Table of Contents for The Power of Participation

by Adrian Segar

The Power of Participation: Creating Conferences That Deliver Learning, Connection, Engagement, and Action

About the Author

Acknowledgments

Foreword

How to use this book

 

Part 1: Eliminate Attendees at Your Meetings

Get on your feet!
A dilemma: Hear or do?

Meetings are a mess—and how they got that way
How technology shapes our system of education
How culture shapes our system of education

Why participation is so important for today’s meetings
How adults learn

Active learning
The best way to learn
What is active learning?
How we learn
The learning environment
Learning lessons from physics and programming
Next practices, not best practices
Why we should use active learning at conferences

Connection
How social media (especially Twitter) strengthens my connections in the world of events
The advantages of supporting connection during meeting sessions
Movement and sharing
The classroom as a network
Connecting early and often

Engagement and community building
What is engagement?
Measuring event engagement via participant ratings
Using outcomes to measure event engagement
Should you attempt to measure engagement?
From engagement to community
What is community?
The value of community
Communities and associations
Building and maintaining community
Communities and meetings
New kinds of meetings
The value of face-to-face meetings in building community
Community building, engagement, and participation

Action
What can we do to get more effective action outcomes from our meetings?

Wishes

 

Part 2: Creating an Environment for Participation

Introduction
Creating a participatory event environment

Badge design

Meals

The Event Space
Venue layout
Physical environment
Sound considerations
Lighting
Room set
You don’t always get what you set

Seating
Avoid fixed seating
Use comfortable, lightweight chairs
Provide just the right number of chairs
Seating Matters
Provide explicit seating instructions
Seating arrangements influence individual and group experience
Sit next to someone you don’t know
When to use tables
Rounds

Information display
Attachment solutions
Please let us post!
Wall treatment solutions for venues
Pens
Navigational aids
Apps
Native and web apps

Timing
Staying on time
Timekeeping for balanced sharing in groups
Recommended timekeeping methods
How to use FlexTime for group sharing timekeeping

Giving up control
The Myth of Control

Safety
Create an environment in which you can feel OK about making mistakes
The right to not participate
Provide clear instructions
Consider providing explicit ground rules
Conclusion

Ground rules
Explicit versus implicit ground rules
What ground rules should I use?
The Four Freedoms
Confidentiality
Staying on time
Committing to ground rules
Treating participants like adults
Conclusion

Play and fun
Be alert for opportunities for spontaneous play and fun
Laughter
Supply a physical environment that suggests and encourages play and fun
Games
Thoughts about gamification

Facilitation
The task of facilitation
Facilitation as leadership
Process leadership is different from content leadership
Giving directions
Bringing people back on track
Facilitating effective communication
Supporting engagement
The gift of listening

Small group facilitation
Why you should facilitate small group selection
Goals for small group selection
How large should small groups be?
General considerations when forming groups
Performing group selection

Getting attention
Raising hands
Clap once, clap twice
Distinctive music

Asking questions
Ground rules for questions
Crafting questions
Additional considerations in using questions
When you are asked questions
Meta-questions
Be careful with “why?” questions
Be comfortable with silence
A (sometimes) magical question
More questions?

White space techniques
Provide more out-of-sessions time
Give attendees explicit permission to miss sessions
Provide longer breaks
Eliminate distracting business and entertainment during meals

The conference arc
Openings
Middles
Endings

The conference metaphor
A wedding
A conversation
Saying goodbye
Powerful metaphors

And now for something completely specific

 

Part 3: Compendium of Participation Techniques

Participation techniques overview
Introduction
How to use this compendium of techniques
Techniques by goal
Techniques by conference phase
Techniques by group size
Techniques glossary

Techniques for encouraging connection outside conference sessions
Badge It!
Seat Swap

Openers
What are openers for?
Building meaningful connections
Opening techniques . . . and more

The Three Questions
Description
When?
Resources
Why use question cards?
How?

Roundtable
Description
When?
Resources
How?

Human spectrograms
Description
When?
Resources
How? One-dimensional human spectrograms
How? Two-dimensional human spectrograms
How? State-change human spectrograms

The Solution Room
Description
When?
Resources
How?

Post It!
Description
When?
Resources
How?

Middles
Techniques that facilitate productive small group discussions
Techniques that support effective voting
Techniques that create learning opportunities

Small group discussions
The benefits and pitfalls of small group discussions
The purpose of small group discussions

Pair share
Description
When?
Resources
How?

Guided discussions
Description
When?
Resources
How?

Open Space
Description
Why I don’t like unconferences
When?
Resources
How?

World Café
Description
When?
Resources
How?
World Café Lite

Fishbowls
Description
When?
Resources
How?

Affinity grouping
Description
When?
Resources
How?

Participatory voting
Ways to use participatory voting
Low-tech versus high-tech voting solutions

Hand/stand voting
Description
When?
Resources
How?

Roman Voting
Description
When?
Resources
How?

Card voting
Description
When?
Resources
How?

Table voting
Description
When?
Resources
How?

Dot voting
Description
When?
Resources
How?

Anonymous voting
Description
When?
Resources
How?

Creating learning opportunities

Short form presentations: Pecha & Ignite
Description
When?
Resources
How?

Case studies and simulations
Description
When?
Resources
How?
A simulation example: Harvest by Dennis Meadows

Endings—consolidating learning and moving to outcomes

Pro Action Café
Description
When?
Resources
How?

Plus/Delta
Description
When?
Resources
How?

Personal introspective
Description
When?
Resources
How?

Group spective
Description
When?
Resources
How?

Appendix 1: Minimum Room Dimensions for Roundtable and Closing Sessions

Appendix 2: Personal Introspective Questions Card

Notes

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