Comments on: When will we wake up about the need to change our conference designs? Unconferences, peer conferences, participant-driven events, and facilitation Mon, 30 Aug 2021 23:15:12 +0000 hourly 1 By: Justin Locke Wed, 16 Oct 2013 17:03:00 +0000 Bertrand Russell once pointed out that throughout medical history, there has never been an ineffective medical treatment that was pleasant for the patient.

That said, let’s look at this in reverse: Who wins and/or benefits from the status quo?

By: Kevin Priger Wed, 07 Mar 2012 21:15:00 +0000 In reply to traci browne.

Traci, I know of some innovative events in the religious conference market (Catalyst Conference here in Atlanta) but I don’t think they stray far from Adrian’s tag “sage-on-the-stage”.   Rather they are using innovative marketing to give the impression they’re doing things differently. 

Additionally, many of us us are just plain lazy.  Aren’t we?  We’d rather head to a big conference and invisibly absorb what these gurus tell us rather than interact with others who may have every bit as much knowledge but just a smaller audience.  (I prefer the latter)

Who is doing the types of events you mention, on the corporate side?  I’d like to reach out to them and possibly see if they’re interested in coming into our local MPI chapter for some knowledge-sharing.

By: Adrian Segar Thu, 01 Mar 2012 20:28:44 +0000 In reply to traci browne.

The edACCESS conference, now in its 21st year, started when three people (one of whom was me) decided to put an event together for IT staff at small schools. The association didn’t get formed until 10 years later. So I don’t disagree with you that often the best conferences get started by a few individuals :).

I looked at the LessConf website which you just tweeted about. Fantastic marketing (and probably delivery) and a topic that guarantees a constant supply of new attendees. But what else is revolutionary about it? (I’m not being combative here, I’d like to know.)

Would love some examples of how “corporate meetings are generally way ahead of the meetings industry when it comes to the use of tech.”

Please share examples of events you have in mind; so we can see what you’re talking about.

By: traci browne Thu, 01 Mar 2012 17:59:00 +0000 In reply to Adrian Segar.

here is where my point comes in…you are saying organizations which make me think again of this association word or event industry group.  I’m talking about people who decide they want to meet as a group, they are not “organizations”.  They are doing revolutionary stuff and are 10-20 years ahead of us on meeting design and content.  Also corporate meetings are generally way ahead of the meetings industry when it comes to the use of tech.

I would agree that associations need to change, but don’t think we can say eventprofs are leading the way.  They may be leading the way in the association world but they are not innovators.

By: Adrian Segar Wed, 29 Feb 2012 19:20:00 +0000 In reply to traci browne.

Traci, I disagree. Sure, some organizations have begun to use better conference and session designs. But try this: pick some organizations at random and look up their annual conference programs on the web. With few exceptions, you’ll see the same old sage-on-the-stage fare.

Perhaps you’ll write about the conferences you’ve attended that were different? That would be good to hear about.

By: traci browne Wed, 29 Feb 2012 18:58:00 +0000 I used to be in agreement with you that change needs to take place in conferences.  Then I started looking at and attending conferences outside of the industry.  Conferences being produced by non industry folks, people without CMPs after their names.  I now would argue that the change has already taken place, it’s just our industry it far behind and many of our industry organizations that are decades behind.