must inevitably crowd out inactivity — and there lies a danger. For inactivity and thinking are inextricably linked.…when the rest of the world thinks we are idle, the brain, if properly trained, is following its own path. Only then, he contends, are we truly thinking. The rest of the time we are analyzing and reacting, but our thoughts are then determined by responses to the thoughts of others. Unless we spend time in reflection — in idleness — we can never truly think thoughts of our own.
I could not agree more. I think our devices are making our personal thought lives crowded. Instead of riding an elevator or waiting in line at the store—I am looking at my phone.
This immediately made me think about how important it is for us to structure our conferences, church gatherings and learning environments to include space for reflection, processing and thought.
“When any new form comes into the foreground of things, we naturally look at it through the old stereos. We can’t help that. This is normal, and we’re still trying to see how will our previous forms of political and educational patterns persist under television. We’re just trying to fit the old things into the new form, instead of asking what is the new form going to do to all the assumptions we had before.”
How might this apply to the internet? To the way we gather?
[HT: Michael Novelli]