Participate! Indianapolis

June 2, 2018 9:00 am - 5:00 pm Indianapolis, IN


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Learn to Design Participation-Rich Conferences

We’ve known for a long time that lectures are terrible ways to learn, and that today’s attendees are no longer satisfied to sit and listen to lectures. If you want to design conferences where learning, connection, and engagement take place, you need to build in participation.

Attend Participate!

Participate! shows you how to design participation-rich conferences through direct experience of participatory meeting techniques. During the workshop you’ll experience those techniques first-hand, every one followed by a debrief and short “theory bites” session that covers the key concepts and background. To help you master them, the design techniques will be introduced in the order they’d appear during a participation-rich conference.

Participate! is ideal for:

  • Conference producers
  • Education directors
  • Meeting planners
  • Facilitators
  • Experience designers
  • Presenters
  • Community organizers and
  • Anyone who needs to improve the effectiveness of meetings

Topics Include:

  • Techniques & theory
  • The Three Questions
  • How agreements transform your event
  • Roundtable
  • Why participation works
  • Human spectrograms
  • Experience versus listening
  • Crowdsourcing techniques
  • Emotion versus thinking
  • Audience voting techniques
  • The gifts of listening and capture
  • The Solution Room
  • Maintaining attention
  • Environments that support participation
  • Peer sessions
  • Effective short-form formats
  • Fishbowls
  • Using white space at events
  • Small group work
  • Planning versus improvisation
  • Pair share
  • What you need to know about technology
  • Personal introspective
  • Encouraging connections outside sessions
  • Plus/Delta
  • Group-spective
  • Finding and working with peer facilitators
  • And more


Workshop details

Workshop fee includes refreshments and lunch. Participate! will be held in downtown Indianapolis near the Indiana Conference Center. Attire is casual. The deadline to request a refund for your registration fee is Sunday, April 15, 2018. Registration cancellations received prior to Sunday, April 15, 2018 will receive a refund less a $50 service fee. No refunds will be made after this date. Cancellations will be accepted via email only and must be received by the stated cancellation deadline. For more information, contact Adrian Segar.